Hardy tells of Mad Max reboot fears
Tom Hardy has revealed how intimidated he was by Mel Gibson's legacy as he was embraced by the star at the world premiere of the Mad Max reboot.
Gibson became a global superstar after the 1979 classic and two sequels and Hardy said it was difficult to step into his shoes as Max Rockatansky for Mad Max: Fury Road.
On the red carpet at the world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, the Locke actor hugged surprise guest Gibson and Mad Max writer and director George Miller. However, he admitted he had feared everyone on set would hate him because he wasn't Gibson.
Hardy said: "It is great to have Mel here, I didn't expect him to come. When I got the part I was suddenly stuck with the thought, 'Oh no, everyone loves Mel. I'm the new kid and they are going to hate me. I suck already and I haven't even started.'
"That was a concern. But I have to remember George created Mad Max with Mel, which is synonymous, and I've just inherited the legacy and it's my job to just turn up and do as he asks, so the pressure comes off."
He added it was difficult to gauge how different his performance was to his predecessor.
"I'm a different person to Mel, but at the end of the day it's George's further development of his imagination with this character, so there is no room for other interpretations, George is going to drive the way this is going and you just get on and that's it."
After numerous tough guy roles including Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and Charles Bronson in Bronson, Hardy said he appreciated the humanity in Max.
"What I like about him is he's a bit more human, everything hurts with him so I think if he could avoid doing anything tough he probably would, he would skirt round the outside and find a nice fireplace and a wet dog and sit down and have a cup of tea and avoid it all. He just wants to go home but can't."
He was joined on the red carpet by his co-star Charlize Theron, who sports a super short buzz cut in the action film, and said she couldn't imagine any other look: "I came up with it so I'm going to have to say I'm OK with it. I can't imagine doing the film any other way.
"I could never see this character with a ponytail, and that is always what we got left with, I'm so over the ponytail in these movies."
:: Mad Max: Fury Road roars into UK cinemas on May 14.