Belfast Telegraph

Hardy pushed to limit for Warrior

Tom Hardy has revealed he trained so hard for boxing movie Warrior he stopped caring about the plot.

The Inception star plays an ex-Marine who suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome, who is trained by his former alcoholic father to be a mixed martial arts fighter, pitting him against his own brother.

But Tom told The Guardian: "In hindsight I can see it's great drama, but when you're getting your teeth kicked in and eating endless chicken and broccoli, you don't really care."

The British actor - who turns 34 this week - put on 28lb of muscle for the roll, after giving up carbohydrates and doing hours of training.

He said: "I did two hours boxing a day, two hours mai tai, two hours ju jitsu followed by two hours choreography and two hours of weightlifting seven days a week for three months. So come on! You have to really want to do that, so it was a challenge."

Tom is now set to take Hollywood by storm after being cast as the villain Bane in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.

But he took a knock back when he was turned down for the role of Mr Darcy in a film adaptation of Pride And Prejudice by Hollywood producer Stacey Snider.

Tom revealed: "She said: 'Honey, women over the world have a picture of what Darcy is and I'm afraid you're just not it.' That's really hard for an actor."


From Belfast Telegraph