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Tom Hardy Was Banned From Visiting Charles Bronson In Prison

Claire Reid

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Tom Hardy Was Banned From Visiting Charles Bronson In Prison

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Tom Hardy has been banned from visiting Charles Bronson in prison, according to the convict's son.

Hardy played the infamous inmate in the 2008 flick Bronson, and in preparation for the role, the actor spent time getting to know Bronson and visited him in prison.

However, Bronson's son George Bamby has said that once the film hit cinemas Hardy was told he could no longer visit him in prison.

Bamby appeared on Anything Goes with James English, where he said: "I don't think he's spoke to Tom for a couple of years, but it's like anything with Charlie...

"Tom was really nice to him, because obviously he wanted to do the film and he went to see and learn all about him and all the rest of it.

"But since Bronson came out, the prison service have banned Tom from visiting."

When asked why, Bamby replied: "Well, because he'd just brought a film out, Bronson. And it's a f***ing Hollywood blockbuster and it's all over the place and everyone knows it.

"They don't want prisoners being portrayed into being big movie stars."

Bamby has previously said prison guards have told him that his dad is '20 times harder' than Hardy.

In an interview with LADbible, he said: "He's seen the film, and he thought it was absolutely brilliant. He thought Tom Hardy did a good job and portrayed him well.

"But, the funny thing is, when I go in to see him in prison, the amount of screws that have said to me 'have you seen that film about your dad, Bronson?'

George Bamby and his dad in prison. Credit: George Bamby
George Bamby and his dad in prison. Credit: George Bamby

"I go 'yeah' and they say, 'well, you saw him in the film and saw Tom play him in the film, times that by 20 and that's what your dad is really like in a fight'.

"The screws say that the film Bronson made him look a bit of a pansy, because he's like 20 times harder than that.

"They've even said to me that even when there was a group of 12 of them that used to go into his cell when he was kicking off and they'd still s*** themselves even though there was 12 of them."

Topics: TV and Film

Claire Reid
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