I was hoping that The Dark Knight Rises would be a really big thing for Tom Hardy, and while I'm sure it is in a general sense, his Bane is certainly not popping like The Joker did. Of course Hardy survived through the film's release, but beyond that the character doesn't seem to have quite caught on. I don't blame Hardy; even considering his bizarre vocal choices, the guy is a great, great actor. I sort of blame Christopher Nolan for hiding possibly the best male lips in the business behind a mask.
So let's talk about Tom Hardy a little bit. Specifically about his background as a rapper. It turns out that when he was 15 Hardy signed a deal to record. He told the BBC:
"I used to be with the guy who managed Leela James and Lauren Hill, Pras, the Fugees and all that. I worked out with (Grammy winning producers) Warren Riker and Gordon Williams. I've recorded loads of stuff but it's never been released."
"I've got albums, man. My best friend Peanut, he grew up in the south Bronx. He's a very good MC and we still play. It'll come out in a film one day, it'll come out in a character somewhere".
Before you assume that this is a Golden Throats kinda thing (buy Golden Throats below. You'll be happy you did), it seems that Hardy ain't bad. I don't know the origin of the video above, but it's Hardy rapping in the streets of someplace English with his son, Louis strapped to his chest. It's a couple of years old. I love how Louis holds his dad's thumbs.
Is this the future of celebrity music careers? We've had lots of celebs doing rock and country records, but most of the celebrity attempts at rap have been comedic in nature. I'm curious if we'll see a wave of celeb hip hop singles in the vein of Bruce Willis' The Return of Bruno or Corey Feldman's Former Child Actor. And when will Hardy's albums be released?
By the way, Hardy's past is fascinating, and I can't wait to a read a biography of him. He's also a great actor, but I worry that he's going to get stuck right at the fringes of Hollywood and never quite reach his potential. He's shooting Fury Road, the new Mad Max movie right now, but I can't decide if that's a good thing or not.
In the meantime, here's a self-shot Hardy took. For the ladies and men who are given to that sort of thing.