How Dogs Help Actor Tom Hardy Improve His Craft

“There’s a lot about a dog that we can learn from.”

Well, obviously. But when it comes from actor Tom Hardy, the words have a whole new meaning.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, the actor told the publication how having a dog around helps him brush up on his acting.

“I do think there’s a lot about a dog that we can learn from,” Hardy says. “And I do put the dog into a lot of my characters because a dog, if you watch them, they’re so funny to watch. They speak with their eyes and their body, and I find that fascinating to observe.”

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Not only do pups help him with nonverbal cues but also him determine if his acting is believable.

“[A]nother thing about the dog is you can never fool the dog into thinking that you’re somebody else, so they’re great bullshit monitors—especially for actors,” Hardy told the outlet. “So if you think you can transform, just try and pull off your transformation in front of your dog and I guarantee he’ll see right through your greatest transformation, which is quite humbling.” Which is why Hardy practices in front of pooches. “I rehearse in front of them, yeah. But it’s very soul-destroying. They’re very harsh critics, dogs. And they’re very rarely impressed.”

Hardy just finished a movie alongside a dog called The Drop, brought his own pup to the gangster movie Legend premiere and is looking to bring more dogs to the big screen, including in a rumored Mad Max: Fury Road sequel. “I keep calling up Warner Bros. and saying, ‘Are we green-lit? Are we good? I want to get me leathers back on!’ And I want a dog. Mad Max has got to have a dog!”

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H/T The Daily Beast

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