Captain America's Chris Evans is not the only one who's been beefing up for his movie role. Take a good, long look at British actor Tom Hardy, 33, the star of the forthcoming Warrior. Co-starring Nick Nolte and directed by Gavin O'Connor, Warrior features Hardy as the son of an washed-up, former fighter (Nolte) who relies on his dad's training to become a competitor in a hardcore, mixed martial arts tournament.

Warrior will not be the first time Hardy has charmed the pants off American audiences. The London native, who won a modeling competition when he was 19, played "Eames" alongside Leonardo Dicaprio in 2010's blockbuster hit, Inception. Hardy stole scenes with his sly smile and witty, British wisecracks, but he kept his clothes on for most of the film.

Not so in Warrior, which if anything promises Hardy covered by little more than tribal tattoos and bruises. The Men of Warrior, a "coffee table book" featuring photographs of Hardy and his hard-bodied costars taken by Tim Palen, is available now for pre-order from Amazon. Warrior, the film, opens a month later.


  • Sydney Ramsden
    Sydney Ramsden on

    I'm really looking forward to seeing him in The Dark Knight Rises

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