Tom Hardy was so âphenomenalâ in his audition for Scenes of a Sexual Nature that it lasted half a minute, according to the filmâs director Ed Blum.
In a new interview with NME, to mark the film arriving on Amazon Prime on 30 October, Blum recalled: âI think within 30 to 40 seconds I just went, âWow. One, heâs got the part and two, the casting director is right â heâs going to be a superstar.ââ
Blum continued: âHe was just absolutely phenomenal in the audition. He made really brave decisions, really intelligent decisions and it was a no-brainer.â
The director added that Hardy had âreally done his homeworkâ and âhad created a character in his mindâ.
He said: âLike all great actors, heâd had really given the character a lot more flesh even in the audition â just the little nuances, the vulnerabilities, the cheekiness â and all of a sudden the character came alive. He was also very affable and quite vulnerable. He just nailed itâ¦ He took me to a different place.â
Scenes of a Sexual Nature received mixed reviews from critics upon its release 14 years ago. It has a 40 per cent rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
One critic wrote: âA very respectable ensemble cast of British actors goes completely wasted in Ed Blum's Scenes of a Sexual Nature thanks to an inane script and banal dialogue.â