‘Peaky Blinders’ Director Explains Tom Hardy’s Surprise Departure Last Season

Tom Hardy’s Jewish gangster Alfie Solomons was a fan-favourite on “Peaky Blinders”, and many were shocked to see him go last season.

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Ahead of season 5, director of the fourth season David Caffrey spoke on the “Obsessed With Peaky Blinders” podcast about having the character Tommy Shelby shoot and kill Alfie.

“That was the thing with the script – that wasn’t in the script. I think we started shooting,” he said. “We had a tiny little window with Tom about. We did the stuff at the beer barrels in Liverpool and then we were about to go to the beach.

“But that [shooting between Alfie and Tommy] hadn’t been written. Steve had just come up with that two days beforehand. We hadn’t recced it, hadn’t looked at it, and so I literally went through a 24 – 36-hour period of we need to organize the tides correct.”

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“So yeah, that particular scene – I think it was Tom and Cillian [Murphy] that sort of worked out the scene, that they fire their guns together and both fall over,” Caffrey added. “So pretty much the bones of the scene that Steve had written was there, but you know, just through production reasons, you kind of have to approach things in a different way.”

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