Tom Hardy was so “phenomenal” in his audition for Scenes of a Sexual Nature that it lasted half a minute, according to the film’s director Ed Blum.
In a new interview with NME, to mark the film arriving on Amazon Prime on 30 October, Blum recalled: “I think within 30 to 40 seconds I just went, ‘Wow. One, he’s got the part and two, the casting director is right – he’s going to be a superstar.’”
Blum continued: “He was just absolutely phenomenal in the audition. He made really brave decisions, really intelligent decisions and it was a no-brainer.”
The director added that Hardy had “really done his homework” and “had created a character in his mind”.
He said: “Like all great actors, he’d had really given the character a lot more flesh even in the audition – just the little nuances, the vulnerabilities, the cheekiness – and all of a sudden the character came alive. He was also very affable and quite vulnerable. He just nailed it… He took me to a different place.”
Scenes of a Sexual Nature received mixed reviews from critics upon its release 14 years ago. It has a 40 per cent rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
One critic wrote: “A very respectable ensemble cast of British actors goes completely wasted in Ed Blum's Scenes of a Sexual Nature thanks to an inane script and banal dialogue.”
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