Tom Hardy has gone head to head with Chris Pine over Reese Witherspoon, fought his way through collapsing dreams and battled The Dark Knight. But the one thing he can’t handle? Well that would be horses. Yes, you heard it right – Tom Hardy is afraid of horses. It might sound surprising considering that Hardy is known for his cool-guy parts. But I think it’s rather sweet.
“I don’t like horses. They scare me. There’s not a call for it in London — not since the 1800s. We are used to getting on the bus or the tube. I prefer dogs; they are a bit more manageable. He said. “I think horses are beautiful, but I didn’t know any growing up. It’s quite alien. They are so big and muscular. If they sat on me or kicked me, that would be it — wouldn’t it? You always hear about people walking around the back of a horse and getting kicked. I always think if anyone is going to get kicked by a horse walking around the back of it, it’s most likely going to be me”.
In an interview with Variety, Hardy sat down to discuss his latest film The Revenant which sees him starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and a few horses. Hardy plays John Fitzgerald – the man DiCaprio’s Hugh Glass aims to seek revenge on. Production as one has heard, proved to be rather gruelling for the actor.
“…Every single day was about endurance, and things changing at the last minute because of weather or location. It’s quite a big epic to wrangle. It was six to eight hours of rehearsal a day, and then we’d shoot for an hour and a half to get this particular piece of movement. If we didn’t get it, we’d have to come back the next day. It was an interesting procedure”.
Due to the weather, production on the film was extended which led to Hardy missing out on another big project, namely Suicide Squad (Oh, how epic that would have been). “It punched right into that, yeah. That got derailed for me. Was I bummed? Of course I was. I hate fucking losing work. I kept bemoaning that they were losing me significant money on a daily basis. Actually, it was good for my character”.
He, however, dispels rumours that he fell out with director Alejandro G. Inarritu. “It was very harmonious and there was a lot of silliness. I had a very playful and fun relationship. He doesn’t take himself that seriously. That’s the Alejandro that I know and love, and I take a piss out of him and he takes the piss out of me”.