Here’s How Tom Hardy Transformed Into Al Capone for ‘Fonzo’

CAPONE CAPONE This is an undated photo of Chicago mobster Al Capone 1 Jan 1900, Sentebale Audi Concert, Hampton Court Palace, London, UK - 11 Jun 2019 Tom Hardy 11 Jun 2019
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Tom Hardy is known for being a chameleon in the industry. His total commitment to method acting and physical transformations for films like The Dark Knight Rises and The Revenant are proof. Hardy’s undergoing a drastic change once again for the upcoming film Fonzo, directed by Josh Trank.

Hardy portrays an older Al Capone, following his life after being released from a decade in prison and dealing with the early stages of dementia. Capone only lived to be 48 years old. And while Hardy is close in age, at 42, he underwent some extensive makeup to portray the notorious gangster.

He also put on a considerable amount of weight—something he’s no stranger to when prepping for a film. He added over 30 pounds of muscle to play Batman villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and also bulked up for films like Venom, Bronson, and Warrior. The transformation this time around wasn’t so much about muscle, but about age and weight to portray an older Capone.

Moreover, Hardy said in an interview with The Playlist that his inspiration behind the voice he used for Capone was based on Bugs Bunny.

Here’s a comparison of how Hardy looks in character, alongside Capone:

AL CAPONE, CHICAGO, USA AL CAPONE Al Capone is photographed at a football game in Chicago on . Everywhere he went, people recognized him. Capone always wore a loud tie, a bent brim fedora hat and camel's hair polo coat and always had an entourage of bodyguards 1 Jan 1931, Tom Hardy as Al Capone in ‘Fonzo’
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Fonzo doesn’t have an official release date yet, but is expected to come out in 2020. Hardy stars alongside Linda Cardellini, Jack Lowden, Matt Dillon, Noel Fisher, Kyle MacLachlan, and Kathrine Narducci.

Hardy also shared a few looks at his transformation on Instagram while working on Fonzo:

 

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♠️🌅🌠😇🔥🇺🇸💵Chasing Fonzo

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Mega awkward character misstep 👀

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With the cast of the film:

 

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Chasing Fonzo ♠️🔥

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Hardy getting his makeup done:

 

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Hardy after wrapping filming:

 

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Wrapped #JamDun 💯🔥♠️

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