Tom Hardy Is Well Aware of His Place in Hollywood — Fans Won’t See Him Playing ‘a Single Dad . . . Trying to Find a Partner on’

Tom Hardy’s acting resume is filled with complex characters and projects that range from gritty dramas to romantic comedies. After more than two decades in Hollywood, the 44-year-old says that he is well aware of his place in Hollywood. And he admits that fans probably won’t ever see him in certain kinds of roles.

Tom Hardy attends the UK Premiere of "Legend" at Odeon Leicester Square on September 3, 2015 in London, England
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Will Tom Hardy be the next James Bond?

Ever since it was revealed that No Time To Die would be Daniel Craig’s last turn as James Bond, Hardy’s name has been at the top of the list of his possible replacements. But the Brit won’t talk about the possibility of playing 007 because he doesn’t want to hurt his chances.

“You know, there’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, and in the fellowship of my peer group, that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race. So I can’t possibly comment on that one! If I mention it, it’s gone,” Hardy said, per Express.

For two years, betting houses in the UK had Hardy as the odds-on favorite to win the coveted role. But recently, he fell to third on the list with 8/1 odds behind Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page and The Witcher star Henry Cavill.

The ‘Venom’ star is well aware of his place in Hollywood

As the star of numerous dramatic films in the action and spy genre, Hardy as 007 would make perfect sense. And after playing a villain in The Dark Knight Rises and an anti-hero in Mad Max: Fury Road, many fans would love to see him in a heroic leading role like James Bond.

But Hardy is drawn to parts that allow him to explore darkness because he finds classic heroes to be suspicious.

“If somebody presents themselves as the pillar and bastion of nobility and pure sanctimonious proper rightness, I’m pretty sure that it’s about as honest as rocking horse s**t,” he told Vanity Fair. “A great mask belies, probably, even darker, more insidious stuff in my experience.”

He also knows that some roles wouldn’t make sense for him. Hardy is well aware of his place in Hollywood, and he says there are certain films and roles he would never do. Like playing“a single dad . . . trying to find a partner on” or a “chisel-jawed guy in a rubber suit wielding a mighty electric stick at some flying goblin.”

Tom Hardy will be back for ‘Venom 3’

One role that Hardy will for sure take on again is Eddie Brock. Despite the first two Venom films being slammed by critics, they were decent box office draws.  And, it looks like Sony might be in the process of gathering their own Sinister Six, with Venom being in the same universe as Morbius and Michael Keaton’s Vulture.

As a result, Hardy will be back again for Venom 3 after being briefly zapped into the Marvel Cinematic Universe during a mid-credits scene in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

The news was announced during the Sony Pictures panel at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Hardy is attached to the project as the star. However, a director and screenwriter have yet to be confirmed.

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