Tom Hardy Does His Homework To Play Al Capone

It looks like Tom Hardy is going to play iconic American mobster Al Capone, and he’s been pouring over classic Hollywood gangster films for inspiration. The British actor told The Daily Mail that he’s been watching movies like “Little Ceasar”, “The Public Enemy”, and “The Petrified Forrest”, and looking to the likes of Jamed Cagney and Edward G. Robinson for insight and ideas.

“It’s interesting to get them, and a bit of Capone, into the bloodstream,” Hardy says. Filming could begin next year, after completing a laundry list of other projects, and continue well into 2014. At the moment the plan is to make a trilogy, though nothing is set in stone, and to “get the flavour” of those old Warner Bros. films where the studio took stories directly from the headlines and made them into movies.

Hardy is a badass (if you don’t believe me just watch “Bronson”), and of course a wonderful actor, and it will be interesting to see his take on such an emblematic American figure. Capone seemingly embodies so much that is quintessentially American, both good and bad. His is a rags-to-riches story of working hard and pulling himself up by his bootstraps, and fits into the canon of mythical American outlaws. At the same time, though, his life was also full of violence, corruption, and greed. This dichotomy is part of what makes him such a fascinating figure even today.

As promising as the Capone movie, or movies, may sound, here is the bit from this article that I find the most exciting. One of the films Hardy has to finish before moving on to other things is the new “Mad Max”. Now there is something that really gets my blood pumping, Tom Hardy as Max, tooling around the wastelands, battling gangs of post-apocalyptic thugs. Brings a smile to my face every time. The film, which also stars Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, is scheduled to begin shooting in April in Namibia after surviving numerous delays and near cancelations.

The film in question will be called “Cicero”, and yes, it’s being envisioned as a (of course) trilogy.- Nix

Via : The Daily Mail