Tom Hardy will soon be starring as notorious gangster Al Capone in the upcoming biopic Capone, and a new pic of the 42-year-old actor in full old age makeup shows that he is almost unrecognizable in the role.
Photographer Greg Williams recently posted the pic of Hardy as Capone on Instagram, and in the caption he wrote that Hardy’s “amazing makeup” was courtesy of artist Audrey Doyle. Williams also noted that Capone – which is directed by Josh Trank – will be out soon.
In the photo, Hardy’s old age makeup is complete with wrinkles and scars while the actor holds a lit cigar in between his lips. The movie focuses on the “untold story” of Capone’s final years, and looking at the makeup you would think that Capone died in his 80s or 90s. But, Capone died at the age of 48, and Hardy’s makeup shows just how much of a toll his outlaw life – plus ten years in prison – took on him.
Capone battled dementia toward the end of his life, and that fact combined with his violent history haunted him in his final years. He died in 1947 from cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke. While running the Chicago Outfit – his organized crime syndicate – Capone earned nicknames like “Scarface” and “Public Enemy No. 1.”
Trank debuted the first trailer for Capone last month, which showed Hardy’s shocking transformation into the prohibition-era crime boss. The movie, which originally had the title Fonzo – also stars Matt Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, and Linda Cardellini.
Hardy has a history of completely transforming himself for movie roles. In 2012, he bulked up, changed his voice, and covered his face with a mask for the character of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.
In 2015, Hardy did it again when he co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant. As fans know, Hardy made a bet with DiCaprio over whether or not Hardy would receive an award nomination for his performance in the movie.
Tom Hardy did end up getting an Oscar nomination, which resulted in him getting a tattoo on his right bicep that says “Leo knows all.”
Capone will be released digitally – and will also be available via Redbox – on May 12.