Tom Hardy is going deep for director Josh Trank's Al Capone biopic, "Fonzo."
Last month, just before the start of filming in New Orleans, Hardy shared a set photo from wardrobe -- but that did not prepare us for the transformation ahead.
Hardy returned to Instagram with a few new shots from "Fonzo," and .... wow.
First of all, here's what the movie is about:
"Al 'Fonzo' Capone ruled Chicago with an iron fist during the Prohibition Era and was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore before being famously taken down by Eliot Ness.
The film centers on his final days. At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia sets in and Capone's past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life."
Here are some of Hardy's new shots:
Damn. Intensity -- check. Commitment -- check. This could be interesting.
Last year, Hardy talked to The Daily Beast about his upcoming transformation for "Fonzo":
Is the Al Capone film Fonzo actually happening, with you playing Capone?
Yeah. It's not Cicero, the one I'd initially signed on to do. This is a completely different piece that I'm very excited by with Josh Trank set to direct. He's written something that's quite out of left-field and like nothing I've read before. I've spent quite a lot of time with Josh and he's passionate and effusive about it, and I'm excited to get on with that. It's not Al Capone as I expected him, which is what I really loved about it. When taking on an icon, you're always looking for something inventive and compelling and has a new angle, and I think Josh has found that.
Are you going to have to pack on the pounds and prosthetics?
Well, Al Capone was forty-something when he passed away, so he wasn't that far off my age anyway. And he'd lost a lot of weight before he passed because he was suffering from Syphilis and deteriorating. It's not the classic Al Capone that you necessarily envision with the silhouette. I don't want to give too much away about it, but there's definitely a transformation with that role. I don't know if it's as drastic as Bane. I've probably damaged my body too much. I'm only little! If I keep putting on weight I'll collapse like a house of cards under too much pressure
"Fonzo" also stars Linda Cardellini as Capone's long-suffering wife Mae; Matt Dillon as his closest friend Johnny; Kyle MacLachlan as his doctor Karlock; Katherine Narducci as Rosie, one of his sisters; Jack Lowden as FBI agent Crawford; Noel Fisher as Capone's son Junior; and Tilda Del Toro as Mona Lisa, a mysterious lover from Capone's past.
"Fonzo" has yet to announce a theatrical release date.
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