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The Making of THE DROP (Featurette) by thesevensees

A little making-of featurette for The Drop.

From someone who met Tom in Calgary. 

From someone who met Tom in Calgary

From New York Times: The Drop: Anatomy of a scene. Michael R. Roskam discusses a sequence from his film.

Shows a longer clip from the film. Not particularly spoilery, though.

An interview with Tom from the Chicago Sun Times:

Q: What was it about Bob Saginowski you enjoyed playing?
A: I loved the ‘still waters run deep’ aspect of him. The unexpected things that he does. I loved the underestimated part of him — by the people around him. There’s a slow burn to him that was very intriguing to play.

Q: After playing a guy like that, does it make you look at people walking by on the street and wonder, ‘What’s he really like?’ or ‘What’s she really like?’
A: Yes. We often immediately jump to conclusions about people, and that’s one of the wonderful things about this film. Bob reminds me of the hare and the tortoise story, in that it’s slowly, slowly you win the race. Never underestimate or judge a book by it’s cover, as they say. This film makes that extremely clear!

Q: What was the biggest challenge in playing him?
A: He was so layered. So much going on with him under the surface. As an actor, it was a bit tricky to take on playing a guy who technically has committed a crime, so there’s a moral and ethical issue there with Bob. So to ethically justify the man’s actions is the trick. I really like Bob. Basically he’s a terrifically good guy. I enjoyed him, and I want people to enjoy him too.

Q: Of course loneliness is an important theme here, isn’t it?
A: Oh yes, exactly. For much of the film you clearly get the sense of how lonely Bob is. In fact, all of the principal characters in the film are wounded and lonely in a sense. That goes for Noomi [Rapace’s] character of Nadia and Jimmmy Gandolfini’s Cousin Marv.
Then, of course, there’s the puppy, the dog that Bob finds and adopts. He represents the injured puppy that’s really inside all of these characters, if you get my drift.

Q: Speaking of your cast here, of course, we have to ask how was to work with James Gandolfini — who clearly we lost far too soon. His performance here is superb.
A: Yeah, it was incredibly special. It’s hard to talk about it in a sense. We’re obviously promoting a film here, but it almost pales to insignificance when you compare it to the loss of someone as lovely and talented and gifted as James. So, on the one hand it’s lovely to have such a lovely film, but at the same time the loss is there. He was so talented, wickedly funny and just makes me incredibly sad that he’s not here anymore.

Q: Brooklyn really is another character in this story, don’t you think?
A: I do. New York, and Brooklyn in particular is full of so many different ethnicities and cultures — and many lonely people struggling to get by. Often, those people get lost in the overall scheme of things. What I like here, is that they are examined under the microscope of this film and you get some insight into what those lives are really like.
Speaking of Brooklyn, I want to mention that the setting was so important to [director]Michael [Roskam] and [screenwriter] Dennis Lehane. They really wanted this to take us back to the kind of filmmaking done in the 1970s and infuse our film with that sensibility.

Q: The dog Rocco — the little injured pit bull that you find in the trash can — and adopt in the film. Did you bond with those puppies they used to portray Rocco? I know they had to use several dogs for filmmaking purposes.
A: I love dogs. So that was great. I really, really love dogs. I have two of my own. Both I found in America. Two American dogs. For the film, the dog represents having a heart. They represent ultimate loyalty.

Q: I know you’ve spent time in Chicago. Your thoughts about our city?
A: I love Chicago! I can’t wait to come back. I was at the Goodman [Theatre] there several years ago [in 2010] in ‘The Long Red Road’ directed by [Philip Seymour Hoffman]. Tragically, that’s another great actor and artist we’ve lost way too soon. I also worked there shooting ‘The Dark Knight’ [Hardy played the villian, Bane]. Chicago is great. Can’t wait to come back.

Q: On a much lighter note, you looked very natural playing a bartender. Did that come easily for you?
A: I used to be a bartender! When I was a kid in London I worked in pubs. So I got the badge, as it were!


Portrait of Tom Hardy for USA Today.

An interview with Tom from Yahoo. About dogs. :)

In this weekend’s The Drop, Tom Hardy stars as Bob Saginowski, a low-key Brooklyn bartender in a high-crime neighborhood. When his bar is held up at gunpoint, Bob and his boss — a washed-up tough played by James Gandolfini, in his final big-screen turn — find themselves at the center of an ever-unfolding crime story that draws together a seedy scammer (Rust and Bone’s Matthias Schoenaerts), his damaged ex-girlfriend (Noomi Rapace), and one adorable Pit bull puppy. Yahoo Movies caught up with Hardy at the Toronto International Film Festival, where, in between hits on two lightsaber-sized nicotine inhalers, he talked about Gandolfini, good accents, and why you can totally let your kid hang around Pit bulls.

You filmed The Drop in some of the tougher areas in Brooklyn. Did you get to see the city at all?

We went all over the place. We met some police officers and played poker with them. And we had a homicide detective on the set who said, “Any time you want to come out and ride in the car, you’re more than welcome. Here’s my card.” It was one of those cards you’d use when you get pulled over, so you can say, “Hey, this guy’s my buddy!”

We had lots of people over there to show us around the city. And we had Jimmy. We didn’t go out for an evening with him or anything like that, but as soon as Jimmy walked onto the set, the film came to life — New York’s in the house! He was our stamp of authenticity.

As an actor, Gandolfini was known for being hard on himself. Did you see any of that during filming?

Yeah. He knew he could give more, so he wanted to reach that. All great actors have a standard they wanna hit, and then push through the ceiling of that. So if he wasn’t pushing through the ceiling, you fuckin’ knew it. When he’d hit a wall, he’d have a little shout and crack his knuckles. And then he’d say, “Sorry. Let’s go again.” Then he’d dig it out, and get it.

He was a superbly generous actor, and full of heart. He was tough on himself because he knew he could do better, and that’s a rare and admirable trait for any man to have — to say, “I can do much fuckin’ better than this, and I’m not giving you enough.” 

How did you develop your Brooklyn accent?

It’s like trying to wrangle a cat. There are so many cultures and different ethnicities, so it was more confusing than anything — this collage of Biggie Smalls, Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino. I’d be listening to rap music, and someone would say, “No, that’s not [the accent] for Polish Brooklyn.” Then you go to Polish Brooklyn, and there’s all these different accents there! 

During filming, a picture of you holding one of the film’s Pit bull puppies became an Internet mini-sensation. Were you aware of that at all?

No, not really. But I love that dog. There were three of them [on the set], actually. They sent me a photograph [of one of them] the other day, and he is big — a big, big boy. They’re not puppies anymore; they’re big-ass dogs. But Pit bulls are a much-maligned breed.

You rarely read nice things about them. Any time they’re in the news, it’s because they bit some kid.

It’s so sad, because — and I know it sounds silly — but sausage dogs bite more people than Pit bulls do. Labradors bite more people. There’s always a dog that’s getting the bad deal, like: “He’s the bastard! That’s a bad dog.” But in the right hands, that dog could be a very different dog.

Did you know that the Pit bull’s the highest decorated military dog? It’s true, because of their loyalty, and its sensitivity. They would run through artillery fire and bring ammo. And they used to be called the nanny dog, as well, and it was the favorite American dog for many, many years. They’d leave the baby on the porch with the dog. Go online and look it up! You’ll see all these Pit bulls with babies! [Ed. Note: He’s right!] You’d leave your kid with that dog, because they were safe. And if anyone had gone near the baby, they would have gone f—kin’ mental.

A junket interview with just Tom (although Noomi is there, she’s just never shown).

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