Tom Hardy Will Play Al Capone In The Upcoming Movie 'Fonzo,' Making Him A Crime Bio Extraordinaire
If you ask me, Tom Hardy can do absolutely no wrong — even when he's portraying a character who can't do anything right. And for his next role, Hardy will be portraying one of these morally questionable characters by playing one of America's most notorious gangsters. Deadline is reporting that Hardy will be starring as Al Capone in the upcoming movie Fonzo, which will focus on the final days of the ruthless businessman and bootlegger. And it's an absolutely perfect role for Hardy, who seems to thrive upon playing complex characters with a nefarious story to tell.
It's worth remembering, after all, that Hardy received his big break by starring in the critically acclaimed movie Bronson . It was based on the true story of the notorious British prisoner Michael Peterson (aka Charles Bronson) and his brutal exploits of savagery, which garnered him the title as the most dangerous prisoner in Britain.
Throughout the film, Hardy's prowess for storytelling and nuanced character development was obvious, along with an authentic dedication to the subject matter. In 2015, Hardy also starred in the crime thriller Legend , in which he portrayed both Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious gangsters in British history.
Throughout his roles as Bronson and the Krays, Hardy demonstrated an enigmatic appeal. He was able to reveal the toxic combination of utterly endearing charms and unpredictable, terrifying aggression at the heart of such gangsters' power over a criminal underworld.
And it's exactly these qualities which will likely make Hardy such a terrific choice to portray Capone. Like the Krays and Bronson, Capone's story is a complex one which demands an actor who can truly bring the depth of the character of the life. Capone is well-known for ruling Chicago with an iron fist during the days of prohibition, until he was famously stopped by Eliott Ness. Following almost a decade of incarceration for his crimes, Capone then suffered from dementia and was forced to face the brutality of his past within the present of his final years.
It's a role which unquestionably demands an actor of great depth and talent, and from what fans have seen of Hardy so far, he's definitely got the skills necessary for it. And I can't wait to see what he brings to the role.