You know what sucks about THE DARK KNIGHT RISES? I'll say it flat out. We have an amazing actor in Tom Hardy; he's intense, has a great emotional range, and a real physical presence onscreen. And TDKR has this terrific actor with a mask on, blocking off the audience from almost all of his emotions. Now, Hardy can put it in the eyes, and for TDKR that may well be enough; I haven't seen it. It's just an issue I have with the footage I've seen so far.
Now in John Hillcoat's LAWLESS? We get Tom Hardy in all his glory, and I am seriously stoked to see him face off with other greats like Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman. For now, though, we have these two clips - one where Hardy and Pearce size each other up:
And in the other, Hardy lays down a little brotherly advice to Shia LeBeouf:
LAWLESS opens this August. Lock and load.