Tom Hardy Is Ready For His Extreme Close-up, Mr. DeMille!

Associate Editor, Features; Rotterdam, The Netherlands (@ardvark23)
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Tom Hardy is one of those actors who popped up once in a while in a supporting role, but had an anonymous-enough face to not really stick around in my memory.

Well, that changed a couple of years ago, with two stellar roles in a row. He blew me away in a lead role where he had to carry the entire film, and in the major blockbuster he starred in afterwards, he was a very memorable supporting actor. What really impressed me, though, was that it took me more than an hour to recognize him as the same actor!

Ever since then, I've been a fan of Tom Hardy, and rightly so, as he has added more excellent performances to his resumé. Rest assured I recognize him a bit quicker these days...

So once again I'm going to use a gallery of six close-ups of one of my favorite thespians to make a quiz. Click through the images and guess which six movies they're from. No competition, no prizes, just for fun, try to see how far you get without using IMDB.

And I'll post the answers next Tuesday (earlier if someone has all six of them right).

So this is what he normally looks like, apparently. Note that this is a publicity shot and does not feature yet in this quiz. All other images do, though!

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BrendonConnellyNovember 15, 2013 6:14 AM

Inception, RocknRolla, Bronson, Warrior, Star Trek: Nemesis, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

He is good, isn't he?

Ard VijnNovember 15, 2013 6:32 AM

Blimey, THAT was fast!
Yes, he is good and so are you!

Lesley PittmanNovember 15, 2013 7:09 AM

Try and get the British TV series The Take, available on DVD. After watching this I was convinced he is a STAR.

Kate RiordanNovember 15, 2013 5:53 PM

Inception (Eames); RocknRolla, (Handsome Bob); Bronson; Warrior (Tommy Riordan); Star Trek Nemesis (Shinzon); Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Ricki Tarr)

Ard VijnNovember 15, 2013 7:03 PM

Yep! But BrendonConnelly beat you to it. ;-)

Susan Elizabeth SummersNovember 15, 2013 7:36 PM

He gives a wonderful performance in The Take. Also, check out Masterpiece Theatre's Wuthering Heights. He is the real deal and easy on the eyes!!

Kate RiordanNovember 15, 2013 9:22 PM

That's ok! I just wanted to play ;)

kiki nikolakiNovember 16, 2013 8:59 AM

Hmmm.... Lets see....Well... Eams at Inception 2010, Handsome Bob at RocknRolla 2008, Bronson in Bronson 009 , Tomy in Warrior 2011,Someone in Star Treck 2001and Mr. Tar in Tinker Taylor Spy 2010

Pa Kent Says MaybeNovember 17, 2013 1:24 PM

Screw this quiz...Answer me this which "lead" did he blow you away in? BRONSON?

And the blockbuster? You going with INCEPTION? Cult movies are now Blockbusters?

Hardy's still unrecognizable. And, no --- he ain't that good either, fanboy. You really need to get out more.

Next week...Banderswitch Cumberbund, This Year's Fassbender.

Forkboy Von ForkboyNovember 17, 2013 8:58 PM

Try the decaf.

MichaelNovember 25, 2013 5:55 AM is Inception a cult movie and not a blockbuster? It pulled in over $800 million dollars, won four Academy Awards and were starring A-listers like Leonardo diCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Berenger, Cillian Murphy and Ellen Page.

A-list cast, massive box office, win all the awards, crazy effective marketing scheme... that sounds like blockbuster to me.

ScottDecember 4, 2013 2:04 AM

Enjoyed his role in Lawless.

Pa Kent Says MaybeDecember 5, 2013 11:12 PM


Do you know the difference between the A-List and the C-List? Betcha don't, 'cause other than Leo, those you listed are all middle-alphabet actors.

"Win all the awards." Um, you realize nobody remembers last year's Best Picture winner, let alone which flick won which meaningless techie wah-wah? Tell me the four Oscars INCEPTION won, and I'll tell you I'm real impressed with a look on my face indicating the opposite.

A cult movie, by definition, is a movie which is enthusiastically appreciated by a specific group. A "blockbuster", though I grant the definition has been watered down by "tentpoles" and "franchises", should appeal to a mass audience, a general audience. If you think INCEPTION is a movie that will be remembered and rewatched by subsequent generations, um, like a blockbuster such as JAWS, THE EXORCIST, PLANET OF THE APES, whatever, um, I think you're fukking crackers.

To the point, the average man on the street doesn't even know who defuck Tom Hardy is, and they're unlikely ever to know. He's not that special.


Cody RobinsonDecember 6, 2013 11:51 PM

mentally challenged or trolling? we'll never know.

Pa Kent Says MaybeDecember 7, 2013 9:07 AM

Actually, you do know. It's the other option: Correct.

Catherine HalseyDecember 19, 2013 3:51 PM

His role as Bane had to be one of the best I've seen

HorizonJanuary 23, 2014 4:00 PM

Looks like he's wearing lipstick in the first photo.

H.E.H.February 11, 2014 2:08 PM

1.) watch Bronson
2.)Then watch The Dark Knight Rises.
3.) Be amazed.

Dark Knight Rises is fantastic; Bronson is a different kind of fantastic. I was very familiar with Hardy (a little obsessed, actually) after watching the latter. I saw his Batman performance 3 years later and was just blown away afterward -- when I found out that was actually Hardy as Bane!

Stuart DaleFebruary 16, 2014 6:01 PM

never seen him not give his all warrior was his film for me no one can do what he did the training must of been a killer deserved been noticed at the awards pulled of been a angry man perfect you wanted him t win tho that's how well he did plus normal lad used to steal cars ect fair play to him, mad max should be good british acting at a golden age now bane a easy role for him spoke his lines into a mic then edited after

OmegacronMarch 6, 2014 9:20 PM

You should add The Dark Knight Rises. I'm not a fan of the movie overall, or even in particular Nolan's version of Bane... but Hardy did the best he could with what he had, and he looks nothing like he did in any of these previous films.