Two powerhouse actors, Austin Butler and Tom Hardy, come together to create a storm of intensity and emotion in the upcoming movie, ‘The Bikeriders.’ It’s not just the roar of engines and the smell of grease that sets this film apart; it’s the compelling performances and surprising bonding behind the scenes.
In an interview with actor Josh Brolin, Austin Butler delved into his experience working with the enigmatic Tom Hardy on this upcoming drama directed by Jeff Nichols. Butler couldn’t help but be taken aback by Hardy’s on-set demeanour. He explained how he had pictured Hardy as a perpetually serious and grizzly bear-like figure. However, the reality was quite the opposite. Hardy turned out to be one of the funniest people he had ever met, switching effortlessly between light-hearted banter and intense focus when the director said “action.”
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In many ways, it harks back to the legends of old Hollywood, with Butler even comparing Hardy’s ability to Marlon Brando’s penchant for conversing with the camera operator until the precise moment when the magic of the scene begins.
Butler also noted how he “learned a lot” from working with Tom Hardy. He equated Hardy’s ability to transition from relaxed banter to the demanding needs of a scene with what he’s seen in Josh Brolin, someone who effortlessly embraces the environment before diving into character.
The movie’s trailer previews the world of ‘The Bikeriders.’ Set in Chicago in 1965, it depicts the birth of a motorcycle gang led by Tom Hardy’s character, Johnny. The trailer shows fiery bar fights, motorcycles roaring through the streets, and a budding romance between Austin Butler’s character, Benny, and Jodie Comer’s Kathy. Their relationship, as described by Kathy in the trailer, is a whirlwind, characterized by love, quick marriage, and the hope of changing Benny.
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Interspersed with these passionate love scenes are raw, violent clashes that hint at the gang’s darker side. As the plot unfolds, we learn that the Vandals motorcycle club evolves into something more sinister, delving into d**gs and gambling. It’s this transformation that fuels the central conflict, especially between Johnny and Kathy, who seem to disapprove of the club’s evolving nature.
This cinematic piece, inspired by Danny Lyon’s photography book on bikers, immerses the audience into the rough and gritty subculture of 1960s motorcycle riders. It’s a journey into a world of bare-knuckled action and the human dynamics that drive these characters.
Directed by Jeff Nichols, the visionary behind ‘Loving,’ and produced by a talented team, ‘The Bikeriders’ promises to be an unforgettable cinematic experience. As we eagerly await its release, one thing is certain, the chemistry and artistry of Austin Butler and Tom Hardy will be something to anticipate.