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Q: Is it true that Tom Hardy did an entire movie by himself? I heard him mention something about it in an interview.

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

Technically, yes, he did. He had a little help, though.

In the 2013 film "Locke," current Hollywood it-boy Tom Hardy played Ivan Locke, a successful construction manager whose personal and professional lives unravel over the course of one long car drive, which the film shows in real time. The plot is revealed through a series of phone calls, and the entire film (save shots at the beginning and end) takes place inside Locke's car.

So Hardy is, indeed, the only person on screen throughout the film, however other actors' voices are heard as the people on the phone. Their parts were recorded in real time as well, and they were actually on the phone with Hardy in the footage.

Director Steven Knight admits it was a weird way to make a movie, but told movie-news site FlickeringMyth.com that he's only interested in finding different ways to make movies. He also said Hardy was on board with his oddball approach.

"He's interested in the art of acting, not the art of celebrity. He was great to work with."

Of course, Hardy is now a major celebrity whether he's interested in it or not. Though his role choices have never been predictable, and he's seemed willing to take on smaller roles if the film seems interesting enough, Hardy has become the kind of actor who toplines blockbusters.

Most recently, he starred in this year's "Mad Max: Fury Road," the big-budget, big-grossing reboot of the "Mad Max" franchise. He also played the villain in "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012), one of the highest-grossing movies of all time.

And yet his taste for the weird remains. Next year, among other roles, he'll star in and produce an 1800s-period TV show for FX Network, which will reunite him with Knight, his "Locke" director.

 

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