Tom Hardy on his Charlize Theron beef: ‘There was no hatchet to bury, for me’


I’m still not watching Taboo, you guys. I have no apologies about that because A) the series wasn’t made for me, it was made for dudes and B) I still think it looks messy as hell. Tom Hardy plays a half-Native American dude (I got that wrong initially, I thought he cast himself as half-black, but no, he cast himself as biracial Native American) who comes back to England to f—k some sh-t up, for reasons. “Savage” reasons, because sure. Considering Taboo is Hardy’s baby – he created the story and produces and stars – he’s been a whole new man as he promotes the show. He’s not acting like he’s too good for anything, there’s no fighting with journalists or anything. He’s been playful and dare I say delightful in interviews. He chatted with the Daily Beast recently to talk about the show and more – go here to read. Some highlights:

Being cast on ‘Band of Brothers’: “Oh, it’s huge. A lot of serendipity… yeah, it seemed like everyone from the Band of Brothers camp was in Black Hawk Down as well! Band of Brothers was kind of this flipbook of a lot of the actors around now that are making a lot of noise…. They needed so many men, obviously. It was a year long and they had so many episodes. I was drawn out of drama school early because I think they were running out of bodies to use! It was a huge case and a fantastic show as well. Great series.”

He went to drama school with Michael Fassbender:
“I was a teenager when I went to drama school with Michael Fassbender and he was two years above me, and for his year, he was the dude, you know what I mean? We all looked up to him. He was the shining light of the third-years, and the MVP in many ways. I’m not sure how pleased to see me he was! I’d still had a year left at drama school, so to see me arrive on his TV series—well, it wasn’t his, but you know what I mean—when he’d put in three whole years of university and me put in two, he was probably like, “Well, hang on a minute! I’ve been working much harder than you. What the f–k are you doing here?” Like I’d gotten one of those Willy Wonka golden tickets to the party. But Fassbender is awesome. I will always have massive respect for him and I love his work. It’s just great to see people who are familiar coming up, doing well, and representing. He’s carving out a really special position in the industry.

On the possibility of playing James Bond:
“You know, there’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, and in the fellowship of my peer group, that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race. So I can’t possibly comment on that one! If I mention it, it’s gone. But Chris Nolan, what a fantastic director for a Bond movie. Because Daniel [Craig] is so good, and what [Sam] Mendes and Barbara [Broccoli] have done has been so impressive, that it would be a very hard reimagination to follow after. I wonder what the next installment of that franchise would become, and I think when you mention someone like Christopher Nolan, that’s a very powerful figure to bring into that world who could bring something new and create something profound—again.

Whether he’s buried the hatchet with Charlize Theron:
“Yeah, I mean, there are these myths that are usually asininely circulated about things that go on on set that aren’t nearly as dramatic as they’re made out to be. There was no hatchet to bury, for me. I’ve always thought—and I still do think—that Charlize is one of the best actresses in the world and a mega-talent. I think she’s brilliant and I would love to work with her again. So there’s really no hatchet for me to bury at all in any way, shape or form.

[From The Daily Beast]

When Charlize Theron talked about Hardy months removed from the Mad Max shoot, she still made it sound like he was a total pill to work with. They really were butting heads throughout filming, and they were not friendly in the least. So I do think that there was a hatchet to bury, despite what he says now. As for what he says about Fassbender – I already knew part of that story (that they’ve known each from drama school) but it’s nice that he still thinks so highly of Fassy. And Band of Brothers is everything. I still watch that every year, it’s honestly one of the best miniseries ever made.

Last thing: I don’t think Hardy should be James Bond. He’s not, like, Hiddleston-level of bad Bond choices, but I still don’t think Hardy should get the offer.


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  1. Jellybean says:

    I am watching Taboo. Yet again he puts on a silly voice and mumbles, which I find distracting. It is dark and grim and a bit boring. My husband likes it.

    Also, not a good idea for Bond, if only because it would mean two thuggish versions in a row and I think a change of style is a good idea when they are swapping actors.

    • ctgirl says:

      Bond, as written by Ian Fleming, is a thug. That’s just the character. He’ll do anything for Queen and country.

      • third ginger says:

        Correct. The Bond of the novels could never be accepted in the 21st century. He was brutal and completely disrespectful of women. Craig has done a good job of infusing some of the original brutishness without offending audiences. I have liked many of Hardy’s performances, but the tough guy persona sometimes wears thin. I do not find him delightful in interviews.

    • Cee says:

      Hardy can clean up when the situation requires him to do so.

    • Margo S. says:

      Idris Elba needs to be bond. End of story. The only reason his name is being thrown around is because of the possibility of Nolan directing. Nolan LOVES hardy and casts him in most of his films.

    • African Sun says:

      @Jellybean Tom Hardy would overthink Bond. He can come across so labourious and pretentious, and it is gets tiring.

      The Bond actor needs to sell the movie really hard to keep the franchise going. Can you imagine Tom trying to sound exciting on E! on the red carpet about Hardy Royale??

