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It’s been well documented just how tortuous the shoot for The Revenant was. It went on for months longer than it should have, involved trekking around the globe to find snow, while plenty of members of the cast and crew have spoken at length about how treacherous the working conditions on the film were. Because of its elongated shooting schedule Tom Hardy was forced to drop out of Suicide Squad, in which he’d been cast as Rick Flag. And the English actor has now admitted, several months after leaving Suicide Squad, that he’s still pissed about losing the part.
When asked by Variety for his reaction to leaving Suicide Squad because of his extended shoot on The Revenant, Tom Hardy didn’t mince his words. Instead, he admitted that he reminded everyone on the set of The Revenant on a daily basis that he was losing money due to the chaos.
Ah well, at least some good came out of it. When it was originally announced that Tom Hardy had left Suicide Squad the rumor mill soon went to work on the specific reason why. It was speculated that Hardy had an issue with writer and director David Ayer’s script, while it was also teased that his role had been reduced.
But, back in May, while the relentless Tom Hardy was discussing Mad Max: Fury Road, he gave the real lowdown on why he’d been forced to drop out, insisting that it was all down to the scheduling conflict and that it had nothing to do with Suicide Squad's content.
Tom Hardy explained to Collider that he missed out on Suicide Squad because the director shot in Calgary too much, and the cast and crew needed to go back to Patagonia or Alaska to keep shooting The Revenant. Obviously, that film came out beautifully, so it was worth the extra effort.
Tom Hardy is currently doing the rounds to promote The Revenant in which he plays the antagonist John Fitzgerald opposite Leonardo DiCaprio’s Hugh Glass. And, even though Hardy is gaining just as many plaudits as DiCaprio for his performance in the film, he can’t help but hold a grudge against it, since he did lose out on a fantastic part in a much buzzed about film.
But, to prove that there were no hard feelings, Tom Hardy went out of his way to praise David Ayer’s script for Suicide Squad, as well as the film’s cavalcade of villains, and he even called Warner Bros. his "home studio." What a sweetie. You can see Hardy in The Revenant on Christmas Day, while the Hardy-less Suicide Squad will follow on August 6, 2016.