Tom Hardy received a thankful nuzzle from a puppy dog that he kept warm in his jacket while filming his new movie, Animal Rescue, in New York City.

This isn't the first time Hardy has shared the screen with a dog.

Animal Rescue, written by Dennis Lehane, is adapted from Lehane's own short story about a bartender who rescues a dog and then becomes embroiled in a criminal drama. Fans may have high expectations for this new movie considering that a number of Lehane's books have been adapted into successful films: Gone, Baby, Gone, Mystic River, Shutter Island. Animal Rescue also stars James Gandolfini and Noomi Rapace.

It’s been quite a year for Hardy, 35, who last summer starred in The Dark Knight Rises as the villain Bane and the prohibition-era film Lawless. Hardy next high-profile role will come as the lead in Mad Max: Fury Road opposite Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult. Mad Max: Fury Road is scheduled for a 2014 release. — Hal Sundt

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