Tom Hardy's greatest attribute is his willingness to try anything and knock it out of the park. It's hard to believe the same actor who stormed the screen in Nicolas Winding Refn's "Bronson" spent 90 minutes on the phone in Steven Knight's "Locke." This weekend, the actor plays a weary Brooklynite in "The Drop," and on the horizon he's got roles ranging from badass post-apocalyptic warrior in next summer's "Mad Max: Fury Road" to Stalin-era soldier in "Child 44." Hardy mixes genres and characters with ease, but there's one thing you won't see him again anytime soon: a romantic comedy.
Coming between "Warrior" and "Lawless," the actor reached for the studio rom-com ring with "This Means War," directed by McG and co-starring Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon. Met with dreadful reviews, the movie actually legged it out to a $150 million worldwide take (thank you international audiences), but was considered a flop overall. And Hardy has crossed that genre off his list.
"I love to do things I hadn't done before," Hardy told USA Today, before describing his experience making "This Means War." "I didn't understand how you could do something which is so much fun and be so miserable doing it. I probably won't do a romantic comedy again, do you know what I mean?"
But don't be too bummed. Hardy leaves the door open that with the right director, he'd try it again.
"So you won't do mine?" "The Drop" director Michael B. Roskam interjected.
"With you, it would be different!" Hardy replied.
But if the actor never does one again, now you know why.