LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Tom Hardy on stage at the fan screening of "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" at Cineworld Leicester Square on September 14, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sony)
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How Bronson Became A Challenging Four-Year Process For Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy’s "Bronson" is a biopic on Michael Peterson, the most violent prisoner in Britain as Charles Bronson — and now going by Charles Salvador — who was convicted for multiple crimes and notoriously spent most of his life in prison. Hardy had been attached to the project for years prior to filming, and the process of getting it made was quite a challenge.
Unfortunately, Hardy and director Nicolas Winding Refn had a bad first meeting which led to Hardy being let go from the project entirely. While Refn ended up rehiring him a year later, the relationship stayed civil but contentious, and the initial dust-up delayed "Bronson" for a whole year.
It might have been bad enough having Refn mad at him, but the delay in production also had the film’s subject angry at Hardy. "Charlie got very angry because he thought I didn't want to play him and that wasn't the case at all, and he demanded to see me, and then I started visiting him for two years and then the story slowly got financing," the actor revealed.
While delays and tempestuous collaborations seemed to be the lifeblood of the "Bronson" production, Hardy mentioned that the high tensions on set ultimately served him well as an actor. “I loved working with Nic and I would love to work with him again. I know that I'm going to have an argument with him, but I wouldn't have it any other way," Hardy confessed.