Whenever she prepares for a new part, she commissions a perfume suitable for the character. Recently, filming Child 44, Tom Hardy noticed when she was mistakenly wearing the wrong perfume, the scent of her role in their previous film together, The Drop. “He’s sensitive,” Rapace says of her co-star. [x]

The Drop


The Drop

Directed by Michael R. Roskam, Written by Dennis Lehane, Starring Tom Hardy, James Gandofini, Noomi Rapace, Matthias Shoenaerts and John Ortiz

Synopsis - Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.

Thoughts -  The Drop is definitely not doing anything new, but it was refreshing seeing this type of neighborhood crime film, with a fantastic cast and well drawn characters, getting a real theatrical release. I want more! 

I really need to talk through this Tom Hardy performance though. Brandoesque in the best and worst ways. 

Hear my thoughts as part of our discussion at the 1:10:16 mark of Episode 80. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)

 My Rating : 7/10


Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy like each other. They really, really like each other.

That’s never more apparent than in The Drop, a gangster crime thriller starring the two intense young actors, as well as the late James Gandolfini (his last film). Rapace and Hardy ooze chemistry on-screen, and apparently it translates into real life as well. [x]

Noomi Rapace by Olaf Blecker for The New York Times Magazine (2012)

"We didn’t know till the day of the shoot, however, that she [Noomi] has the lung capacity of a mermaid. She was able to stay submerged for what seemed like minutes at a time, and she managed to hold her breath in such a way that her face didn’t become distorted; her eyes were open, but did not bulge; her lips were slightly parted, but expelled no bubbles. She smiled, she laughed, she looked angry, contemplative, melancholy. Frankly, it was downright eerie." -New York Times Magazine


Fairy Tale Dreamcast - The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

"I can give her no more power than what she has already. "Don’t you see how great it is? Don’t you see how men and animals are forced to serve her; how well she gets through the world barefooted? She must not hear of her power from us; that power lies in her heart, because she is a sweet and innocent child! If she cannot get to the Snow Queen by herself, and rid little Kay of the glass, we cannot help her." (read in full here)

Rinko Kikuchi  as The Snow Queen

Megan Charpentier as Gerda

Quvenzhané Wallis as The Little Robber Girl

Timothy Spall as The Voice of Bae

Ty Simpkins as Kay (Kai)

Viola Davis as The Old Robber Woman

Shohreh Aghdashloo as The Old Lady who knew Magic

James Woods as The Voice of the Raven/Crow of the Woods

Judi Dench as The Voice of the Tame Raven/Crow

Noomi Rapace as The Lapland Woman 

Pihla Viitala as The Finland Woman

Meryl Streep as The Grandmother 

Antonia Thomas as The Princess 

Godfrey Gao as The Prince

Jim Cummings as The Voice of the Sprite/Devil