Tom Hardy premieres ‘The Drop’ at TIFF: looking good or not so much?


Tom Hardy is looking really great these days, right? He’s not too thin, not too bulky, not too furry. Just the right amount of meat and fur. Perfection! These are photos of Tom and Noomi Rapace at the TIFF premiere of The Drop. That’s the gritty gangster movie set in Brooklyn. You may also know it as “that film that gave us all of those wonderful photos of Tom Hardy nuzzling a pit bull puppy.” Unfortunately for all of us, no puppies were on the red carpet. BOO! Fortunately, Tom Hardy looked really good so I’m not so mad about the lack of puppies. So, would you hit it? Of course you would.

Here’s a great video with the cast & director. There’s a really great part where Tom talks about the puppy, Rocco. And they talk about the late James Gandolfini, who had a supporting part in this film (I believe this is the last movie Gandolfini filmed before he passed).

And here’s a featurette about Rocco and how important he is to the story. I think I must be seriously hormonal because I totally cried watching this.

Also, it should be noted… Noomi Rapace is now a platinum blonde. A blonde with NO eyebrows. Seriously, she shaved them off. I can’t decide if I think she’s so magnificent, she doesn’t even need eyebrows.




Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Lilacflowers says:

    From the sounds of things, Hardy totally owns TIFF this year.

    • Innie Outie says:

      Unfortunately, reviews for The Drop are rather mixed as far as I’ve read. Indiewire’s in particular. Most of reviews praise Hardy even if they criticise the film itself, while Indiewire didn’t even like Hardy in it =/

      Oh well. I’m gonna wait and see for myself, but even if I end up agreeing with negative reviews, after all the brilliant work Hardy’s already delivered he can afford a misstep as far as I’m concerned 😉

      • Lilacflowers says:

        It’s a Lehane story and I have to support my local boys (can’t wait to hear his take on the accents in Black Mass) so I will be seeing it.

      • TheOriginalPuppy says:

        This is director Michael Roskam’s follow up to his debut film Bullhead which I loved and James Gandolfini’s last film, so I’ll definitely be checking it out. As for the reviews the one I read on Twitch said it was good.

      • Innie Outie says:

        Yep, Indiewire is usually one of the most difficult-to-please reviewers so their A’s are particularly precious lol. But some other reviews have starting coming in and while some are still on the fence, others are very good (like BBC Culture’s review).

    • icerose says:

      it sounds interesting and promising and I like he is playing against type.

    • Anne tommy says:

      Love Denis Lehane but Hardy just not my cup of Earl Grey, will go and see the film if it’s decent though.

    • ORLY says:

      TIFF just opened, it’s a little early to decide who “owns TIFF this year”.

    • icerose says:

      @Lilacflowers and Innie Outie There is some great press coming up for another Tom

      • 'P'enny says:

        I didn’t h-bomb this time! In the name of Shakespeare and singing country music live I am not the guilt one!😜

      • Innie Outie says:

        @icerose: huh? What press? About what?? Richard II? Hank I? Or first private screening of Crimson Peak? 😛

        I was glad to read very positive reviews of Wheatley-produced The Duke of Burgundy, on the other hand. I’ll definitely try to catch this one… somewhere lol. *twangs away into bluish evening mist*

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @icerose – Rodney Crowell’s next concert is here in MA at the end of the month and my boyfriend has tickets. He didn’t understand why I was screaming about it last night. He just kept looking at me blankly and saying: “but we’ve seen Rodney before. And there’s no Emmylou. Why are you so excited?”

      • Innie Outie says:

        LOL @Lilac, did you care to explain? Or gave it up as bad job and decided that he won’t understand anyway?

      • 'P'enny says:

        @lilac i so hope you get lucky and he performs again, you are well deserving of such an honour. ‘kiss’

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @’p’enny, why thank you, dear. And there’s a Shakespeare thing at Fenway (ancient baseball stadium with really horrific accoustics so I don’t know why it is there) the night before. Seems appropriate.

      • M.A.F. says:

        What press? The only thing I have seen is some article coming out of the Venice Film festival about a director wanting to do Richard II.

        Or are we talking about a certain youtube clip of our boy getting his country western on? Live…on stage…w/a guitar.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Innie Outie, I am letting him be puzzled for a while.

