Tom Hardy Talks About His Suicide Squad Exit

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Suicide Squad suffered a pretty big blow when Tom Hardy dropped out of the movie a couple months ago and there was a scramble to find a replacement for Rick Flagg, the character he was playing. Joe Kinnaman stepped in to fill that role, but why did Tom Hardy leave? Was it really that he didn’t like the script or how much screen time his character got? Tom Hardy talked with Collider about why he had to leave the film, and it’s not for any reasons you might have previously heard.

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"There’s a very practical element as to why I’ve missed out on that foray, which is because Alejandro [G. Inarritu] has overshot by three months in Calgary, so we’ve got to go back out to Patagonia or Alaska to continue shooting The Revenant which has turned into a much bigger beast than we thought, but that also looks exceptional. Literally we wrapped in Calgary for now until we go back in July. It would have smashed the two, I would’ve had a beard. It was just not gonna happen so I got ass-slammed technically out of Suicide Squad, gutted, so I had to hand it over to Joel Kinnaman, who will do an amazing job. It’s just I got bumped out, and that’s cool that’s the way it is."

So there you have it folks, Tom Hardy didn’t hate the script, there was no diva-like behavior on his part. It just came down to a previous film commitment taking way longer than it should have. And that’s a bummer, because I’m sure Tom Hardy would’ve been awesome in the movie, but that’s just how things work out. Hardy sounds bummed he missed out, but certainly not angry or anything.

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