Tom Hardy has been spotted in and around Cardiff over the last week as he films a new movie which will release on Netflix.
During his down time off set, he has been seen shopping in M&S, enjoying Barry Island and was even stopped by police for a photograph.
Titled Havoc, his new film will tell the story of a drug deal gone wrong and a detective who has to save the estranged son of a politician.
Unfortunately his latest starring role doesn’t feature a dog co-star like one of his previous roles.
The actor has a CBE for services to drama and has a lifelong love of animals.
TeamDogs has taken a look at just how much Tom Hardy has shown his affection for all kinds of pups over the years.
The now 43-year-old was given his first dog back when he was 17. A Staffie-Labrador crossbreed called Mad Max, who he used to take to drama school.
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That dog passed away in 2011, just a few years before Hardy landed the titular role in Mad Max Fury Road.
In September 2011, he told Irish Central he wanted to put Mad Max’s cremated ashes in his pillow.
Hardy is an ambassador for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, for which he fundraises, helps to rehome animals, and even occasionally babysits dogs.
In an interview with ScreenCrave in February 2012, Tom said, “I don’t have any friends. A dog couldn’t do anything to upset me.”
While Hardy was shooting Lawless, he nearly ran over an 11-week-old stray. After seeing it run towards traffic near a freeway in Atlanta, the actor whistled as loud as it could.
The dog stopped straight away and immediately sprinted back towards Hardy, who was concerned he may be bitten.
However, the puppy was happy to have found a new friend, fell asleep on his shoulder as they both got back into Hardy’s car, named him Woodstock and returned home.
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They became inseparable so much so that in 2015, he even attended the premiere for Legend with Woodstock by his side.
Woodstock died in 2017, and Hardy tweeted an emotional tribute to him, saying:
“He was an angel. And he was my best friend. We went through so much together.
“He has been on many sets. Met many crews. Photoshoots, premieres, made many friends and was #73 most influential animal in TIME magazine. He beat Jaws. Something we all thought was brilliant.
“He was in Peaky Blinkers. Legend everyone who met him loved him. He didn’t have a bad bone in his body. All he knew was love.”
Tom Hardy and Woodstock attend the UK Premiere of Legend
In June 2014, he told Glamour he puts his favourite TV show on for the dogs when he’s out, so they feel as if they are not alone.
He said, “I’m into Come Dine with Me at home, religiously. I’m an absolute fanatic. I put it on for the dogs as well when I go out. They’ve got to feel that someone’s in the house.”
In an interview with Vulture in September 2014, he said the word “dog” 62 times, calling them “angels” and talked about how he takes his dogs to bars.
He even said when he was filming The Drop , he took the acting dogs home for a “cuddle”.
He said, “He was a buddy. They all were. And T was the first one we had, then he started to grow, then he started to get bigger, so J came in, and they had two different personalities —all dogs have different personalities.”
In the same interview, Tom talked about how he often helps to rehome rescue dogs.
He said, “I’ve got friends who work in places, ex-police handlers and people who’ve got quarantines or kennels, and they say, ‘We’ve got two dogs that came in. Can [you] find a home for them?’”
He now has a French bulldog called Blu.
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