Tom Hardy talks about getting into character for Oliver Twist (he just grew a beard!). From The Independent, Dec 16 2007:
For any discerning TV enthusiast, 2007 will be remembered as the year when Tom Hardy revealed himself to be a stratospheric talent. Think I’m exaggerating? Then you must have missed the 30-year-old actor’s extraordinary, virtuosic and, above all, charming turn as the homeless protagonist of the BBC drama Stuart: a Life Backwards, which was based on Alexander Masters’s book. For Hardy, Stuart was an “opportunity to show what I could do. It was complete disguise work, basically, which I love doing”.For his next role, he’s disguised himself as a totally different kind of sociopath, one with a bit more vintage, playing Bill Sikes, the villain of Oliver Twist, in a bold new five-part adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic novel. The familiar tale of the orphan who joins a band of thieves is given a new lease of life by the EastEnders writer Sarah Phelps, aided by a stellar cast: Timothy Spall as Fagin, Sophie Okonedo as Nancy and the pleasingly bolshy William Miller as Oliver.Even so, the ghost of Oliver Reed - the quintessential Bill Sikes in 1968’s Oliver! - was hovering over Hardy’s every move. “I could never go up against a performance as classic as that. Oliver Reed played Bill as this horrible, booming, alcoholic brawler… I play him softer, a bit sensual and maybe a bit more pathetic.” What Hardy lacks in physical bulk, he more than makes up for in his psychotic stare.What did he do to get into the role? “Nothing!” he laughs. “I put a hat on and grew a beard.” That’s not strictly true. Hardy has spent two years researching the life of Michael Peterson, the armed robber who changed his name in prison to Charles Bronson, whom he’s playing in a forthcoming biopic. “Because the Bronson film didn’t happen last year, I put a lot of the work I did on him into Bill. Now it’s going to happen in February, so I’m going to have to carve out a new character.” It’s a challenge, but one that he evidently relishes. “I’m staying with Bronson’s mum next week,” he reveals. “It’s cool. I like investigating things and meeting real people. It’s exciting.”

Tom Hardy talks about getting into character for Oliver Twist (he just grew a beard!). From The Independent, Dec 16 2007:

For any discerning TV enthusiast, 2007 will be remembered as the year when Tom Hardy revealed himself to be a stratospheric talent. Think I’m exaggerating? Then you must have missed the 30-year-old actor’s extraordinary, virtuosic and, above all, charming turn as the homeless protagonist of the BBC drama Stuart: a Life Backwards, which was based on Alexander Masters’s book. For Hardy, Stuart was an “opportunity to show what I could do. It was complete disguise work, basically, which I love doing”.

For his next role, he’s disguised himself as a totally different kind of sociopath, one with a bit more vintage, playing Bill Sikes, the villain of Oliver Twist, in a bold new five-part adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic novel. The familiar tale of the orphan who joins a band of thieves is given a new lease of life by the EastEnders writer Sarah Phelps, aided by a stellar cast: Timothy Spall as Fagin, Sophie Okonedo as Nancy and the pleasingly bolshy William Miller as Oliver.

Even so, the ghost of Oliver Reed - the quintessential Bill Sikes in 1968’s Oliver! - was hovering over Hardy’s every move. “I could never go up against a performance as classic as that. Oliver Reed played Bill as this horrible, booming, alcoholic brawler… I play him softer, a bit sensual and maybe a bit more pathetic.” What Hardy lacks in physical bulk, he more than makes up for in his psychotic stare.

What did he do to get into the role? “Nothing!” he laughs. “I put a hat on and grew a beard.” That’s not strictly true. Hardy has spent two years researching the life of Michael Peterson, the armed robber who changed his name in prison to Charles Bronson, whom he’s playing in a forthcoming biopic. “Because the Bronson film didn’t happen last year, I put a lot of the work I did on him into Bill. Now it’s going to happen in February, so I’m going to have to carve out a new character.” It’s a challenge, but one that he evidently relishes. “I’m staying with Bronson’s mum next week,” he reveals. “It’s cool. I like investigating things and meeting real people. It’s exciting.”

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  18. nomoretexasgovernorsforpresident said: My favorite Sikes. :) Also learned a new word (bolshy in the UK sense of the word as I don’t think they meant that Oliver is a Bolshevik ;)

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