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Tom Hardy

 

  1. Jeremy Renner, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, 2010. The new M:I agent William Brandt was designed, everyone said, to succeed Tom Cruise when he tired of being Ethan Hunt. Paramount checked out Renner, Christopher Egan, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Zegers and - already in the Paramount family due to the Star Trek franchise - Chris Pine. Renner was still around in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, 2014. But so was Cruise!

  2. Colin Farrell, Total Recall, 2011.   Due to the impact of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, the Englishman was just too scheduled... This Means War, Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises and the new Mad Max movie Fury Road. Same for the other busy Brit, Michael Fassbender. Pierce Brosnan once tipped Farrell for Bond. I never saw why until  his action hero in this stunning (if critically slaughtered) re-make. Also up for succeeding Schwarzenegger were Hardy and Michael Fassbender.

  3. Aaron Johnson, Savages, 2011.     Like Leonardo DiCaprio, James Franco and Garrett Hedlund, Hardy was far too busy to take up Oliver Stone’sdrama about two pals growing such great pot that a Mexican drug cartel threatens to kill their girlunless they work for the drug lords..
  4. Chris Hemsworth, Snow White and the Huntsman, 2011.    For the first of two revisionist Ms Whites that year, Hardy had to bowto the new flavour of the newmonth - Thor. And his$65m opening.
  5. Ryan Reynolds, Safe House,  2011.     All the new guys - Hardy, Zac Efron, Andrew Garfield, Jake Gylllenhaal, Garrett Hedlund, Chris Hemsworth, Taylor Kitsch, Shia LaBeouf, James McAvoy, Chris Pine, Channing Tatum, Sam Worthington - angled  to be the freshman CIA babysitter  rescuing Denzel Washington in the  Hollywood debut of Swedish director Daniel Espinosa.
  6. Benjamin Walker, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, 2011.      Less beautiful than Buffy or not, the oddest vampire slayer of all was a  hot 3D project (he throws a mean axe!) and a great role - Honest Abe, the 16th US president, from 20  to 55,  during his other life. (His mother had been  slain  by a vampire). After seeing Tom, Eric Bana, Adrien Brody, James D’Arcy, Ron Huebel, Josh Lucas, Timothy Olyphant  and newcomer Oliver Jackson-Cohen, the  Russian producer-director Timur Bekmambetov voted Walker. Another producer was Tim Burton. So where was Johnny Depp? 
  7. Ray Winstone, The Sweeney, 2011.     Hardy was short-listed for Detective Inspector Jack Regan (with Orlando Bloom as Detective Constable George Carter) when the suits were (correctly) going younger in the totally unnecessary  - and bad! - re-hash - of the 1975-1978 Thames TV series about the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad.  (Or, Sweeney Todd in Cockney rhyming slang).  Winstone remembered  being an extra in a 1976 episode, Loving Arms. 
  8. Mark Strong, Zero Dark Thirty, 2012.     Quick change by Kathleen Bigelow for her first film since being the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar (for The Hurt Locker on March 7, 2010). Subject: How a US Navy Seal team hunted and killed America’s Public Enemy #1: Osama bin Laden in 2011.
  9.  Paul Bettany, Transcendence, 2013.      Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer Wally Pfister  was spoilt for choice of (eager) stars for his directing debut.  Max was up between McGregor, Jude Law, Tobey Maguire -  and Tom Hardy from  the Chris ’n’ Wally 2011 show, The Dark Knight Rises.
  10. Jason Clarke, Terminator: Genesis, 2014. Terminator begins again… Hardy tested in November 2013 but his overcrowded agenda - the busiest in world movies at the time - prevented him following Christian Bale from Gotham City to Terminator country. Good job, too. The reboot sucked. Hardy became the new Mad Max instead - ironically as Mad Max II: The Road Warrior, 1980, had been high among James Cameron’s er, influences for the first, 1983 Terminator.

  11. Alexander Skarsgård, The Legend of Tarzan, 2014.   Warner Bros was keen. Tom, not so much. Next? Fellow Brits Henry Cavill, already the studio’s Superman and Napoleon Solo (and a lot of good that did him!) and Charlie Hunnam. Plus, in the hallowed Johnny Weissmuller tradition, US Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps - the most decorated Olympian, with 23 gold medals from five Games during 2000-2016. The ape-man is a Skarsgård family hero. Poppa Stellan showed the Weissmuller films to his seven sons. Alexander is the oldest and hoped the youngest, Kolbjörn, would not consider him “a shit Tarzan”!     He had to wait until the delayed 2016 summer release to find out.

  12. Benedict Cumberbatch, Doctor Strange, 2015.   Among those flown up the Marvel flagpole were Hardy, Patrick Dempsey, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Hamm, Ethan Hawke, Jack Huston, Oscar Isaac, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Vincent Price (in 1986!),  Keanu Reeves, Justin Theroux. Finally, production wisely waited until after Cumberbatch’s Hamlet stagetriumph in London..  If Iron Man is Mick Jagger, Strange is Jim Morrison… and could be head of the Marvel universe when Robert Downey pawns his ironmongery. 

  13. Joel Kinnaman, Suicide Squad, 2015.     Held up by The Revenant delays. the busy Hardy had to quit the DC Comic empire’s squad. Rick Flagg was finally waved by the Swedish-American - who had been Hardy’s foe in the under-rated Child 44 flop that year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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