      • icerose says:

        @Lilacflowers one report said he was on the road with him for a bit which positively makes me go weak at the knees thousands of miles away. Musicians are the stuff of fantasies and Crowell, Tom and country bands are hot triggers. Oh that they were travelling in the boot of my Bugatti Veyron. I guess could sell it and use the money to buy a couple of luxury tour buses for the usual crew plus ladies. Throw in Willie Nelson and we would have a free supply of marijuana for the trip.
        Lucky you if he does show,
        @Penny it was a Tom post what else is a poor girl to do.
        @M,A,F yes and know but it has been a weekend of revelations.Yes to Crimson Peak and Richard 11 info plus another casting rumour blown to pieces

      • 'P'enny says:

        There’s another video where tom says he’s not sure he’ll do this again. Hah! I hope he does he seems to shine on stage, theatre, comic con or singing he has presence. Now will we see tom hardy sing yellow brick road live? Go elton/tom.

      • Innie Outie says:

        @’P’enny, I still don’t know what to think of Hardy as Elton John. One of those casting choices that I can’t work out ANY opinion on until I see at least some snippets of the film in question.

      • icerose says:

        @InnieOutie I think his facial bone structure is similar to Elton’s which is a good start. And like another Tom he seems to thrive on role variation.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @innie outie and icerose, I think Hardy can definitely pull off Elton John’s appearance based on his look in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. And I think he’ll be fun to watch in the role. Will he be doing his own singing?

  2. Ice Queen says:

    I love Noomi Repace but I hate people who shave their eyebrows. It’s stupid, they are there for a reason-protection.

    • Lilalis says:

      I think her brows are bleached, not shaved off? But she looks way better with dark hair and brows.

      • Stef Leppard says:

        I was prepared for the worst but she actually looks good as a blonde. I would love it if her hair was styled differently though and looked softer.

      • Sea Dragon says:

        They look 100% bleached to me.
        I don’t like her look but she’s very talented and varies it up for her roles. She has the ability to fuse with her character, a mark of excellence imo. I loved her in the Dragon Tattoo trilogy and that she’s working with Hardy makes her all the more appealing. Go Noomi!

      • Dolce crema says:

        I see the blonde brows too! And she looks good, can’t remember her before look

      • RocketMerry says:

        I too think she looks best with dark hair and brows. Furthermore, her blond might needs some more purple toner, it’s way too yellow still. I’m hoping this is just for a part.

      • M.A.F. says:

        Echoing the bleached comments.

  3. Frida_K says:

    1. I miss James Gandolfini! I still can’t quite believe that we’ll never see another performance from him. James Gandolfini, gone? … Ouch.

    2. I will rampage Tom Hardy and then O’kit can have him back, no problem. He’ll be tired and spent for a few days, but hey.

    3. Whoa. She has no eyebrows. They are gone, girl.

    That’s all I got, friends.

  4. Aussie girl says:

    I’ve got to say tom is looooking good! Yes indeed. He normally doesn’t do a lot but I can see what you girls can see. As for noomi, Wowza! Idid she shave them for a part or just a look she is going with, like bangs..? I’ve heard things about shaving off eyebrows, like they may not grow back the same .

  5. Nicole says:

    She’s not so magnificent that she doesn’t need eyebrows. That position has been filled by Tilda Swinton. There can be only one. I’m sorry.

  6. InvaderTak says:

    I could have done with a liiiittle wider tIe. But too much white shirt showing. But it’s obviously not a huge deal. Everything else is lovely

  7. PunkyMomma says:

    Ummmm, no. The hair is a bit greasy looking for me.

  8. Me1 says:

    I like Tom Hardy as an actor, but I’m not seeing his appeal looks wise, at all. In fact I think his suit here is awful and the hair and scruff are really bad too. No thanks

    • Hissyfit says:

      He does nothing for me too. I’ve seen his name around online but I don’t think I remember any film he’s in. Is he a good actor? He needs a new stylist. He looks terrible in the first photo. The suit doesn’t fit him well and the belt looks bad. He looks very sloppy. Like one of those bums who just borrowed a suit from a friend because he needs to clean up and be formal for a sister’s wedding or something.

      And I don’t know who that lady is but her face is combination of Kristen Bell and Lady Gaga.

      • Linn. says:

        The only film I’ve seen him in is Inception.

        Though I must admit I completely forgot that he was in that movie until I’ve read somebody else make a comment about it. It might be the role he played though as I don’t remember it either.

