Nick Cave was forced to re-write Tom Hardy's role in new movie Lawless when the actor arrived on set three stone (42 pounds) too heavy for the part.
Rocker Cave took time out from his work as a singer/songwriter to adapt the screenplay for the Prohibition-era crime drama, and he penned Hardy's character Forrest Bondurant as lithe and "snake-like".
But when the British actor turned up for his first day on the shoot, Cave realised a rapid re-write was needed - as Hardy had piled on the pounds in preparation for another role, in Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises.
Cave tells Uncut magazine, "He was everything we didn't expect. When he arrived, he was three stone heavier than he was supposed to be - I think he had Batman next. I'd written this... snake-like character, and all the description was like, 'He looks... snake-like' and 'He moves, like a snake...'. There was a song called The Snake Song. And he wound up like a f**king bullock. We were like, weren't you supposed to be a snake? Now it's, 'He walks... bullock-like.'"