How familiar were you with the source material for Lost City of Z? Had you read David Grann’s book?
James gave me the book when it was a totally different script. Or I may
have read it long before there was even a script at all. I think at the
time he was thinking about me to play Percy’s son. Because I must’ve
only been about 21. And then I just kind of stayed with it as time went
on, and it went through all these different casts. [Laughs]
It sounds like the script changed a lot through the years. What were the biggest changes made over time?
When I first read it, it was a straight action movie, like Indiana Jones. It was this rip-roaring adventure movie, and not this kind of epic, elegant saga that takes place over 30 years.
Costin is a much more minor character in the book. What did you build off of to shape him?
I always thought with Percy’s character it would be a good idea to have
a foil. I always interpreted Percy’s character as this man determined
to fix the reputation that he thinks he’s deserved, and which his father
has ruined for him. … He keeps going back to the jungle again and again
and again, just to fix this insecurity. So I liked the idea of Costin
being this character who basically had a total disregard for the English
aristocracy or any kind of social climbing whatsoever. So he didn’t
really want to bring anything back from the jungle, anyway. The entire
point for him was just to go because he had nothing to live for in
How much information was out there about the real guy? Any sense of his military career?
Well, Costin in reality was a refrigerator salesman. There was an advert in the Times of London saying, “Adventurers Wanted.” That’s actually how he got the job. [Laughs]
He was one of the only people who applied for it. But he was in the
army — he was a physical fitness instructor. But really, I liked the
craziness of just applying to be an adventurer.
You rock some pretty rad facial hair in this movie. Did that look grow on you — pun intended — or did you not care for it?
the end, I was definitely over it. But at least when you’re shooting a
movie with your face covered, there’s very little makeup to be done. It
was definitely a “Get out of bed and that’s it” situation. That helped
in the middle of the jungle.
You’ve played lead roles, you’ve taken supporting parts — this is more of a supporting role in an ensemble. Do you have a preference these days?
are certain directors I just really want to work with, and you bring
what you can to a part. But in some ways it’s kind of nice [to play a
supporting role]. It is a little bit liberating because you don’t have
to concentrate on the narrative thrust of the story.You’re just purely
thinking about character and just embellishing it a little bit. But with
this, I would’ve played any part in it, pretty much.
has some great lines in this movie. I think one of my favorites is when
you say to Hunnam, “We’re too British for this jungle.” Did you guys
feel out of your element filming in the jungles of Colombia?
I really loved it. I guess in some ways, it was kind of hard. But it’s
just incredible, going to work every day in a little boat, going up
river in the middle of virgin jungle in Colombia. It was very, very
close to being on vacation, to be honest. [Laughs]
But the type of vacation where you couldn’t eat anything?
yeah. There’s a certain degree of harshness, and we were trying to lose
as much as weight as possible in a really short period of time. So I
guess there’s that element to it. But there’s a reason those guys wanted
to keep going back as well. It’s amazing.
Do you consider yourself pretty adventurous? Could your relate to that thirst for exploration?
definitely. I do sometimes find myself gravitating toward a job just
because it’s shooting out in the middle of nowhere. If I’m shooting in a
city, generally it can become a repetitive scenario. If you have anyone
taking pictures on their phones, it just constantly reminds you of the
reality of your life. And I find it becomes a little more difficult.
Whereas if you’re out in the jungle and everyone is on the same page as
you, you just sort of believe in character a little bit more.
What is your own personal Amazonian adventure? What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your career so far?
don’t know: I’ve done things which I thought were going to be really
risky, which ended up not being risky at all. I generally try to keep
finding ways to push the envelope as much as I can, and whenever I get
the opportunity to do it, I generally try to take it. But I don’t really
worry about taking risks, to be honest.
What’s something you thought was risky that ended up not being so?
I did this movie years ago called Bel Ami, which was at the height of all the Twilight
stuff. It was this Guy de Maupassant novel about a guy who seduces
women specifically to screw them out of their money and ruin their
lives. I thought that was a relatively subversive choice to make at the
time. [Laughs] And no one really seemed to think the same thing.
