The Revenant co-stars Tom Hardy and Leonardo DiCaprio lit up the silver screen with their brilliant portrayals of on-screen enemies John Fitzgerald and Hugh Glass in last year’s semi-biographical frontier drama, and it seems the award-winning actors entered into a friendly bet based on DiCaprio’s belief that Hardy would score an Oscar nomination for his role in the film. When awards season rolled around, Hardy nabbed the nomination, to no one’s surprise but his own, and it will soon be time for the actor to make good on the Oscars bet, by getting a permanent tattoo custom-designed by DiCaprio himself. Not to say that we wouldn’t head straight to the tattoo shop if Leonardo DiCaprio asked us to get a tattoo he designed, but the ink Hardy promised to get is definitely less than ideal.
In a recent interview with Esquire UK, Tom Hardy, who has been hailed as “the most explosive actor of his generation,” talks about the bet he made with Leonardo DiCaprio leading up to the Oscars. According to Hardy, DiCaprio predicted that the 39-year-old father of two would be nominated for his portrayal of John Fitzgerald in The Revenant, and Hardy bet a tattoo of the winner’s choosing that he wouldn’t. DiCaprio won, of course, as Hardy’s name was thrown into the ring for best supporting actor for his work opposite DiCaprio, and the 42-year-old wasted no time in designing a very special tattoo for his actor friend. “He wrote, in this really shitty handwriting, ‘Leo knows everything.’” Hardy explained in the Esquire interview. “I was like, ‘OK, I’ll get it done, but you have to write it properly.’”
To be honest, having to get a new tattoo is probably no skin off Tom Hardy’s back, being that the British actor already has at least a dozen tattoos on his chest, abdomen and arms, including a depiction of the London skyline, a Chinese dragon, comedy and drama masks, a Madonna, his wife’s name, his ex-wife’s initials, and a Buddha with an AK-47. He even has a tattoo of his agent, Lindy King’s, name on his arm, which he promised he would have done if she ever got him into Hollywood. He is obviously a man of his word when it comes to permanent ink, but, to hear him tell it, Hardy is less than thrilled about the piece he owes DiCaprio. “I haven’t got it yet,” he says about the Oscars bet ink, “because it sucks.”