Even in a Decade Ago, Tom Hardy Could Play One Creepy Son of a B*tch
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Even a Decade Ago, Tom Hardy Could Play One Creepy Son of a B*tch

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | July 31, 2012 | Comments ()


Tom Hardy has been around for a long time, although he had mostly gone unnoticed until his breakout role in Bronson, which made him one of Christopher Nolan's people, which of course turned him into a huge star. But before Inception, you might remember Hardy as Handsome Bob in Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla.


Maybe you saw him in Matthew Vaughn's Layer Cake.


Maybe you spotted him in Black Hawk Down.


Or in his acting debut, Band of Brothers.


More recently, you could've been one of the few people -- along with Mrs. Pajiba-hyphenate - to see and love him in Wuthering Heights. That's some bad hair, Tom.


If you're not an old school Star Trek fan, however, you may have missed him in Nemesis, where he played one creepy son of a bitch.


Someone over on Reddit also unearthed his screen test from Nemesis and edited it together with his actual footage from the movie, and man oh man, Hardy has had that creepy Bane voice all along. For such a good looking guy, he is really good at playing scary f*ks.

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  • Callum

    Hardy was terrible in Star Trek Nemesis. Horrible film, horrible script, still no excuse for a horrible performance

  • zeke_the_pig

    My two cents: good actor, with some great roles thus far, but insane. Scarred, damaged, whatever it is it's off-kilter. Which is cool.
    And, oh yeah: bloody weird looking. One degree away from being ugly, but that degree is very wide indeed.

  • Eva

    I saw that Star Trek in the theater and absolutely eargasmed through the whole thing because of that voice.

  • Pessimistic Optimist

    In "Nemesis", he reminded me of a young Dr. Evil. I kept waiting for him to smirk "No, Jean Luc, I expect you to die" *pinkie to lip* *thunderclap*. I'd still boink him, though...

  • Strand


  • maxpurr

    it was wuthering heights for me. bad hair and all...

  • misslucyjane

    See "Stuart: a life backward." He's a revelation in it. It's not a happy movie by any means but it's so well done you won't care. (Bonus: Benedict Cumberbatch is in it, too.)

  • Constant

    is the second time today that someone has told me to watch this film. I heard
    that the book is pretty good, but that Hardy’s performance in the film is
    really something to see. The girl I work with at Dish who told me this isn’t
    even a fan of Hardy, but she was still able to recognize his talent when she watched
    it. He has a long list of movies that I still haven’t watched, so I’ve been
    adding all of them to my Blockbuster @Home queue and so far, I think his best
    movie is Warrior with Nick Nolte. Hardy pulls off quiet and troubled very well!

  • DarthCorleone

    I did see Nemesis, and I remember thinking, "Who is this Tom Hardy guy?" Not one of the better movies in the series, though.

    More notably, the fact that the final Next Generation movie now qualifies as "old school" Star Trek must make me decrepit and ancient school.

  • freckles

    I first saw him in Stuart: A Life Backwards many moons ago and have been fucking fascinated with him ever since

  • John G.

    I can totally hear Bane in there. "Your punishment must be more severe"

  • Stop distracting us with vintage Hardy and hot dudes with babies! When do we get a Pajiba 10 post? Please. :)

  • Snath

    I'm sorry, but Hardy has some big fat wormy lips.

  • John G.

    I'm sorry, but Hardy has some big fat wormy lips sexy, soft pillow lips.

  • Sirilicious

    I'd drown in those lips and would not care one bit.

  • LinaBeana

    I think we're forgetting his role in Bronson.

  • annie

    I had a coherent comment, but... LIPS.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    Oh my. I'd go Romulan (or "Reman," as the case may be) for that.

  • BarbadoSlim

    Nemesis was a terrible, terrible, experience for fans and actors alike.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    His lips. Are too much. Not in a good way. (IMO)

  • Sirilicious

    I feel you have not been kissed by a full-lipped person. It is bliss.

    Also, they are nowhere near Angelina sized.

  • ljridley

    You are not alone.

  • DorothyShaw

    Scenes of a Sexual Nature was my intro to Tom Hardy. The film itself is fairly terrible, but he was so charming and odd in it that he stood out a mile. And lo! some kind soul has thoughtfully cut all his scenes together so you don't have to endure the rest of the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Irina

    In "The Virgin Queen":
    Nice earring, dude. And the shirt? So manly.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    I dare you to watch him in that mini series and not want to hump him into the ground.

  • Alice

    Couldn't agree more. I frigging bought that miniseries from PBS, because he's so beautiful. Once his career started gaining traction, I was all gah wah!? Love.

  • Guest

    I never saw any of his earlier work, so Hardy will always always always be Bronson to me.

  • branded_redux

    although he had mostly gone unnoticed until his breakout role in Bronson, which made him one of Christopher Nolan’s people

    I thought the exact same thing must be the case, but I've heard Hardy say in interviews that Nolan hadn't watched
    Bronson (at least at that time) and cast Hardy
    primarily from his work in RocknRolla. How prescient.

  • Oh yeah, I remember him from "Nemesis." Loved him then. I liked that movie too, although part of that probably has to do with the Wesley Crusher cameo and not, ya know, the actual plot or anything.

  • Stephen Nein

    Nemesis is unwatchable. I feel horrible for the cast of that film.

  • Yes, exactly. That was our "goodbye" to these characters. Being a Star Trek geek, it was a heart breaking way to say goodbye to old friends.

  • Blake Shrapnel

    Yeah, I saw him in nemesis and spent the better part of a decade wondering "what happened to that one guy?"

  • AudioSuede

    For true, his screen test was better than the final cut.

  • Nadine

    He's got a crazy/sexy thing going for him. Like, he has that bad boy thing, but he's safe because for all intents and purposes he seems to be the nicest of nices. But at the same time? He would change your understanding of the world. Fuckin' wise. Because you just know. It would be like...a religious experience.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Gotta love the tattooed dude who has already played so many scary men in films, who admits he feels intrinsically feminine and also quite scared of everything.

    Also, gotta love his face.

  • revbrandy

    Holla - couldn't you throw in a photo from "Warrior" - where he's all huge and sweaty and tatted?

  • Whit

    Woo Hoo another Tom Hardy post!

    "I'll be in my bunk"

  • Caillan

    Uhh, Layer Cake wasn't Guy Ritchie, it was Matthew Vaughn. Though now that you mention it, I can see where you're coming from.

  • pajiba

    Guh. You're right. My bad.

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