      He is a very good actor but he is not Bond material.

  2. als says:

    I think Hardy is telling the truth, he has no hatchet to bury in the same way that Jared Leto probably has no hatchet to bury with Margot Robbie or anyone on the Suicide set that put up with his pretentiousness. This kind of actors probably walk around the set completely immersed in themselves, doing shitty pranks or ignoring people.

    Charlize probably had no time for his ‘method’ and slammed him, so conflict showed up. In all fairness, I don’t think it’s in anyone’s contract to put up with pretentious super method colleagues.

    • INeedANap says:

      I agree with your assessment. These are the “who, me?” kind of men who exist blissfully unaware of their own inappropriate behavior. However, I thought his reply, and subsequent praise of Theron, to be the best and classiest answer he could have given. He’s clearly been PR trained.

    • Sixer says:

      I agree with you both. I think he is probably up himself to the nth degree (like most actors) but doesn’t know it so neither tries to hide it nor realises that there is even a grudge to be holding (most actors actually know enough to at least try and pretend otherwise).

      • Bridget says:

        He definitely knew he pissed her off, and supposedly at the end of filming he apologized. It sounds like he at least gets that he was the one that was an idiot. But considering how many years ago this movie was made and his behavior in those subsequent years, it’s not like he learned the lesson to just not be a jerk. At least with Charlize he was punching in his weight class.

  3. CidySmiley says:

    I side eye him so hard these days.

  4. Millenial says:

    Someone has gotten some really good PR training. He got asked a lot of leading questions that could have ended up in the headlines, and he navigated around them. Good work, whoever trained hm!

  5. Sixer says:

    I know I said I wasn’t going to watch any more Taboo after the disastrous first episode but it’s The Bloke, not just fancied by me but also worshipped by two Sixlets. So it was on in the house and I was reading my book. And I freely admit – I ended up looking up and then watching. It is still not great but it does improve. At least I understand the plot now.

    I think Pleasant Bloke (well, Pleasant Bloke sans dog) is boring. I prefer Wanky Bloke, so mea culpa.

    Anyways. He still hasn’t done enough to get back in my good books. Royal polo-ing will take a lot of getting over.

    • third ginger says:

      Sixer, would you consider doing a TABOO commentary as you did with Idris and his boxing show? People on CB always talk about snorting their drinks. The Idris comments finally did that for me.

    • Sixer says:


      Um… if I’m watching it next Saturday night, I’ll come back here and give it a go. But it’s not funny like the Idris Did-You-Know-My-Willy-Is-Mahousive show!

    • Cee says:

      He’s being Vanilla Bloke. Too bland.

  6. Decca says:

    Taboo is great. And I’m no dude.

  7. Libra girl says:

    He’s a brilliant actor. Period.

  8. SM says:

    I see a pattern here. He made it sound like Fassy had a problem with him. I am not a fassy fan or anything but I doubt that and just Hardy’s phrasing is weird. Like he just assumes there was some tension. And then he does the same thing with Charlize. Like he has no problem with her and he thinks that he has no hatchet to bury as if if she feels differently that is her problem and not a problem between them

  9. Cheryl Oconnor says:

    Wow Charlize it sticks for u doesn’t it! A little spoiled!

  10. Anare says:

    I am not a dude and I find Taboo very interesting. Hardy is fascinating to watch. The story is intriguing. I’m a sucker for stories like that. I was a huge Ripper Street fan too. Can’t see Hardy as Bond but generally like Hardy’s work in everything else. Esp Mad Max. I think he and Charlize had to have tension between them because method acting!

  11. Mannori says:

    Jesus he subtly tries to make it sound that Fassbender was jealous and bitter about him coming to his series. Is a passive aggressive way of belittling who he perceives as his contender. Men really take the cake when bitching about each other.

    “I’m not sure how pleased to see me he was! I’d still had a year left at drama school, so to see me arrive on his TV series—well, it wasn’t his, but you know what I mean—when he’d put in three whole years of university and me put in two, he was probably like, “Well, hang on a minute! I’ve been working much harder than you. What the f–k are you doing here?”

  12. Ramona says:

    I thought Tia was a bit out of line there. Just because I watch someone on screen doesnt mean I have a right to their time or attention. She probably gets approached by strangers all the time, just let her have a peaceful hour at her cycling class fgs. Or at least dont make an international incident of it when she sets her boundary.

    In any case, Tom Hardy has by far the worse industry reputation. He tried to choke Innaritu, he punched Paul Bettany, had a fist fight with fellow douche Shia Labeouf. The man has never been on a film set that he didnt have a major falling out with a colleague. The thing that saves him is that he is a guy, and therefore his bad behaviour is considered edgy. And he tends to apologise publicly after the film is in cinemas and its well received. Its still early days for Taboo, I can see him feuding with his own dad at some point during production.

  13. Cee says:

    Honestly Iñárritu sounds like a nightmare to work on his set.

    Apparently no issues come up with Nolan and his revolving-door cast.