Now playing in theaters is director Michaël R. Roskam’s (Bullhead) The Drop. In the film Tom Hardy plays Bob, a former criminal and current bartender working at a bar that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters. The story kicks into gear when Hardy’s character rescues a pit bull puppy only to become the target of the dog’s abusive and mentally unstable former owner. At the same time, Bob and his cousin/employer Marv (played by James Gandolfini) find themselves in the crosshairs of an investigation and the criminal underworld. Mystic River and Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane penned the screenplay. The impressive cast also includes Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, Ann Dowd, and James Frecheville.
Last week at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview withTom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. They talked about why they wanted to play these characters, how they like to prepare for roles and how that preparation has changed, making sure to take risks while filming and discovering things on the day, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
And click here to watch my video interview with director Michaël R. Roskam.
Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace:
- What was it about these characters that made them want to do the film?
- How do they like to prepare for a role and how has it changed?
- How previous conversations about another project or research on a different role can help inform the character you’re about to play.
- Discovering things on the day and making sure to take risks.