There are somewhere around a million reasons to look forward to John Hillcoat’s upcoming movie about Depression-era bootleggers, Lawless. Not the least of which is that it’s got one of the most exciting up-and-coming actors on the planet, Tom Hardy, in a prominent role. Hardy has already proven to be a versatile enough talent, but it’s clear that he’s always at his best when he’s projecting an aura of extreme manliness, and these two new clips from Lawless give us a chance to watch him do just that.

In the first his bootlegger character, Forrest Bondurant, is trading some snarky dialogue with the new authority in town who’s been tasked to take him down, as played by Guy Pearce. You see, Pearce’s character is all snooty and from the big city of Chicago, so he thinks he’s going to roll into town and run the joint, and Hardy’s character is from the backwoods and doesn’t get impressed by fancy big talk, so he’s not going to listen to anybody. When they get nose to nose and start poking at each other you could swear that you’re watching a hype video for this year’s Wrestlemania. It’s glorious.

The second video features Hardy’s character giving a pep talk to his little brother Jack, who’s played by Shia LaBeouf. It seems that Jack has gone and gotten himself beaten up, and it’s up to big brother to explain to him that real men don’t go getting beaten up, they’re the ones who do the beating. Never before has a monologue about controlling fear come so close to bringing a tear to my eye. That damn Tom Hardy, he’s just so…manly.

Lawless is set for an August 29th release date here in the U.S., which should give me just enough time to stock my freezer full of enough meat for my pre-movie dinner. This is the sort of film where everyone should be forced to do twenty pushups and two shots of whiskey before they’re allowed to go into the theater, just to get into that Tom Hardy mindset. In biceps we trust. [MTV, MTV]


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