People Praise Tom Hardy's Incredible Transformations For Different Film Roles
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Tom Hardy's transformations for his different roles have long become the stuff of legend.
Whether it's gaining 30lbs to play the monstrous Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, or growing a shaggy beard and muddying up so as to be unrecognisable starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant in 2015, Hardy commits to a role.
With the hype ramping up ahead of his return as Eddie Brock in Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Tom Hardy looks like he's pulled off yet another incredible transformation and it's brought out a widespread appraisal of the actor's chameleonic abilities.
One fan wrote on Twitter: "When I think of actor range... Tom Hardy definitely pops into my mind..... his catalogue is insane."
Sharing images of Hardy in The Revenant, The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road and Venom, another said: "It's honestly hard to believe this is the same person. Tom Hardy. This is range!"
Another added: "So do you want to talk about range? You can't beat my man Tom Hardy."
A fourth wrote on Facebook: "You wanna talk about range? Tom Hardy is fr the most underrated actor."
Hardy's performance as the villainous Bane in The Dark Knight Rises is a role his fans come back to time and time again.
After Heath Ledger's Joker in its predecessor The Dark Knight, director Christopher Nolan wanted a more physically intimidating nemesis for Batman and boy did he get it in Hardy's Bane.
The villain brought Gotham City to its knees with a mixture of cunning and brute force.
As one Twitter user wrote: "Seeing Dark Knight Rises again and watching Tom Hardy embody[ing] that Bane role remains euphoric."
Of course one of his earlier standout performances was as British prisoner Charles Bronson in Nicolas Winding Refn's 2008 biopic Bronson.
Hardy put on 40lbs, shaved his head and visited the incarcerated criminal to play him.
It's one of the roles that people have been remembering Hardy for on social media, with one person writing: "Irresistible range by Tom Hardy, plays vicious prisoner with hot circus strongman aesthetic."
A slightly different type of villain for Hardy was the treacherous John Fitzgerald in The Revenant.
Perhaps more cowardly, but certainly no less devious as the other villains he's played in his career, among the many things Hardy did for this role included learning to ride a horse.
His physical appearance, meanwhile, was a vast change again - Hardy embodying a true battle-worn survivor of the 1820s wild west.
"It always takes me at least 30 minutes to recognise Tom Hardy in a film.
When I watched The Revenant I didn't even realise it was him. The whole film," one Twitter user wrote about his appearance and we doubt they're the only ones.
The role earned him an Oscar nomination in 2016 for Best Supporting Actor.
Hardy's versatility and ability to morph into any role he picks up has made him one of Hollywood's most bankable stars and many feel he could turn his hand to almost anything.
In fact, back in 2015, Hugh Jackman told MTV he could see Hardy replace him as the iconic Wolverine in the X-Men series - although this is unlikely since his subsequent appearance as Venom.
"I've been asked the question a lot and I'm always like, 'I don't want to make it too easy on the studio to replace me'," Jackman said.
"I've still got one more to do. I'm sure they're already talking about it, that some actor out there they've already said, 'Shhhh... Keep it quiet but we want you next.'
"He's younger than me for sure, I think Tom Hardy would be great."
You could say that about any number of prospective roles.