Monday confirmed a story that might cement Tom Hardy’s status as a person you don’t want to meet in a dark alley — or a brightly lit one. While his acting is intense and he’s been contentious with some of his interviews, it seems that he’s just as intense in reality and doesn’t stand for thieves. Police in Richmond, south-west London said Hardy helped to stop and apprehend a pair of young men who had reportedly stolen a motorbike on Sunday according to Vanity Fair. The witnesses on the scene and the police all seem to agree, “He looked as mad as he does on telly.”
The two suspected thieves were 16 years old and crashed the bike into a car, apparently earning the attention of Hardy according to The Independent and The Sun:
The Hollywood star looked like he “switched into superhero mode” as he collared the man before checking him for weapons after the chase near his home in Richmond, south west London, an onlooker told The Sun.
According to the newspaper, Hardy explained “I caught the c***t” shortly after finding the man.
The BBC quotes witness Arun Pullen in their take on the events, providing a clearer picture of how things went down:
“Tom must have been walking down the road.
“He went off like a shot in pursuit and looked furious.
“I asked Tom what happened and he told me he chased him through my back garden and caught him around the block – but the route was like an assault course.”
Tom Hardy just mad about thieves. Hates it. Either that or he just went into some berserker rage and needed to cut loose, choosing the two suspects out of pure dumb luck before throwing their bike into a tree. Vanity Fair adds a bit more to Pullen’s account of the events:
“It was mental,” Pullen said, “like he’d switched to superhero mode in an action movie. Two boys on the nicked moped had jumped a red light and smashed into a car.”
“Tom Hardy’s clearly not a man you’d mess with,” Pullen continued. “I think he even checked the kid’s ID before cops took over . . . If the kid had been dumb enough to resist I reckon Tom would have given him a good hiding.”
This should serve as a lesson to people all around the world and especially those in London. Don’t mess with Tom Hardy. If you run into him at a bake shop or dog groomer, just keep walking and hope he doesn’t read your evil thoughts. He could possibly go Mad Max on you.