Inception is full of familiar faces like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Michael Caine and the one behind the camera, Christopher Nolan. One you might not recognize is Tom Hardy. You’ve seen him in British gangster movies and Star Trek: Nemesis, but he’s front and center in Inception’s ensemble action.
Tom Hardy Enters Inception
“The pleasure was that there wasn’t actually that much [action], to be honest with you,” Hardy said. “I’d just come off a cage fighting film and I’d been pretty badly beaten up. I was a bit broken. I had broken toes and ribs and wrist. It was nice to wear nice suits and have a tan and slippers and cardigans. It wasn’t until the end of the shoot when we went to Calgary that they wrote in a couple of extra skidoo scenes and introduced me to a pair of skis for the first time in my life and then tied me to the back of the skidoo in desperation to get the shot as quickly as possible and expediently sent me up the top of the mountain and then down it several times, giving me claymores and hand grenades and a rifle and I went back to business, which I enjoy thoroughly.”
It’s the multi-layered dream world that allows Hardy to go from one extreme to the other. Audiences may delight in trying to figure out what level of consciousness is which, but it was easy for the actors on set.
“For me, personally, it was easy to orientate which dream sequence I was in because of my costume. If in doubt, I could just look at my shoes and say, ‘Oh! I know which dream I’m in.’”