We haven’t devoted too much time to Tom Hardy in the past few months. I was personally put off by the situation between Tom and HitFix’s Drew McWeeny, and the whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth with The Bloke. Plus, Tom really, really was not interested in getting an Oscar nomination and they still gave him one (for The Revenant), and he didn’t campaign at all. So, there really hasn’t been much news about him in 2016 overall.
One of the reasons why Tom wasn’t around to campaign? He was hard at work on a new FX miniseries called Taboo. I always love that about British actors: they don’t give a crap about film vs. TV and they don’t think one medium is superior to another. British actors are more likely to move with ease between film and TV projects with little ego. Like, I’m sure Tom’s people were like, “You’re a movie star now, you should NOT sign on to a cable miniseries, for the love of God.” But he did it and now there’s a trailer.
Taboo is set in the 19th century and it’s about Tom’s character, James Keziah Delaney, who “returns to London from Africa to inherit and rebuild his late father’s shipping empire.” There’s some mention of the East India Company, which was one of the biggest reasons why Britain was an empire for so many years. Tom looks really interesting here and I’m guessing this will be a major career-moment for him. The miniseries doesn’t air until 2017 though. Oh, and Tom probably gets naked at some point in the series. Did I not mention that?
PS… Do you think Tom will even come to the Oscars? I bet he does. And I bet he’s a grumpy bugger the whole time.
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