Tom Hardy uses TV show 'Come Dine with Me' to steal personality traits to put into his characters.
Tom Hardy gets into character by watching 'Come Dine with Me'.
The 'Dark Knight Rises' star is a huge fan of the reality show where guests who don't know each other go for dinner round their respective houses, and admits his 'Lawless' character Forrest Bondurant - who is a bare-knuckle boxing bootlegger described as a charismatic man - is inspired by the series.
He said: ''How do I get into character? I watch 'Come Dine with Me'. I really do like 'Come Dine with Me'!
''It's great people watching. I'll steal characters from 'Come Dine with Me'. Because they're real people. I take something from everybody.''
He added to Total Film magazine: ''Forrest is a matriarch, he's a mother. I don't think it's being macho. I don't think that's what masculinity is.''
Tom recently admitted he is fascinated by the female side of his 'Lawless' alter-ego.
He said: ''He's a specific type of man. What interested me was the female role in this guy. And what the nature of violence is to men. Non-egotistical violence, non-macho violence. Violence from within the cardigan.''