Tom Hardy Secretly Entered and Won a Martial Arts Tournament
Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy secretly entered a martial arts tournament… and won.
According to The Guardian, the 45-year-old British actor entered the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship – a competition held by Ultimate Martial Arts Championships at Oakgrove school in Milton Keynes.
“Everyone recognised him but he was very humble and was happy to take time out for people to take photographs with him,” said a spokesperson for the event. “It was a real pleasure to have him compete at our event.”
Hardy was spotted at the event wearing a blue gi as he won all his matches and took the tournament by storm, ultimately winning the event.
His certificate was awarded to “Edward Hardy” – his real name.
Of course, this wasn’t the first time the actor, who is also known for the role of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, has turned up at a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition. Back in August, the actor, and blue belt fighter, turned up at the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Wolverhampton.
He won that event, too.
Tom Hardy secretly enters a BJJ tournament and wins the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship in the UK (2022) pic.twitter.com/EQlPP47qJZ
— Fight Pics That Go Hard (@fightpicsgohard) September 21, 2022
“I was shell-shocked,” said one of his opponents, Danny Appleby to Teeside Live. “[Hardy] said, ‘Just forget it’s me and do what you would normally do.’” Appleby said that Hardy is “a really strong guy… You wouldn’t think it with him being a celebrity.”
“I’ve done about six tournaments and I’ve been on the podium in every one,” he added. “But he’s probably the toughest competitor I’ve had – he certainly lived up to his Bane character, that’s for sure.”
Hardy has become known for his rough and ready on-screen personas, starring in Mad Max: Fury Road, Venom, and Peaky Blinder among others.
He even starred as both Kray twins in the 2015 biographical film, Legend.
But in a role that now hits close to home, Hardy starred as MMA Fighter Tommy Riordan Conlon in the 2011 film, Warrior.
“I came back a different man from when I went away to Warrior,” he told IGN at the time. “I picked up an awful lot... the stunt team were incredible, and all the fighters that came in, all the other actors. It was a tremendously, potentially testosterone-fueled set of men, and it was a potentially testosterone-fueled environment that turned out not to be that bad at all. What I thought was going to be very intimidating turned out to be an incredible passage of rites. But it was very gentle, very encouraging.”
Want to read more about Tom Hardy? Check out the latest update on Venom 3 as well as why Tom Hardy might be too old to play the next James Bond.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.
This story originally appeared on: IGN - Author:Ryan Leston