      • Nicky says:

        Tom’s different, Tom’s special, Tom’s everything! In fact he doesn’t give a shit about clothes or other futile aspect related to ‘fame’. The only thing that matters to him is the work itself. This is how it should be. Do you want to know if he’s a good actor? Watch lOCKE, BRONSON, INCEPTION, LAWLESS, TDKR . And these are only a few of his Hollywood-gigs.
        O and watch the upcoming film Mad Max Fury road; he will play Max.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Nicky, his performance in Locke was mesmerizing.

      • icerose says:

        Tom is a good actor and he has a sexy charismatic streak even if looks wise he is not my cup of tea. First time I saw him in Tinker Taylor he stood out in a film crammed with great performances,

    • ds says:

      I loved him as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. That was the first film I’ve ever seen him in; he had this amazing energy that just pulled me in.

      • 'P'enny says:

        I loved him as Heathcliffe, he got that bAd wild thing going on. But the script let him down, anyone who loves the book, like me, recognises the bad bad messing if cathy’s death scene.

      • M.A.F. says:

        I could not get behind him in that. Maybe it’s because I came in half way through (an English class was watching it & I was covering for a teacher) but ahh, found him annoying. Maybe it was the female character more than anything that turned me off it.

  9. pretty says:

    has his face changed forever or something? he was so hot in Inception and This Means War, like you could say he was “too pretty” but he was really goodlooking. nowadays,,,, he looks like he has aged 1 0 years and i don’t like his beards and that hairstyle….

  10. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    “When we save a dog, we save ourselves.”

    Oh, that trailer got me. That puppy. The innocent way they nestle right into your heart. James Gandolfini. Excuse me, while I just sob into my pillow for awhile.

  11. Pretty Hate Machine says:

    Zoom in to the first picture. What is that weird patch above each eye, closest to her nose? Looks like blonde hair. Maybe she tried to bleach those and lost most of the eyebrows.

  12. luana says:

    He looks good, not yummy but good. OT this post reminds me of a weird dream I had some weeks ago: I dreamt Tom Hardy and Robin Wright were a couple and were giving an interview where they said they were going through a fertility treatment to have a child. It looked so real that even days after I keep thinking of them as a couple. They’d make a hot couple actually.

  13. Kiddo says:

    He looks good except for the neck beard stubble.

  14. Jenns says:

    Noomi totally pulled a Lisbeth Salander. She looks awesome, though.

  15. Coco says:

    Ummmm her eyebrows ARE there, just very very blonde

  16. kri says:

    Oh, my man. Well, one of them anyway. H eis so beautiful. As is Rocco. I love the smoke -clored animals, feline or canine. I find them magical creatures…much like the one that lives in Tom’s pants.

  17. sigh((s)) says:

    Ewwwweeee neck beard. Gross!

  18. From North of Boston says:

    Tom Hardy’s looking good!

  19. Ginger says:

    Tom is gorgeous and I would hit all day long. But I agree with some of the others here that Tom should groom the beard on his neck. I wouldn’t have recognized Noomi if you hadn’t said it was her! She looks so radically different. I hate her make up too. I hope that look is simply for a role and she goes back to brunette.

  20. T.C. says:

    I love Noomi Rapace’s blonde look. It goes much better with her face and skintone. Even the blonde eyebrows work.

    Tom Hardy does nothing for me but I like his acting.

  21. antisocial says:

    Anybody know if the dog (or any animal) dies in the movie? Cause I’m won’t watch if one does. I can handle human torture scenes, severed body parts, etc but hurt an animal and I’ll shut it off instantly.

  22. Reece says:

    Nah her eyebrows are bleached and thin. Turn up the con…Puppy FEELS! OMG

  23. chaine says:

    she looks awful. is this for a role?

  24. M.A.F. says:

    I need more Noomi Rapace in my American cinemas. Get on it Hollywood.

    As for this movie, the trailer turned me off. I feel like I have seen this movie before but with out the dog.

  25. Ellen says:

    I saw this movie at TIFF and I loved it. Tom Hardy’s Brooklyn accent is adorable, but not as adorable as Rocco the dog.

  26. Chris says:

    Starred Up, 71 and Unbroken. When I first saw Jack O Connell in Skins a few years ago I knew he had it and was bound to be a major star. Once these three films have finished their cinema run he will be. The fact that he knows Angelina Jolie won’t hurt him either. (Starred Up and 71 are playing at TIFF)