From the junket interviews, more about Tom Hardy’s idea of men:
Tom Hardy, who plays one of the macho brothers, interjected boisterously to defend his character Forrest as a good man.
“He is a matriarch, a mother, his character is about carefulness, about taking risk. With courage comes great fear. The reward of patience is more patience. That is great. My character is free — pure.”
As for Hardy’s own stance on manliness, suffice to look at his arms and chest. The lively, bearded man was wearing many bands on one arm, and on his khaki T-shirt was written, “Help For Heroes.”“I wear this for men in the military. Each wristband represents a military organization I support: the Marines, an SOS unit, parachutists. I have lots of friends in the military, service men abroad. The reason they are fighting does not matter; what matters are the individual people who are fighting, for whatever cause.”
Hardy continued with gusto, his hand bent behind him on his white plastic chair. “I feel survivor guilt for not being one of the warriors. Although art also comes from a dark place, there is always somebody getting hurt in reality. People are giving body parts and their lives…”
He concluded confidently: “It is time for a man to assume being a man.”
Next to him, Guy Pearce calmly drank a glass of water, silent in his navy blue starched shirt, smiling quietly, with a three day-beard, his sunglasses folded in his lap.
“Am I talking too much?” said Hardy.“Oh no,” said Pearce. “I have nothing to say.”
A few quotes from Tom Hardy & Nick Cave about Lawless:
What do you get when you cross a western film with a gangster film?
“A wangster. It doesn’t sound good. You’re a wangster, not a real gangster,” said actor Tom Hardy of the genre nickname suggested for his latest film, Lawless.
“Let’s not use that term,” agreed Australian co-star Guy Pearce.
But while the moniker may irritate those in front of the camera, Lawless screen writer and composer Nick Cave was the one to offer the abbreviation.
“It’s a great name. If it’s half western film and half gangster film, it’s a wangster film,” said the forthright Australian singer.
Based on a true story of the infamous three Bondurant brothers in prohibition-era Virginia, Lawless has made its competition premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
For Hardy, who plays likeable hardman Forrest Bondurant, the film’s genre is not the only mixed feature of Lawless.
As the middle sibling and leader of the trio, Forrest falls short of the gangster stereotype.
“He doesn’t drink, he’s a teetotaller, obsessive-compulsive, super-fastidious … very feminine. He’s a matriarch figure,” Hardy told AAP of Forrest.
“Everything is counter-macho. Although the exterior is still bearded, cigar, knuckle dusters, the entire interior landscape is different.”
A violent film, not for the squeamish, Lawless boasts a range of Australian talent, including director John Hillcoat, Cave, Pearce, Jason Clarke and Mia Wasikowska.
Asked what reaction he has received since the film’s premiere, Hillcoat answered: “It’s very volatile at the moment; it could have gone both ways. I’m sure we’ll get kicked in the teeth soon.”
Cave was more optimistic, and in reference to the coveted prize for which Lawless is competing, the Palme d’Or, said: “It’s in the bag.”
There are no happy endings.
Endings are the saddest part.
So just give me a happy middle
And a very happy start.