More Tom-nerdness: it seems Tom was working on Candy Chops for many, many years, in different versions. Seems it wasn’t really a comedy at first, though… In 2003 he said this.
Hardy began work on Get a Grip, a music-oriented feature of his own making. “Get a Grip isn’t a movie like 8Mile at all. It’s actually quite the opposite. It’s a mock documentary about a white rapper. Have you seen a movie called Man Bites Dog? It’s a bit like that. We follow this one guy. It’s a sort of black and white MTV documentary about a white rapper in London. It’s all very unglamorous, and it’s just about the days leading up to his big gig. I play the rapper, but the whole thing is freestyle. We used non-actors and I directed it with my DJ.
It’s kind of a community piece. People that I know – DJs, music industry people, dancers – are all helping me. We’re keeping it in-house and trying to form a group of people, a production company. As our careers grow and develop and the team gets bigger, we can hopefully pick each other up so that, eventually, there will be a time when we can walk into a joint and stand 40-strong. It’s the same type of vibe as what Ewan McGregor and Jude Law have with Natural Nylon. We’re slowly, slowly putting things together, because there’s no longevity in just being an actor.
And I also found here that Lee Ryan from the boy band Blue was supposed to be in Candy Chops. How terribly odd.
I do hope he gets to do this some day, somehow. I keep finding new projects of his that never came to light, he’s SUCH a busy boy. I love that. (Although I was sad to see that Tom was supposed to have been in Benedict Cumberbatch’s film Third Light. I would have love to see that. Or the film where Tom was supposed to play Christopher Marlowe! THAT would have been awesome.)