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With six children, she still manages to visit these kinds of countries, traveling lightly, without much security, taking the same bumpy roads and dodgy planes and going through the same military checkpoints as I do when I report from conflict zones. There is no red carpet in Libya or Sudan. She still packs her own flashlights, notebooks, and waterproof gear. She made Blood and Honey with $13 million and a lot of humility. She approached it the way she does her job for UNHCR, like a student.
"When I go on a field mission, I get multiple briefings, including from the CFR [Council on Foreign Relations]," she said. "And I took a course on international law. So I did the same thing I did with missions. I studied."
For the film, she “read a lot of books about the war. I talked to a lot of people, I watched, I listened. I just wanted to tell the real story.” She repeated what she has said several times: “I wanted to be respectful of people.” If she did not know something, “I asked.” — Possessed By War by Janine di Giovanni in Newsweek, Dec 12, 2011 [x]
Matinee idol, much?
Tom Hardy Is a Huge Fan of Dogs and Proves It 62 Times in This Interview
Tom Hardy’s love of dogs is no secret. We here at Vulture have been following this story closely— very closely. In his new film, The Drop, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and opens in theaters this Friday, Hardy plays Bob, a Brooklyn loner who works as a bartender for his cousin Marv (the late James Gandolfini) and as a money runner for the Chechen gangsters who’ve overtaken Marv’s bar. Bob is a sweet guy — perhaps a little slow, too — whose world gets turned around when he finds an abused pit bull terrier in the trashcan of another loner in his neighborhood, Nadia (Noomi Rapace). I spoke with Hardy and the movie’s director Michaël Roskam (Bullhead) about the actor’s love of dogs, how he went home with a co-star (one of the five dogs that played Rocco, the dog in the film), and how he has a dog tattoo. (He’s so into dogs that he used the word “dog” or “dogs” 62 times during our chat.) Bonus: He took off his shirt so I could see his tattoo. Tom Hardy, you are a gift among actors. Behold.
You had your premiere last night.
Hardy: I apologize if we look a little rough. We all stayed up late and partied here.
How do you think the screening went?
Hardy: I don’t know. It’s hard to tell.
But you got drunk anyway?
Hardy: I don’t drink. Just the e-cigarette. It’s hardly fucking rock ‘n’ roll. But yeah, we went out. I drank loads of sparkling water and sat out till four in the morning watching everybody else get drunk. That’s what I do.
Who’s the most entertaining drunk in the cast?
Hardy: I don’t find drunks entertaining. I find them a liability. I normally have to help them get to cars, like I’m a designated driver. But everyone behaved themselves last night. No one needed helping out [and] there were no fights. Everybody stayed with their clothes on. It was cool.
Roskam: I’m suddenly picturing Matthias [Schoenarts, Roskam’s Bullhead star, who plays a lowlife who claims Rocco is his dog] naked and stumbling around.
Hardy: Like, lap-dancing Bill Murray. “No, no, no! That’s Bill Murray, Matthias!”
Roskam: “Take your balls out of Bill Murray’s face, dude!”
Hardy: Yeah, stop twerking! We crashed Bill Murray’s party last night. Big Bill.
Ah, yes, you were at the premiere party for St. Vincent. Are you and Bill Murray buddies?
Hardy: No [Laughs.] It was an event. He was just there. [BothThe Drop and St. Vincent are Fox Searchlight films,] so we represented, you know.
Roskam: I met Bill in Cannes. I was walking to my hotel and he was walking to his hotel, and we kind of just crossed, and he was like, “Hey.” We were never introduced to each other. We just started talking. “What are you up to?” “I’m waiting for a buddy.” “Where’s your hotel?” “Here.” “Oh, mine too. Wanna have a drink?” “Yeah, sure.”
Hardy: Sounds like Lost in Translation.
Roskham: We just had drinks, and then here was his buddy on the piano. They closed down, and then they opened up a little just for him, and we had some Champagne and the guy was playing the piano, and then Bill and I were on the piano talking about things, and then we left. And we never saw each other again. I just saw him yesterday and I told him the story, and he remembered it.
Did you ever mention what you do for a living?
Hardy: I woulda said I was a bus driver.
Roskam: No, it never came up. If he’d known, he probably would not have invited me.
Hardy: He’d probably never talk to you. It would be like, “Oh, he wants me in a movie.”
Roskam: Funny guy. He’s sweet.
Hardy: What a legend.
I don’t know if you’ve seen this, but Vulture has done a few instructional articles based on photographs of you with dogs. There was the dog from this movie and a bigger golden dog.
Hardy: That’s my dog! Woody! I have two dogs. Wherever I go, I get a dog, pretty much.
You get a new dog?
Hardy: I’m the finder of dogs, you know what I mean. My missus, she’s like, “You’re not allowed to bring another dog back from a job.” But I’ll always find one. On every job we go on, I’ll either find someone’s dog and look after it, or I’ll take my own dog, or I find a dog and we home it. I do find dogs. I brought one back from Brooklyn, actually, from this job. I found a dog there. But that’s it. We have two now at home. Can’t have any more for the moment. And actually, they’re a handful, two. But I love dogs. Like, A LOT. They’re my favorite animal. Ever.
This is Whitney.
She’s a beautiful soul who fills the room with a brightness that cannot be dimmed. She has just graduated college, gotten an amazing job working with chemotherapy for cancer patients, loves driving everywhere just for the hell of it and flies to a new world every chance she gets.
At 18 years old, she was diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid, which turned out to be a tumor that was secreting a dangerous amount of t4, which is a hormone that controls everything from her metabolism to her heartbeat. At the risk of a life-threatening thyroid storm, they removed half of it hoping that they could save the other half.
Unfortunately, the surgery wasn’t a complete success and she lost her thyroid, and multiple more tumors started popping up in places - including her breast.
She needs surgery as soon as possible to have the tumors in her breast removed. They’re growing at a pretty rapid rate, and she’s struggling - although she refuses to show it. She’s the bravest person I’ve ever known.
She has set up a gofundme account to help out with whatever expenses her insurance won’t cover - including MRI’s, radiation, medication, recovery expenses, and travel expenses. She’s had such a horrible time with insurance and medical bills. They keep piling up and it’s keeping her from returning to school and doing what she loves.
So here I am, reaching out for help. Here is the link to her page:
I hope that somehow this reaches someone who can help her. God knows she’s worth it.
Tom and ‘Rocco’ at “The Drop” New York Premiere at Sunshine Cinema on September 8, 2014 in New York City.
(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
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