What is your relationship with your Twilight fan base these days? Has the madness that surrounded your life calmed down at all?
definitely calmed down in terms of my everyday life, but mainly because
I spend more time in London, which is totally different. And I’m doing
more parts that just sort of interest me, while in a lot of ways taking a
little bit of a step back just to learn and get better. I guess I’ve
never really acknowledged what the fan base is, or even if I have one. [Laughs]
Oh, you have one.
yeah, I’m always pretty curious about what people say afterward, and
who turns up, who likes the movie. It’s always kind of random. But I
love it when someone who you just really wouldn’t expect says, “Oh, I
liked you in this.”
What films have been most unexpected?
always just really strange. I’ve done a bunch of movies which I thought
might’ve been impossible to be seen. There was this film Little Ashes,
where I played Salvador Dalí, from years and years ago, and just the
other day I was walking down the street and somebody came up and said,
“Oh, that’s my favorite film!” You kind of forget that people even watch
your films. [Laughs]
What do you think of all the universe building that is going on in Hollywood right now and the possibility that they could reboot Twilight and expand its world? Could you ever see yourself playing Edward Cullen again?
Really, they’re expanding it? So I’ll get my own spin-off? [Laughs]
Potentially! It could be called Edward: Homecoming.
But would you ever dip back in if the opportunity presented itself?
mean, I’m always kind of curious. Anything where there’s a mass
audience — or seemingly an audience for it — I always like the idea of
subverting people’s expectations.So there could be some radical way of
doing it, which could be quite fun. It’s always difficult when there’s
no source material. But, yeah, I’m always curious.
What type of role haven’t you been offered yet that you’re eager for?
sort of, to a fault, rely a little bit too much on being inspired by
things that land on my doorstep. I literally just did this movie called Good Time, which I think is a really interesting role. But I would’ve never, ever predicted that I would’ve liked it. [Pattinson plays a New York bank robber running from the police.] I think that he’s basically the embodiment of an angry commenter on the Internet.
That sounds great.
if you watch the movie you’ll probably be like, “Huh? What are you
talking about?” But one of my favorite things to do — this is quite
embarrassing — but you know how when you look on Amazon and you see a
product that’s got a consumer review that is so scathing, on
like an electric toothbrush or something? Like, literally buying this
toothbrush has ruined this person’s life. I always click on that
person’s buying history, or their other reviews, and I’ll just read them
for days and days. And I’m really amused. These people just have to
vent this kind of furious anger on product reviews. I’ve always found
that sort of character really interesting. [Laughs]
Public Male Bonding. Over the weekend, a lucky fan met Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, and an unnamed friend while they were out midnight snacking on kebabs because why not.
According to Jessi, Lee didn’t agree to a pic because he’s shy. (which is Lee-speak for “No one’s supposed to know I’m in Berlin because as far as anyone knew, I’ve been filming my new movie in New York.”) Other than that, Jessi seemed to have a lovely encounter.
Hodge Podge ~ each member of the fraternity and sorority must draw a crazy costume idea out of a hat. Offer a wide range of customs and hope the results are hilarious, especially on the guys.
Inked ~ temporary tattoo party.
It’s a Mod Mod World
Lifeguards & Lap Dancers
Lip Sync ~ buy the brightest/wildest lipstick shades available. As each guest enters the party (male and female) hostesses randomly apply a shade of lipstick on their lips. They may find their “dates” for the evening by matching lipstick shades. Reapplication of their original color is allowed.
Mad Scientists & Lab Rats
Mascots ~ everyone dresses as a version of their favorite mascot.
Men in Black & Mafia Wives
Mobsters & Mermaids
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
Park Rangers & Camp Fire Girls
Party With Your Generation ~ before the party, divide the guest list into groups and assign a generation to each group. Attendees must dress as and party with their generation. Gen X, Gen Y, Baby Boomers, Senior Citizens are a few examples. This would also work for a Party With Your Decade event assigning different decades to groups in advance.
