Watch: Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton step in the ring for a conversation on 'Warrior'
The battling stars of this weekend's fight drama sit down to talk about their work
When "Warrior" opens this coming weekend, I have a feeling it's going to find an audience. Lionsgate knows what they have, and they've been smart about how they've promoted the film. Doing a paid sneak the weekend before is a confident move, and it shows that they know that word of mouth is the best friend they've got on this film.
I have seen some serious pushback from some critics because they can't get past the contrivance of the film, and I understand that. Yes, it is is a very contrived situation. Yes, it takes a lot of heavy lifting to build to a point where you have two brothers fighting for the $5 million prize money in this MMA tournament. Yes, the film is unabashedly trying to tug the heartstrings.
Yet, as I said in my review, that doesn't matter to me in this movie. I grant them all of that happily because the film gets it right emotionally, and much of that comes down to Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy and the way they orbit around the great wounded animal played by Nick Nolte.
Sitting down with Edgerton and Hardy, I found that some of the dynamic you see them play onscreen was still playing out offscreen as well. Hardy is a tough man to get talking, but once he does speak, he's got smart things to say about his work. Edgerton, on the other hand, seems like a very balanced, level-headed guy who is poised to take over Hollywood along with his fiendishly gifted filmmaker brother Nash Edgerton. Don't believe me? Go find "Spider" and "The Square," both directed by Nash, both on Netflix Instant, and you'll see what I mean.
It was nice to talk to the two of them together, because I got to see how that chemistry, so tightly wound in the film, plays out between the two of them in a room. I hope you dig the interview, and I seriously hope you check out the film this coming weekend. It's an unapologetic feel-good sports movie built on the back of a feel-bad family drama.
"Warrior" opens everywhere on Friday.
News From Our Partners
- Listen to Selena Gomez's 'Come & Get It' Remixes Katy Perry vs. Rita Ora vs. Beyonce vs. Kesha vs. Demi Lovato – Who Wore It Best? Chris Brown Launches New 'Channel' Website, Gets More Personal Than Ever
- The Telefile - Modern Family: The Best Lines of the Night The Telefile - Fall TV 2013: What's On When The Telefile - TNT & TBS Upfront 2013: Reaping What Other Networks Sowed
- Critics Consensus: Star Trek Into Darkness is Certified Fresh Red Carpet Roundup: Star Trek Into Darkness Edition Video Interviews with Katie Aselton & Lake Bell of Black Rock
- What to Watch Tonight: The Office's Big Farewell and the Season Finales of TVD, Elementary, and Five More Supernatural Season 8 Finale Review: It's Raining Angels Watch an Extended Trailer for CBS's Under the Dome (VIDEO)
- Cannes Film Festival: Cannes 2013, Day One: Sofia Coppola offers the first misfire of the festival Hear This: A song with a long title succinctly encapsulates ’90s power-pop Watch This: Laura Palmer lives—however briefly—in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
- Ilana Rapp: Actor Richard Harmon From Bates Motel and Continuum Talks about SpongeBob Squarepants and Yoga 'The Last Classic TV Comedy'? 'Biggest Loser' Host: 'I've Never Seen Jillian Eat A Cupcake'
- 'Pacific Rim' Trailer Surfaces: Watch Now! 'Star Trek Into Darkness': The Reviews Are In! Emma Watson In 'The Bling Ring': The Early Reviews Are In!
- 'Zombieland' TV Series: Amazon Passes on the Pilot 'How I Met Your Mother' Final Season Spoilers: Producers Explain Time-Turning Format Change 'The Hangover Part 3′ Red-Band NSFW Trailer: It's Time to End the Trilogy
Plus we look back at a more spirited encounter with the comic actorThursday, May 16, 2013
The Channing Tatum/Mila Kunis science-fiction action movie is shooting nowThursday, May 16, 2013
Hollywood's busiest alien spends a little more time with StarfleetThursday, May 16, 2013
David Twohy's latest looks lean and meanWednesday, May 15, 2013