Tom Hardy on playing the ‘beautiful role’ of Ivan Locke -
“This is a beautiful role: there is drama, but little action. It gave me the opportunity to deepen the character [of Ivan Locke] from a psychological point of view and to infuse integrity and humanity.
Acting in this film was like being in a radio drama: the story is told from the point of view of the protagonist, but it is also defined by confrontations with the other characters, who we only hear as voices. I concentrated on the characterization of Ivan Locke. I grew a beard and I softened the voice. I like this character, so humble and sober.
This is a very different role from the kind of characters you see in superhero movies. The difference is there because that is a type of cinema made with the purpose of generating money.
Personally, I believe there is a need for higher quality movies. Addressing roles of this type is challenging. For Locke, I prepared myself by reciting the script with some friends for a week, as you’d do in the theater.”
Steven Knight on Tom’s extraordinary performance -
"The film is entirely based on Tom’s extraordinary performance. The central point of the film is to describe the importance and the need to take responsibility for one’s own choices.
Tom has been able to give the rightful humanity to a man who tries to be better than his own father. In the film, even things that may seem trivial become central. This was the biggest challenge: to make interesting things that appear ordinary. Perhaps at first glance these events seem of little importance, but for the people who live them, they are true tragedies.
Tom has managed to delineate the character beautifully and made [Ivan Locke] human in such a way as to allow the audience to identify themselves in him.”
*Translated from Italian, so any errors are Google’s and mine.