Tom Hardy looks especially small in London: would you hit it or feed it?


Ever since I read a description of what Tom Hardy really looks like in a Wall Street Journal profile last week, I can’t stop thinking about how small he is in real life. Apparently, he’s barely 5’10” and when he’s not consciously bulking up for a role, his weight is probably around 160 lbs. But he carries himself like a bigger dude. Until you look closer. Which is what I’m doing now – these are photos of Tom in London yesterday. All of a sudden, he looks so small! He’s thinned out a lot in the past year. He’s also still doing the clean shaven thing, which isn’t bad. I still prefer the ginger beard though. Here’s how Tom describes himself:

“I’m not huge at all,” says the London-born Mr. Hardy. “I’ve had lots of lads tell me ‘I thought you were bigger.’” He’s 5-foot-9. His normal weight is about 158 pounds, and even for shirtless, muscle-bound roles in “Warrior” and “Bronson” he only beefed up into the 180s. “There’s ways of creating an image—camera angles, intention, voice. You put the weight on in places where the camera’s going to pick it up. You stand in a way that the camera’s going to pick up. I would move as if my limbs were much heavier, move a bit like a boat on the water.”

[From the WSJ]

In that WSJ piece, he talks about preparing to play Elton John, which I guess will be the next thing he films? Maybe? The only problem, perhaps, is that Tom says: “I can’t hold a tune to save my life.” The Elton John bio-pic will either be brilliant or a total hot mess.

A few days ago, it was announced that Tom had signed on to play Ronnie and Reggie Kray, twin gangsters from London’s East End who were arrested in May 1968. I’m not incredibly familiar with the story of the Kray twins, but sure – if there’s one actor to play twin gangsters in the 1960s, it might as well be Tom Hardy.



Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Lilacflowers says:

    Wouldn’t hit it. He belongs to Sixer.

  2. lower-case deb says:

    he kinda looked like Antonio Banderas in some of them.

  3. mimif says:

    Hm. I might give the hair a washing.

  4. Amelia says:

    Can I do both?
    I have strawberries and chocolate in my fridge.

  5. Birdie says:

    He just isn’t my cup of tea. He looks a bit like he smells and his teeth are a nightmare. He is good friends with BC though, which is a plus!

  6. Longhorn says:

    That’s one funny t-shirt

  7. QQ says:

    Feed it, hit it repeatedly, then hit it again, then feed it again

  8. Loopy says:

    Would you hit it or feed it? LOL that question can be taken way out of context.

  9. snowflake says:

    he looks fine to me. a lot of stars are smaller than average, that’s why it’s crazy to me when people compare their bodies to a star. hollywood likes em on the smaller side.

  10. j.eyre says:

    He is getting closer to my Hitable Range in these shots but I must step aside for my allegiance to Miss M.

  11. BangersandMash says:

    Hmmm, he is small. If you remember “Rocknrolla”, he was a bit petit!! Hit it?? Nah, I wouldn’t hit it, I like them taller than me and naturally stocky.

  12. Lark says:

    Hit it forever and ever. Tom can be super handsome when he cleans up or gets grizzly or goes the rough and run down route….but for me it’s the charisma and talent that makes him a forever dong.

  13. Tig says:

    He’s right- he does film “bigger”, if that’s the word for it. I sure hope he doesn’t lip synch EJ songs- that would be a disaster!

    I am desperate for word of Child 44- that is one of my favorite series ever! It’s been finished-at least the filming part-for about a year. Will it ever see the light of day, or sit gathering dust like Serena? Wah!!

  14. Sarah says:

    I met him before he was famous when he was just a jobbing theatre actor. He is a bit of a puppy very eager to be liked and indeed very short. Didn’t fancy him then and don’t really now. He was a nice guy though.

  15. Jen says:

    That’s not London, he’s in NY for Locke premier. C’mon

  16. Jen says:

    lol he looks like a hobbit next to the door man. How sad.

    But I’m pretty sure that’s the Bowery Hotel in NYC, not in London.

  17. Erm says:

    I’m glad I’m a shorty, because 5’9″ seems tall to me.

  18. KatNotNice says:

    Met him on a flight to Dublin and he was the nicest chap ever… he looks SO different without the facial hair!

  19. Kyle says:

    Remembering him from his scenes in Band of Brothers, yeah it’s not a surprise that he’s not a big guy. He looked pretty scrawny (far thinner than now) and on the short side then.

  20. Sarah says:

    thats an inch shorter than the average height for european males. how is that small? if he was 5’11 would he be considered tall?
    i hope we dont go down the route and attack men for their bodyshapes.

  21. Stephanie says:

    I think he’s gorgeous. He looked WAY bigger when playing Bane. He’s one of my Forever Dongs.

  22. RW says:

    I saw him at a party last night, and he’s indeed quite small in person. Still sexy as hell though.

  23. Maria says:

    He has the prettiest lips and seems like such a sweetheart but after seeing nude in Bronson, nope.

    I’m no size queen but I need something a bit more substantial.

  24. Lori says:

    A lot of them (male actors) are about 5’9″ and 160 lbs. Hardy, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn. And because audiences( American anyway) expect men to tower over women……….you end up with women who are about 5’4′ and a 100lbs to play opposite them. Its too bad, many of us are the same size as our man. I dated a man for 6 years who was 5’8 and 140 lbs, same as me. Any it wasn’t odd at all.

  25. GlimmerBunny says:

    HELL YES. He’s my forever favorite famous crush. And I don’t think he looks particularly skinny here, he looks about the same size as he was in “Inception” to me?

  26. kimber says:

    Ew…no I would never….and I do mean never…

  27. Patricia says:

    Just adorable. Much better then when he was a bulked up mess.

  28. bluhare says:

    So he’s going to play both Krays? That could be interesting!

  29. vee says:

    there’s a film from the 80s starring Martin and Gary Kemp (the brothers from Spandau Ballet) called The Krays. They were an interesting pair to say the least.

  30. Dimebox says:

    Ha! Tommy-girl wishes he was 5’9 or 5’10!

  31. Intro Outro says:

    Aww ladies, why latch onto details? Height, weight, teeth.. Sounds like you’re buying a horse XDDD Personally, i’ve always thought that it’s the ensemble that matters ;) And i’d definitely hit *this* ensemble lol.

  32. Camille (The Original) says:

    Adorable. And I never knew he was so short, that kind of dulls the hotness a little for me.

  33. Shijel says:

    I like him like this. He looks more streamlined; I was never into beefy guys. I also remember the time when he was in the very, very beginning of his career and he was downright thin and very beautiful-looking&elegant. Beefcakes just lack that.
    I also don’t mind his height, as tall guys are good to look at, but being a 5’2ft female, hugging or even talking to anything taller than 5’11 is very uncomfortable. Had a tall 6’4 boyfriend, never again unless love happens.

    So yeah. He looks lovely. Wouldn’t hit it because of my low libido, but ogle? I’d ogle.