1. From bald to beard, Tom Hardy is an expert in manly makeovers.
Tom Hardy might be a muscular hunk today, but that wasn’t always the case. Born and raised in London, Hardy started his career as a model. He looked like one too — in other words, tall, thin, and largely lacking muscle. While Hardy still acted in those earlier days, he didn’t play the macho, action-oriented characters he does today. Some might say he was “skinny fat,” and Hardy himself even admits to having been a skinny, non-athletic youngster.
No one would guess Hardy was anything but a huge manly man today. Things in the muscle department changed for Hardy around 2010 when he performed as a mixed martial arts fighter in the film Warrior, for which he had to put on over 20 pounds of muscle. Since then, Hardy has become known for his dramatic body transformations for roles, particularly for Bane in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises and Charles Bronson in Bronson. For the latter part, Hardy claims to have put on seven pounds a week without taking steroids. It is a feat he attributes to eating large, daily portions of chicken and rice. His extreme and successful physical transformations have accentuated Hardy’s already-impressive acting skills.