Private School Breaking the Rules
Quarterbacks & Glitter Queens
Rakish Ranchers & Saloon Girls
Saints & Sinners
Sorority Color Crush ~ if your chapter has two colors, ask the guys to dress all in one shade and all the girls in the other. For example, KD green & white party, or a DG pink & blue event. Assign the funniest color to the guys.
Spilt Personality ~ everyone must dress as half & half of two different things, i.e. angel/devil, man/woman, cop/criminal. Their left side is one identity and their right side is the other in a “split” costume. Or, for a date party, assign pairs ahead of time and each guest must find their “other half” at the party. For example, peanut butter would need to find jelly.
Tech Time Machine ~ costumes must represent “tech” from the past, i.e. typewriter, newspaper, snail mail, rotary phone, fax machine, floppy disc, record album, 8-track tape, 50s TV, etc.
Tech Like It’s Today ~ come as a current tech device, app, social media, or website, i.e. Kindle, Instagram, Pinterest, iPhone, Snapchat, Tumblr, Xbox, etc. Combine old & new Tech themes for a fun past & present tech party.
TFM • TSM ~ guys dress as sorority girls and girls dress as fraternity guys “as seen on” TFM/TSM.
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly ~ randomly divide the guest list into three groups and assign each group their “look” for the night.
The Off Season ~ whatever the weather is like outside, theme the social to the opposite season. A tropical island theme in February, or a Ski Chalet party in May.
Tight & Bright ~ everything worn by guys & girls must be very bright and very tight.
Top Chef Date Party ~ guys dress as chefs, girls dress as food. On entering the party, each girl writes her costume “food” on a slip of paper and each guy draws his 'dish’ from the bowl to make couples for the night.
Overdressed & Underdressed ~ divide your guest list into two groups, (or divide by chapter) and ask half the group to come underdressed and the other half to arrive overdressed.
Ultimate Sprinkler Party ~ outdoor wet & wild.
Umpires & Superfans
War & Peace
Wicked Wizards & Bad Fairies
Young Tarts & Old Farts
Zombie Doctors & Nurses
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Esquire has put a lot of movie stars on the cover of the magazine. Tom Hardy is not a movie star. He is not yet a movie star. But we are putting him on the cover because we saw his performance in Locke and because we want to ask if all movie stars now have to be ambassadors or if they can be allowed to unsettle a room like Tom Hardy. But here’s the thing: We asked Hardy to shave his beard first, so that he would be recognizable. And here’s what he said:
“Don’t get me wrong, there is part of me that wants to win an Oscar and wants to be on the front cover of a magazine and all that kind of stuff, but there’s also a part of me that really doesn’t. I’m not the guy you need—I’m not a role model. Don’t look too deep, because after you scratch the surface you are going to find out that I’m normal and I’ve got skeletons in my closet.
"But my intentions are good, and if you want to talk to me about the work, or if you want to work with me on something, then I hope you find that I’m a reliable team player. But you have to be as open and honest about it as I am, because you will be fucking judged, as I’ve been. But let’s have some fun! Some people will hate you, some people will like you, but then most people are completely indifferent about the fuck of my ideas and why the fuck he’s even being talked to. Who the fuck is this guy with the crooked teeth and the beard? He’s fucking ugly. Nobody buys a magazine with a beard on the front.
"So I ain’t shaving my beard for you. To shave my beard off would be to cut my fucking nuts off. You know what I mean? And give them to you to sell—to prove that I am a man. But without them, I am no longer. You sold them! And I am now a lie. Why would I do that? Oh, I’m a serious actor. Yes, I am. I cut my beard off, how do I look?”
So now is the time to answer his question and ours: When you close the magazine, take a look at the photograph of Tom Hardy on the cover. How does he look? Does he look like a movie star—or simply like a bloke with balls and a beard?
From Esquire, May 2014. Photo by Greg Williams in HQ.
My answer to the last question would be: He looks like Tom Hardy. He’s not like anybody else. :)