Grunting expert Tom Hardy is playing Al Capone in a new gangster flick
What silly accent will he put on this time?
Uh oh, Tom Hardy is doing a bad guy again, everybody - a not-very-nice-man again, with a hat. He’s going to walk around with his big shoulders, all hunched over, lips pursed, and he’s going to be looking people in the eyes, really close to their face, and it’s all going to be really scary. Also, you’re not going to be able to hear what he’s saying, are you? Tom Hardy is talking, but like hell are you going to be able to pinpoint his accent or decipher his words. That’s our Tom!
Anyway, the movie, which starts filming in New Orleans on 2 April, will focus on Capone’s later years, when he wasn’t doing so much of the gangster stuff, and was instead languishing in his mansion in the grip of dementia. The full synopsis reads:
“Once a ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Alfonse (ha!) Capone was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore.
“At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Alfonse’s mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life.”
So I don’t think we’re getting a shooty The Untouchables type film here, we’re going down the ‘acting’ route, I suspect. So they’ve got Hardy, who if you’ll recall, loves a bit of the old acting, so he does, and he’s played gangsters quite a few times before, including real-life ones - hello Ronnie and Reggie Kray. Good shout, I guess.
However, I think the question on everyone’s lips - the most contentious issue - is: what dumb voice is going to come out of Tom Hardy’s mouth for two hours when this is released?
What do you reckon?
It’s the last one, isn’t it.