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Tom Hardy's Tight Schedule Puts The Screws On Peaky Blinders
By JEREMY MATHAI
With all the famous faces that appeared on “Peaky Blinders,” perhaps none managed to make as much of an impact as Tom Hardy's Alfie Solomons. While fans were thrilled to see Hardy, what they didn’t know was how difficult it was to maintain his appearance on the show because of his ever-busy schedule.
Casting director Shaheen Baig spoke up about what the experience was like of having Hardy visit the set briefly to film all his scenes in one go: "We get a few days with Tom. He comes in a whirlwind, and leaves in a whirlwind." Even though it is chaotic, Baig emphasizes, "It's fun. We feel pretty happy about that."
Despite his hectic schedule, Hardy was able to shape the direction of the character beyond what was in the script through lots of improvisation. Series creator Steve Knight explained how "Tom [arrived] with the character" and "manufactured" it in ways that made his performances worthwhile.