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Michael Stuhlbarg

Tom Hardy's characters frighten him too — but he can't stay away

Tom Hardy's characters frighten him too — but he can't stay away

There are two very different Tom Hardys.

There is the Hardy moviegoers have gotten to know onscreen, an actor with a brooding intensity and a special flair for playing hard, sometimes vicious men in films like "Bronson," "Warrior," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Mad Max: Fury Road." Then there is the offscreen Hardy, a sensitive softy who loves dogs and giving out hugs and who, speaking by phone from his home in London on a recent afternoon, talked excitedly about the imminent prospect of becoming a dad for the second time: "I'm waiting on a baby to land. It could be any minute!"

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