Reluctant Hardy poses for ‘Warrior’ book
In a new book, British actor Tom Hardy (“Inception”) describes photographers as “charlatans.” No fan of photo shoots, he writes, “The whole ordeal makes me want to puke.”
So how did photographer Tim Palen wrangle Hardy into posing for pictures and writing the preface for his hardcover photo essay “The Men of Warrior”?
During production on the martial arts drama “Warrior,” which opens Sept. 9, Palen flew to Pittsburgh and staged a 16-hour photo session inside the stadium where fight scenes were being filmed.
Palen recalls, “I could tell the minute I met Tom that he didn’t want to do this, so I told him that I wasn’t interested in taking his picture; I was interested in photographing his character. For most actors, that’s a huge relief because then they don’t have to worry about being personable or engaging. It’s a tactic you use for people who aren’t comfortable in front of the camera being photographed as themselves.”
Palen doubles as chief marketing officer for Lionsgate Films. He initially photographed cast members to stockpile images for “Warrior’s” advertising campaign. When a poster manufacturer offered to publish a book featuring his pictures, Palen agreed.
16 hour photo session! No wonder Tommy hates them. I would still like to know how Tom ended up writing the hilarious forward….