Most of you probably first met Tom Hardy in 2010’s Inception, unless you’re an avid consumer of British cinema, in which case perhaps you recognized him from 2008’s Bronson. Then again, a select few of you Trekkies might even remember him from 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis. Regardless, now almost all of you identify him as Bane from 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. But a few years from now, we might all be calling him Sir Elton.
With five movies in the works for 2014 (including a highly anticipated Mad Max reboot) and a new rumor going around that he’s being looked at to play Elton John in the upcoming biopic Rocketman, Hardy is hard at work on becoming one of Hollywood’s most recognizable actors/puppy-lovers. And believe it or not, Bane might just be the perfect choice to play one of music’s most iconic performers. Here’s why:
He’s British: Okay, so this might seem obvious, but I’m a strong believer that there’s a distinct difference between an American actor doing a British accent and a real British accent. Especially if they’re playing a Knight.
He’s magnetic: When Hardy is on the big screen, he steals every scene he is in (Reference: Warrior). The power that he is able to evoke with only a look, a mannerism, or in the case of Bane, a tone of voice, is often times remarkable. That element of raw magnetism is a very big part of what people love about Sir Elton — making Hardy ideal to take on the role.
He’s musical: Don’t believe me? He’s rapped a few times.
He’s sensitive and charming: We know that Hardy is very good at being very bad, but he has also proven that he can play the sensitive hero of the story (Reference: Warrior, again, and/or all the photos of him on set of his upcoming film Animal Rescue). In addition to that sensitive side, the man knows how to turn on the charm (Reference: Everything about Eames in Inception). And considering that we’ve all seen Elton John work a crowd, that level of charisma is an important trait for his portrayer to hold.
He’s a chameleon: Wrap your head around this one: The guy from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is also the guy from Lawless, who’s also Bane. With an Elton-John hairdo, some color-tinted glasses, and piano keys at his fingertips, Hardy would easily look the part.