Actor Tom Hardy shocked a bunch of martial artists in England after he secretly entered a Jiu-Jitsu competitors over the weekend.
The Oscar-nominated star, 45, an completed blue belt within the self-defense self-discipline, not solely participated within the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship however took dwelling the gold.
Hardy’s shock look on the occasion gave the impression to be a success amongst rivals and spectators alike on the open occasion in Milton Keynes, which is 90 minutes north of London.
According to The Guardian, Hardy entered the competitors underneath his actual identify “Edward,” straying away from his stage identify, which can also be his center identify.
“Everyone recognized him but he was very humble and was happy to take time out for people to take photographs with him,” the spokesperson mentioned, in keeping with The Guardian. “It was a real pleasure to have him compete at our event.”
Hardy’s opponent, Danny Appleby, told local media that the actor’s look on the occasion left him “shell-shocked.”
“I was shell-shocked,” the veteran athlete mentioned. “[Hardy] said, ‘Just forget it’s me and do what you would normally do.’”
Calling the actor a “really strong guy,” Appleby mentioned, “You wouldn’t think it with him being a celebrity.”
“I’ve done about six tournaments and I’ve been on the podium in every one. But he’s probably the toughest competitor I’ve had – he certainly lived up to his Bane character, that’s for sure,” he mentioned, referencing Hardy’s character within the hit 2012 movie “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Last month, Hardy received two medals at a fundraiser jiu-jitsu competitors for REORG — a company that promotes jiu-jitsu as a type of remedy for veterans who’re coping with psychological well being issues.
Hardy took up a grueling coaching program with the group in a bid to arrange for his 2011 movie “Warrior.”