Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke
Knight never had anyone else in mind for the role of Ivan Locke than Tom
his finely calibrated performance has rewarded that belief.
"Tom is one of those people who, as soon as they are on screen, all eyes are
Knight says. "People want to see inside his head. He is so brilliant at the
of a reaction, the complexity of an emotion. He keeps it in when it is necessary
lets it go when necessary. He knows when it's right and he knows when it's
Hardy's resume is crammed with rich, picturesque characters for which he has
won much acclaim. He was a homeless alcoholic in Stuart: A Life Backwards,
frighteningly believable as a violent psychopath in Bronson, and menacing as the
villain in The Dark Knight Rises, to name merely three. Ivan Locke is his first
'straight' performance. There are no elaborate costumes, no tics, and there is
"He's not a monster or a demon, just an ordinary bloke," says Knight. "The
makes him more ordinary still as he didn't want to be too pretty."
It was Hardy's idea to give Ivan a Welsh accent. "The Welsh accent is very
says Knight. "It's perfect for Ivan. It doesn't have the swagger of a lot of
Knight's intention to shoot the entire film each night was attractive to
method is very actor-friendly, they love it," Knight says. "As an actor, you
length of time to get into your character. Normally when you're filming it's a
here, a line there, it's difficult. This way really gives everyone a chance to
get into it."
LOCKE's short, sharp shooting schedule has also helped. "It's not taking eight
of your life," says Knight. "It's going in, doing it, getting it done and
When people see the light at the end of the tunnel they give everything in that
burst so you get fantastic performances."
For editor Justine Wright, tasked with watching hours of footage of his face,
performance is stunning. "All the different Ivans he gave us are interesting and
different," she explains. "When you watch a performance over and over again, you
can become bored of it, but I haven't. It's constantly surprising. You see all
little subtleties. He's very,very,very good."
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