Tom Hardy Stands Up For Shia LaBeouf Despite Actor Punching Him On Set

Tom Hardy has no hard feelings toward Shia LaBeouf.

Speaking to Esquire for a profile on LaBeouf, Hardy spoke honestly of the emotional toll acting can take on a person.

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“A performer is asked to do two things,” Hardy said. “To be disciplined and accountable, communicative, and a pleasure to work with. And then, within a split second, they’re asked to be a psychopath. Authentically.”

“It takes a very strong human being to sustain a genuine sense of well-being through that baptism of fire,” he added. “Drama is not known to attract stable types.”

In 2011, Hardy told Den of Geek that LaBeouf had knocked him out on the set of the film “Lawless”.

“He just attacked me,” Hardy said at the time. “He was drinking moonshine.”

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Now, though, Hardy has nothing but praise for the young actor.

“Shia has the ability to land scene after scene that builds a reality from utter fantasy,” Hardy explained. “We know the robots aren’t really there. They just aren’t. When I watch Shia, they are.”

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