* ApprovalOfGod: Creator/HughJackman has stated Hardy to be his choice to take over the part of Wolverine, which probably won't happen now that he's playing ComicBook/{{Venom}}.
* CareerResurrection: He's been a hot property again since ''Film/{{Inception}}''.
** And then he got ''huge'' after his acclaimed performances in movies such as ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' and ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''.
* DyeingForYourArt: Hardy got ''[[TheBrute enormous]]'' for ''Film/{{Bronson}}'', then used that experience to land other muscle-bound roles in ''Film/{{Warrior}}'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
** He actually had to bulk up for ''Bronson'' twice. The first time he gained the weight, production was delayed and he had to lose all of it (and then some) for his role as a drug addict in ''Stuart: A Life Backwards''. After that film was completed, he put all of his Bronson weight back on in just five weeks.
** Also has a tendency to have his head shaved for films such as ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', ''Film/{{Bronson}}'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
* MethodActing: He prepared for the role of psychopathic hyper-violent criminal and serial hostage-taker by visiting him in his cell and befriending him. He also told Bronson his [[http://www.imdb.com/news/ni0709435/ mustache looked gay]].
* OldShame: You're unlikely to hear him discussing ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' any time soon. With good reason, sadly -- the failure of that film, coupled with fan ire against him for things that weren't really his fault, drove him to drink and to the brink of suicide, since what was to be his big break became a near StarDerailingRole.
** He's on record stating that filming ''Film/ThisMeansWar'' was a miserable experience for him, and that he has no plans to ever star in another romantic comedy.
* PromotedFanboy: Was a huge Batman fan growing up and stated he had trouble doing fight scenes as it felt like he was beating up his childhood hero. He has also worked three times with Creator/GaryOldman, whom he considers his hero and his main inspiration for becoming an actor.
* RomanceOnTheSet: Met his wife Charlotte Riley on the set of ''Literature/WutheringHeights'', although they didn't actually start dating until about two years later.
* StarMakingRole: Eames in ''Film/{{Inception}}''.