The A.V. Club
Credited as “Thomas Hardy” in his feature film debut with Ridley Scott’s 2001 war drama, Black Hawk Down, Tom Hardy has spent the 14 years since in an upward climb of enormous success, becoming one of the most recognizable stars in Hollywood. Though it’s not far-fetched to assume he’d fulfill the role handily, Hardy’s near-universal acclaim hasn’t come by way of him playing what would be considered the conventional lead character. In fact, the London native’s filmography reads like a checklist of every variety of antihero or reprobate, with the most recent example coming in the form of his character John Fitzgerald in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s epic early-American Western, The Revenant. Despite belonging to Hardy’s ever-growing list of primarily reluctant antagonists, the character is another example of the actor’s ability to manifest believable characteristics rather than simply mimicking traits.