On screen, actor Tom Hardy’s iconic characters have battled Batman, alien monsters and post-apocalyptic warlords.
But over the weekend, in a feat where life imitated art, Hardy engaged in a real-life fight and quietly won gold at a UK jiu-jitsu competition.
Hardy, 45, competed in the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championships on Saturday, a tournament at the Oakgrove School in Milton KeyesUK, people reports Tuesday. The “Mad Max: Fury Road” star came out on top, defeating all of his opponents based on his weight, age and belt level.
Photos from the event show Hardy wearing a blue gi and a blue belt, the second adult rank in jiu-jitsu, often requiring hundreds of hours of training to achieve. He could be seen grappling with opponents on the mat, forcing some to submit along the way.
“The intensity that he brought to his film roles, he brought it,” said Andy Leatherland, 42, one of Hardy’s opponents, in an interview with the daily mail. “He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything.”
Off the canvas, however, the “Venom” star was a “really nice guy,” a championships spokesman said. the Guardiansand added that he took the time to take photos with people throughout the tournament.
Hardy began training in mixed martial arts in preparation for his 2011 film “Warrior,” where he starred opposite Joel Edgerton as estranged brothers who join a fighting tournament. Hardy’s training included Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a martial art and combat sport in which opponents attempt to submit to each other through grappling.
Earlier this summer, Hardy participated in another jiu-jitsu competition, a charity open championship in Wolverhampton, England, where Hardy also won gold in his division. Hardy is preparing for his third “Venom” film within Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is also set to reprise his role as Max Rockatansky in an untitled Mad Max movie directed by George Miller.
During the filming of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” other cast and crew members recalled that Hardy took his intensity too far.
Charlize Theron, who co-starred in the film, said she felt “threatened” by Hardy and had requested protection while on set, according to the book “Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury.” Path” by Kyle Buchanan.
In one incident, after Hardy was repeatedly late for a photo shoot, she called him out on his behavior, prompting Hardy to “accuse” Theron, with witnesses describing him as “pretty aggressive.”
Hardy himself addressed the claims in the book: “The pressure on both of us was overwhelming at times. What she needed was a better partner, perhaps more experienced in me. That is something that cannot be faked. I’d like to think that now that I’m older and uglier, I could rise to that occasion.”