New images of Tom Hardy as Al Capone emerge and the resemblance is uncanny
In the upcoming movie Fonzo, Tom Hardy plays notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone, aka Public Enemy No. 1. But rather than show the ruthless mob boss in his criminal heyday, gunning down foes at the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, the film focuses on the last ten years of his life. After getting busted for tax evasion, Capone was sent to prison in Alcatraz, where he contracted dementia brought on by syphilis, rotting his mind at age 47.
A very sickly Capone spent his final years living at his mansion in Florida, where he spent time with his wife and grandchildren. A Baltimore-based physician said that due to his failing health, he had the mentality of a 12-year-old child. In January 1947, he suffered a stroke, which left him seriously debilitated. He regained consciousness and began to recover, only to contract pneumonia and die of cardiac arrest. According to Fonzo's synopsis, Capone's "past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life."
Previously Tom Hardy radically changed his appearance to play the marble-mouthed mercenary Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and the greedy, double-crossing trapper John Fitzgerald in The Revenant. In order play an aging Al Capone, the actor has transformed his look once again. On Instagram, Fonzo director Josh Trank shared some new behind-the-scenes photos, giving us a glimpse of the sinister character.
In the first photo, Hardy poses on the set with co-stars Jack Lowden and Neal Brennan. The 41-year-old actor wears crimson silk pajamas and expertly applied makeup, while rocking slicked black hair and a receding hairline. And just like Eminem, Hardy's Capone does not smile for the picture.
In the second photo, we see a black-and-white image of Hardy as Capone on the set, just before shooting a scene. Trank wrote "do your taxes," in the caption, a reference to the charge that finally sent the infamous bootlegger to prison. (Also, it is March 11, and taxes are due April 15, just a reminder.)
While speaking to The Daily Beast, Hardy said the transformation was remarkable, but not quite as extreme as the transformation to play Batman villain Bane. ""It’s not the classic Al Capone that you necessarily envision with the silhouette. I don’t want to give too much away about it, but there’s definitely a transformation with that role," he said. "I don’t know if it’s as drastic as Bane. I’ve probably damaged my body too much. I’m only little! If I keep putting on weight I’ll collapse like a house of cards under too much pressure."
The movie also stars Linda Cardellini (Brokeback Mountain, Freaks and Geeks) as Al's wife Mae Capone, as well as Matt Dillon (Crash, Something About Mary) and Kyle McLaughlin (Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet). Fonzo is currently in post-production and no specific release date has been announced, but it expected to hit theaters this year.