Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Torture Me, Tom Hardy

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I don't know what sort of sex voodoo spell that Leonardo Dicaprio's put on Martin Scorsese but I'm pretty sad that Leo's going to be snatching the role of "the first serial killer" HH Holmes out of the hands of its rightful owner Tom Hardy. I've been saying this for five years now, dammit. I mean even if we set aside the much better physical resemblance...

... I would really really adore seeing what a director like Scorsese would do with an actor like Tom. We've seen what Marty can do with Leo, five times over, and I'm over it. Even Alfred Hitchcock didn't work with Jimmy Stewart or Cary Grant this many times. Shake it up, Marty! For god's sake.
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Anyway yes there is forward momentum on the long-gestating adaptation of the very good book The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson -- both Dicaprio and Scorsese are saying it'll be their next project. If you haven't read the book I highly recommend it - it somehow manages to make floral landscaping as riveting as a basement of torture devices.
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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Leo is a good actor but I think Hardy or someone like Matthias Schoenaerts would be better at playing a serial killer.

Anonymous said...

Hardy is a better choice than Leo, but hasn't even Hardy played enough psychos already? Let's see Scorcese pluck a perfectly qualified unknown out of nowhere and see what he does with him.

Actually, if we're wishing for things, let's see Scorcese finally direct another movie with a female protagonist. It's been, what, 40 years?

JA said...

Schoenaerts is a great suggestion, Anon! He might be big for the part though -- I picture HH Holmes as being shorter. But then I don't remember if that's true or not and it's certainly not make or break.

Funny thing is, Anon #2, Tom Hardy hasn't actually played that many psychos. His two biggest roles - Bronson and Bane - are really it, but since they loom largest in our imaginations he's got that rep. I do think that Hardy was a less cliched choice five years ago when I first posted about him for the role, though, than he is now.