Tom Hardy and Leonardo DiCaprio made a bet during the filming of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s breathtaking period epic, The Revenant, Hardy recently told Esquire.
DiCaprio was convinced that Hardy would get an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the conflicted, and sometimes brutally violent, John Fitzgerald in the 2015 20th Century Fox film. Hardy was not so sure, so the two stars made a friendly wager. That might not be the right word.
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“Hardy bet a tattoo of the winner’s choosing that he wouldn’t” get the nomination, Miranda Collinge writes in the Esquire profile.
Of course, Tom Hardy did get nominated for best supporting actor for his role in the film.
When asked about the tattoo he’s supposed to get, Hardy recreated the one DiCaprio designed on a Post-It note for Collinge.
“He wrote, in this really sh*tty handwriting: ‘Leo knows everything,'” Hardy explained. “Ha! I was like, ‘OK, I’ll get it done, but you have to write it properly.'”
Hardy has not gotten the tattoo yet, but “he probably will,” Collinge suggests.
“Hardy’s body art is very much a statement of his commitment: to his lovers, to his family, to himself,” Collinge says. “Also, to his agent.”
“He has her name, Lindy King, tattooed on the inside of his arm, which he said he would do if she ever got him into Hollywood. Thanks to gigs like The Revenant, in which Hardy brought a magnetic savagery to every scene; or 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, which saw him knock the stuffing back into the moth-eaten action movie franchise; or playing Bane in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises and thereby creating an instantly iconic super-villain who was as terrifying as he was kinky — she most certainly did.”
Tom Hardy made his television debut with a small part in the HBO hit series Band of Brothers back in 2001. He played John A. Janovec in two episodes of the series.
That same year, he played Twombly in Ridley Scott’s Blackhawk Down, the stark war movie based on the novel of the same name by Mark Bowden. The film and novel tell the story of the United States’ clumsy efforts to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid in the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993.
Hardy got to act alongside a star-studded ensemble cast, including Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana, Tom Sizemore, and Sam Shepard, in that film.
He would go on to appear in supporting roles in several movies, such as Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), Layer Cake (2004), Marie Antoinette (2006), and Sucker Punch (2008), before starring in his breakaway role as the titular Bronson in Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2008 film.
After that, Hardy’s career exploded with major and leading roles in Inception (2010), Warrior (2011), Lawless (2012), The Dark Night Rises (2012), Mad Max: Fury Road, and, of course, The Revenant.
He’s currently slated to play famed mobster Al Capone in Josh Trank’s upcoming Fonzo. He’ll also be starring Christopher Nolan’s World War II film Dunkirk, which is due out next year.
Hardy didn’t clinch the Oscar for best supporting actor for his part in The Revenant. The award instead went to Mark Rylance for his portrayal of Soviet spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies.
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As a small consolation prize, when DiCaprio won the Oscar for best actor for The Revenant, Hardy was the first person he thanked in his acceptance speech. He called Hardy “my brother in this endeavor.”
Though he had been nominated for an Oscar several times in the past, going back to 1994’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, DiCaprio had never before won an Academy Award.
Tom Hardy would have undoubtedly preferred winning the Oscar, but at least he’ll have Leonardo DiCaprio’s tattoo to remember the experience by. Maybe.
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