Tom Hardy shows off his buzzcut at the ‘Child 44’ premiere: love it or hate it?


Here are some photos of last night’s London premiere of Child 44, the new film starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace. The movie looks kind of terrible, frankly, and it might only be watchable because of the stellar acting ensemble. But yeah, the plot is weird – it’s about the hunt for a child-murderer in the USSR, the Stalin era. What could have been a period crime story is complicated by Soviet politics and some kind of massive, complicated cover-up. As I said, the movie looks bad. And every actor is doing a different accent (none of them Russian).

As for these premiere pics… Tom Hardy is showing off his new buzzcut. I really don’t mind my Hardy with a shaved head, just as long as the shaved head isn’t paired with thick muscles, no neck and a clean-shaven face, because if he does that, he looks like Shrek. So it’s good that he’s kept an unkempt beard. I’m one of the few people around here that likes an unkempt beard on Tom. It makes him look wild and unruly. Like his thunder would be life-altering.

Noomi’s dress here is Vivienne Westwood’s Gold Lace Eden Dress. It’s kind of a mess. But I haven’t seen Noomi with this cut and color for a while, so it suddenly struck me as I was looking through these photos – she looks a lot like Tom’s girlfriend/wife Charlotte Riley, right? Maybe that’s why Tom likes Noomi so much. She’s like the Swedish version of Charlotte.

Meanwhile, Russia has banned any Russian theater from showing Child 44. The Russian Ministry of Culture claims the film (and the book it’s based on) is a “distortion of historic facts and willful interpretation of events … as well as images and characters of Soviet citizens of the period.” The distributor is appealing the decision, but I doubt anyone in Russia will be seeing this film any time soon. Nor would they want to, I would assume. Not even the promise of Tom’s Thunder could get me to watch this.




Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Helen says:

    The accents in the film are the WORST. I’ll still see it though: for Tom and for Gary.

    • Mia V. says:

      The books, cause it’s a trilogy, are really good!

      • Tig says:

        The trilogy is a fantastic read- I enjoyed all the books so much. Will still check out the movie. Not too surprised the Russians are censoring it- not a chapter of their history they want to revisit.

    • Anne tommy says:

      Hardy does nothing for me regardless of hair. I like Noomi but she’s swapped in this outfit. Both of them can act though, which is the main thing…

  2. Rada says:

    what’s not to love.

  3. Jen says:

    love it

  4. Lilacflowers says:

    Was it raining? There are spots all over his shoulders.

    • Kiddo says:

      Drooling fans. Where’s Kitten, BTW?

    • Kitten says:

      He looks better with hair–he just looks hard like this. That being said, I would still bone his brains out.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Sixer would shank you. Best to stay clear of The Bloke

      • Kitten says:

        I guess you don’t know about our Bloke Arrangement?

        Anyway, Sixer and I have everything worked out so not to worry.

      • Sixer says:

        Gah. You go to the allotment for an hour, and Celebitchy sneaks a Bloke post in, and OTHER PEOPLE GET THERE FIRST.

        We do have an arrangement, don’t we, Kitten?

        I think it’s a horrible buzz cut but I’m willing to suck it up for The Bloke.

  5. Ella says:

    Dear Tom. Stop fighting the hotness. We all know it’s there. Set it free. Thanks!

    • Clair says:

      Lol ..that’s exactly what i thought…maybe it’s because he just came back of filming The Revenant.

    • meme says:

      He really is serious about fighting the hot. Tom Hardy is one hella good looking man, except for the ugly tats. I hope Mad Max makes him a huge star.

  6. Kiddo says:

    Such a strange hairline pattern, or the contours of his skull being exposed, I can’t tell. He doesn’t look awful, but he looks better with hair grown in.

  7. Deb says:

    He looks like Travis Fimmel in Vikings with that buzz cut and beard LOL. No matter, I stan for him big time.

  8. Shambles says:

    This girl is a sucker for a buzz cut, so I’m all for this. I wish the facial hair was shorter though. Let me see those lipppzzz

  9. Demi says:

    I’m sorry but i love Tom Hardy sporting a Russian accent; it’s doing things with me 😉 So i will stare at him and listen to him on the big screen. And yes, he’s looking mighty fine…always and everywhere.

  10. L says:

    OMG they made a movie out of this horrible book? I had to read it for book club. I don’t even know how this would work as a movie.

  11. Tiffany says:

    Noomi looks different every time there are new photos of her. I just cannot pinpoint why but I find myself not believing that it is her.

  12. Michelle says:

    I seem to be in the minority here, but I can’t get into this guy anymore. I used to think Tom Hardy was super hot until I saw a few movies in them and I couldn’t stop focusing on his horribly chapped lips. They STILL look chapped in these pictures!

    • Kitten says:

      Yeah, our make-out sessions have really been doing a number on the poor bloke’s lips.
      I’ll be sure to stock up on some Burt’s Bees so you can go back to liking him again.

  13. Ari says:

    He is giving me King Ragnar vibes so I am loving it every part of me is loving it lol

  14. Abby says:

    I just finished this book last week and read the other two book in the trilogy too. The books are really really interesting and highly unflattering to the USSR… Not surprised it’s banned in Russia. The crime is based on a real life serial killer in Russia in the 70s.

    That being said, I watched the trailer and the movie looks terrible. The accents are so weird and all over the place!

    I don’t see Tom Hardy in this role. Maybe if tom cruise or Brad Pitt were younger. It’s a 30-something classically handsome guy. Hardy doesn’t have the look to me. Maybe Charlie Hunnam? Yes, Charlie would do the job.

    • marjori says:

      The trailer shows me a believable Leo. Tom’s performance was praised. It’s the choice of using a Russian accent that throws some people off. I don’t mind actually…

  15. amberj says:

    Oh god.

    Dear Tom. Bend me over the table and dick the goddamn life outta me. Thanks.

    Was Charlotte in attendance? Noomi and Tom look *very* comfortable together in the DM pics. Totally believe the past rumors about those two.

    • Lola says:

      Don’t believe that at all; they’re good friends, nothing more, nothing less. Tom looks sexy as hell by the way…