Tom Hardy discusses how he prepared for the role of Charles Bronson


Tom Hardy discusses how he prepared for the role of Charles Bronson

Tom Hardy is arguably one of the UK's greatest modern actors, with titles such as Venom, Dark Knight Rises, and Mad Max: Fury Road as just a few of the many big hits under his belt… However, one thing that probably few people know about Hardy is the dedication he puts into securing the role and being as authentic to his character as possible.

In the 2008 film, based on a true story, Hardy plays Michael Peterson, better known as Charles Bronson, who is considered the most violent criminal in Great Britain, who spent most of his life in solitary confinement so as not to harm other prisoners or guards.

In an interview related to the film, Hardy spoke openly about it:

"It was a race against the clock: We didn’t have any time to waste, so I started eating and my arse very quickly got very fat. "For Bronson, I put on about 7lbs a week—with no steroids.

In the end I’d put on about two and a half stone by eating chicken and rice, which was my staple diet throughout the day. Then I’d have a pizza, Häagen-Dazs, and Coca-Cola: So not good stuff, but I had to put weight on.

"I needed to put a layer of fat on my body, because Bronson when he was younger was a big guy, a brawler. My diet was lenient as we weren’t going for the Bruce Lee look, and we weren’t looking for the cut." "My approach was to do a lot of repetitions in order to send messages to my muscles," he said.

"This helps them start to grow in a way that you can’t make them in the gym. To achieve dense muscle, you need a specific kind of training. "To become Charlie Bronson, I had to quickly put a lot of weight quickly on my forearms, chest, and neck.

By the time I’d finished, my legs looked like those of a stork in comparison to the top half of my body."