Michael Roskam talking about pitting Tom Hardy and Matthias Schoenaerts against each other in The Drop:
"It was great fun," he said of working with Hardy and Schoenaerts on set. "I have to say that one of my guilty pleasures was sticking those two men in the entrance of a house where these two guys, full of energy, had only have one and a half square meter to work with." He was quick to dispel any perception of spontaneity in the scenes between them, the choreography of which he claims the duo would prepare for and an hour-and-a-half. "I would tell them to keep it natural but they’d just say, ‘Dude, let us work," he laughed. "And then everybody’s like ‘great directing’ but really my job was just not to interfere."
Roskam insisted that he wanted Hardy because of his virile and powerful brand of acting, but also because he detected a “vulnerability, a sweetness” to him. “So there’s this Marlon Brando thing going on,” Roskam said, “but also that little bit of Gary Cooper I was looking for.” (indiewire)
Tom commenting on Matthias:
Hardy thinks Matthias Schoenaerts is one of the top ten actors of his generation. “He has an incredible amount of range and intelligence,” said Hardy. “He’s ****-hot.” (cineplex)
[Hardy] also often indulged in a kind of wild playfulness when Roskam yelled cut, engaging costar Matthias Schoenaerts in what appeared to be a game of unrequited tag on one afternoon and generally getting in touch with his inner child.
“I’m a complete…I joke around because if I don’t let it go, it has a counterintuitive effect on the work,” Hardy said in Toronto. (LA Times)
And Matthias talking about Tom:
MS: We both did our homework and then we met on set and explored each other with the scene while doing it. We weren’t like intellectualizing or analyzing the scene… no, no, no. He’s a badass actor, he does his work and then we meet as actors on set and we play. That’s what we do, we play in the purest sense of the word. And that’s what I like, I like that kind of process where you don’t have to sit down for. (Indiewire)