SAN DIEGO, Calif. –
“Inception’s” breakout star, Brit Tom Hardy, teamed up with rising talent Joel Edgerton for “Warrior,” a dramatic big screen tale of family and fighting, which left its mark off screen.
“Joel tore his [MCL], he tore that… and my little toe got broken,” Tom told Access Hollywood at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego last week as he promoted the September 9-due film, alongside his Australian co-star.
“I broke my ribs and I tore the ligament in my right hand and then Eric ‘Bad’ Apple had his neck broken… There were some moments,” Tom added of the injuries sustained to the cast from the film’s mixed martial arts scenes and training.
The story of “Warrior” follows two battling brothers, each with their own troubled story, as they rise in the ranks of the mixed martial arts world – one battling for his own family (Joel’s Brendan Conlon), the other slugging it out to keep a promise for a fallen Marine’s kin (Tom’s Tommy Conlon).
“That’s the beauty of the film,” Joel said of the story when asked who moviegoers will want to root for. “You get two guys, neither of them is a villain. They’re just both people, who you empathize with and they’re on this collision course and by the time they get there, you don’t know who your rooting for and you don’t know who is going to win. It’s quite an amazing thing that they’ve changed.”
“Well, we know I’m going to win, all the way from the beginning. Look at the poster,” Tom laughed, pointing to his ripped physique in the promotional photo. “It’s obvious, isn’t it?”
There was plenty of training for the film – weight lifting and various mixed martial arts – and a whole lot of eating, the men explained.
“When you think about how many chickens we must have eaten… We did a small village… If chickens lived in villages, which they don’t,” Tom laughed of their “Warrior” diets.
“[It was] a lot of protein,” Joel added. “They were bringing us like a plate of chicken or beef every three hours.”
While the set of the film was filled with a host of men working hard to prepare, Tom and Joel said they were never tempted to prove their prowess behind the scenes – not even with an arm wrestling match.
“There was a lot of love around the gym,” Joel said.
“There’s no competition,” Tom added. “It’s the first place to lose competition is hanging around with fighters. [A gym is] the first place to forget any idea of trying to be an alpha male… otherwise you’re never gonna be an alpha male.”
Public Appearances > 2011 > July 21st – ComicCon – San Diego, USA
Warrior Exclusive: If you’re at Comic-Con International, head over to Lionsgate booth #3729 at 9:30am tomorrow to get tickets to the Warrior signing with Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton! They’ll be signing autographs tomorrow starting at 1pm!
This has been posted yesterday at the Warrior Fanbook Page
Hey Warrior fans, if you’re at Comic-Con International tomorrow be sure, head over to the Photo Opp section of the Lionsgate’s Vizio Touch Wall to take pics with Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, upload them, and share them with your friends!
Thank you very much to Becky for the heads up about her interview with Tom’s “Black Hawk Down” co-star Tom Sizemore.
I wonder who of Hollywood’s new leading men Sizemore finds interesting. “Tom Hardy – he’s probably the best young actor right now,” he states, receiving little protest. “I’ve known Tom since Black Hawk Down. If you knew his background… he was so rough round the edges with his accent and everything, but he has an incredible amount of facility with language. He’s a wonderful writer, he’s ambitious in a good way, he’s loyal – he treats the work with great respect – he’s an artist, and I thought he was an artist back then.”
Sizemore’s on a roll, and I’m not about to stop him, merely nodding my head in agreement: “He’s good-looking, he has a wonderful build, and even if he doesn’t want to be a huge star, his talent won’t let him be. He’s a kid who could’ve made all the mistakes I made, as we come from similar backgrounds. Unlike myself, he looked around and saw the mistakes people made, and he’s really resolute – ‘I’m not doing that shit’. I’m usually like that, but then I do it sometimes! He has great aesthetic and taste in material.”
He then reveals how close he came to working with the award-winning Hardy’s Bronson director. “I know Nicolas [Winding Refn], as I was going to do a movie called Fear X with him, but I dropped out of it, and John Turtorro took over for me as I got Dreamcatcher. I read it [Bronson] and Tom just saw the beauty in it. It’s not an obvious choice.”
Read the entire interview here.
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