GQ British | 2015 Power List | Oct. 2015 issue | ph. by Oleg Nikishin
It’s a Hollywood cliché to talk about such souped-up buzz words
as “star power” or what, if anything, constitutes a leading man
these days. Yet it’s fair to say that, in judging both, if an actor
can carry two blockbusters on their back while muzzled like a rabid
hound and having about six lines of dialogue in total, they’ve probably
got it and they probably are one. From 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises (as
villain Bane) to this year’s tectonic smash Mad Max: Fury Road (as the
similarly mute and muffled title character), the 37-year-old Brit became
that rare thing: the movie star you never saw coming.
What other actor, for instance, could have carried something like
Locke, a film that consisted entirely of nothing but talking: just Hardy
in his car, on the phone? It wasn’t so much a movie as an actor’s suicide
note. Yet in Hardy’s hands – intense, gripping, effortlessly magnetic,
demanding your attention while never stooping to beg for it – it became
a calling card.
Next up, having conquered both talking and not-talking, Hardy is set
to show off by playing both Kray twins in LA Confidential writer Brian
Helgeland’s gangster biopic Legend, making him the only actor who can
give himself the silent treatment or talk over himself. Then, next year,
the ultimate tester of leading-man status: top billing opposite Leonardo
DiCaprio in period drama The Revenant, from the Oscar-winning director
of Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu. If you can hold your own
against a man for whom a Victoria’s Secret afterparty is a quiet night in,
you know you’ve got it. SM
Intelligence, self-confidence in one’s own skin. If a girl is slightly overweight or, you know, if she’s comfortable in herself, living life the way she wants to live it, I find that sexy and attractive and of course I love a woman with a sort of good sense of humour; playful and goofy.
Michael Fassbender on what he finds attractive in a woman | British GQ.