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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Fans mob Hardy at Locke screening

Tom Hardy arrives at the screening of new film Locke at the Odeon West End cinema, London

Actor Tom Hardy was mobbed by fans as he arrived in London for the BFI London Film Festival.

The Dark Knight Rises star, 36, took time to pose for photos and sign autographs, ahead of the UK screening of his new film Locke, which was written and directed by Steven Knight.

Hardy, who stars as Ivan Locke, said on the red carpet at Odeon West End cinema: "The character of Locke was really exciting - one I hadn't played before. Plus it was an opportunity to do it like a stage play in real time.

"Locke is a really straight, solid bloke. He's a lovely man and he just wants to make the road trip down to London to see the birth of his child."

The film, which also stars Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott, sees Locke's life fall apart after a mistake in his past returns to haunt him.

It was shot in its entirety in less than a week and is set inside a car.

"It was good fun. We did it twice every night for five days," Hardy said.

Knight, who directed Hummingbird - starring Jason Statham - and BBC series Peaky Blinders, said Hardy was his top choice for the role.

"I think he's the best actor there is at the moment in the world, which is why he was my first choice," he said.

"He's always played extraordinary characters but this is the most ordinary person in the world. He was so committed to the project and loved the idea.

In a way a lot of actors would never do, he sacrificed his time and himself in order to make this project."

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