Tom Hardy and His Hollywood Transformation - Reasons He'll Be a Big Star

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With "The Dark Knight Rises" hitting theaters, Tom Hardy continues his impressive rise to the top of the Hollywood food chain. Portraying the villain Bane in the final Christopher Nolan Batman film, Hardy has a chance to add another impressive role to a career that is starting to fill up with them.

Hardy hasn't always been a big Hollywood face but he has accomplished that goal with some careful planning and great choices in roles.

"Bronson"

Hardy got his start in impressive style, appearing in Ridley Scott's amazing wartime movie, "Black Hawk Down," and then adding a "Star Trek" film to his resume as well. However, after that, the British actor returned home and began to work on his skills in a number of British films. After a head turning role as Handsome Bob in Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla," Hardy got the role that helped turn him into a star.

In 2008, Hardy starred as real-life British prisoner Charles Bronson in "Bronson." In the movie, Hardy portrayed a man sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office but ending up serving 30 years in solitary confinement, due to his violent outbursts in prison. Director Nicolas Winding Refn went on to direct the 2011 hit movie, "Drive," while Hardy used the performance to catapult himself into Hollywood.

"Inception"

Christopher Nolan discovered Hardy and cast him in "Inception," the groundbreaking sci-fi movie he made in between "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises." With his big performance in the film, he earned his role as Bane in the new Nolan Batman movie.

Building Blocks

Hardy returned to Britain to co-star in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," a critically acclaimed movie based on the classic John le Carre novel. Hardy was almost unrecognizable in his role as a former spy. He then bulked up and signed on to the MMA movie, "Warrior," starring as an older fighter who enters a tournament where he eventually has to face his younger brother.

With a spy movie and a sports action flick under his belt, Hardy continued to try to add to his resume. To do so, he took an unlikely role in "This Means War," a romantic comedy where he stars as a secret agent alongside Chris Pine. The two seek the affections of Reese Witherspoon and Hardy proved himself to be a competent rom-com actor as well.

As he takes part in the biggest role of his career, he has proven over the years to be adept at just about every genre you can imagine. From Britain to Hollywood, Hardy has climbed the ladder to success through hard work and determination. The sky is the limit for the actor from here.

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