Tom Hardy - the sexiest supervillain in the universe
Supervillian? He doesn’t look scary. The London-born 25-year old is space-age badboy, Shinzon, in the latest Star Trek flick. “I’m an evil clone who used to be a slave. Now I’m the ass-kicking emperor of a sinister race that wants to take over the universe. Which is nice!”
Guess there’s not much point asking if you’re like that in real life?
“No, never actually been a slave. Or an emperor. The funniest thing was that I got to fly my own spaceship and I haven’t even got a driving licence!”
And the Star Trek crew aren’t the only famous faces he’s worked with - Tom Hanks in the acclaimed TV series Band of Brothers, and Ewan McGregor in Black Hawk Down.
“I wish I could say that I don’t turn into a gibbering idiot when I meet these people,” laughs Tom. “But I do. My legs turn to jelly, I start sweating and I’m thinking, ‘Bloody ‘ell, it’s Tom Hanks.’ Some day, this feels like a completely surreal way to make a living!”
You and Ewan also share an agent.
“She’s my guardian angel. In this job, you need someone to look after you.”
So, what’s it like to be labelled Brit cinema’s Next Big Thing?
“You can’t believe all you read, can you? Every six months, there’s some new name. All I can do is keep my head down and keep working.”
Well, you don’t seem to be having too much trouble. You’ve also got The Reckoning (with Willem Dafoe), Dot The I (with Gabriel Garcia Bernal) and LD:50 (with Mel B) out in 2003.
“I can’t complain. Although it does mean I’m away from my wife a bit too much. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about, innit - your family.”
Kids on the horizon, then?
“Definitely, I’ve been married four years, so we’ve talked about kids loads. But at the moment, work seems to be taking over. I’d hate to miss them growing up.”