Tom Hardy secretly wins martial-arts championship in U.Okay.

On display, actor Tom Hardy’s iconic characters have fought the likes of Batman, extraterrestrial monsters and post-apocalyptic warlords.

However over the weekend, in a feat the place life imitated artwork, Hardy entered a real-life struggle of his personal, quietly successful gold at a jiu-jitsu competitors within the U.Okay.

Hardy, 45, competed within the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship on Saturday, a match at Oakgrove College in Milton Keyes, England, Folks reported Tuesday. The “Mad Max: Fury Road” star got here out on prime, defeating all his opponents for his weight, age and belt degree.

Pictures from the occasion present Hardy donning a blue gi, sporting a blue belt, the second grownup rank in jiu-jitsu, which frequently requires lots of of hours of coaching to realize. He could possibly be seen grappling with opponents on the mat, forcing some into submission alongside the way in which.

“The intensity that he brought to his movie roles, he brought that,” mentioned Andy Leatherland, 42, one in every of Hardy’s opponents, in an interview with the Day by day Mail. “He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything.”

Off the mat, nevertheless, the “Venom” star was a “really nice guy,” a spokesperson for the championships advised the Guardian, including that he took time to take images with individuals all through the match.

Hardy started to coach in blended martial arts in preparation for his 2011 movie, “Warrior,” the place he starred alongside Joel Edgerton as estranged brothers who be part of a combating match collectively. Hardy’s coaching included Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a martial artwork and fight sport the place opponents try to submit one another by means of grappling.

Earlier this summer time, Hardy entered one other jiu-jitsu competitors, a charity open championship in Wolverhampton, England, the place Hardy additionally gained gold for his division. Hardy is making ready for his third “Venom” movie inside Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s additionally set to reprise his position as Max Rockatansky in an untitled Mad Max movie, directed by George Miller.

Throughout filming for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” different solid and crew members recalled Hardy taking his depth too far.

Charlize Theron, who co-starred within the movie, mentioned that she felt “threatened” by Hardy, and had requested safety whereas on set, in response to the ebook “Blood, Sweat & Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road” by Kyle Buchanan.

In a single incident, after Hardy repeatedly confirmed up late for a shoot, she known as him out for his conduct, which led to Hardy “charging up to” Theron, with witnesses describing him as “quite aggressive.”

Hardy himself addressed the claims within the ebook: “The pressure on both of us was overwhelming at times. What she needed was a better, perhaps more experienced partner in me. That’s something that can’t be faked. I’d like to think that now that I’m older and uglier, I could rise to that occasion.”