“That really hurt”: Tom Hardy was Brutally Rejected for a Role that Made Matthew MacFadyen One of the Most Iconic Actors

Tom Hardy was shattered after he was rejected for a role that Matthew MacFadyen eventually got.

"That really hurt": Tom Hardy was Brutally Rejected for a Role that Made Matthew MacFadyen One of the Most Iconic Actors


  • Tom Hardy has accomplished a lot as an actor thanks to his numerous iconic roles over the years.
  • Hardy was also rejected for a major role that went to Matthew MacFadyen One.
  • There is also a chance Venom will appear in Kraven The Hunter.
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Before embarking on his acting career in the British theater, Tom Hardy was a troublesome youngster, expelled from three different schools. He gained notoriety and acclaim in the film industry after notable performances in the 2001 military film Black Hawk Down and the television miniseries Band of Brothers. With that said, he was rejected for a role that made Matthew MacFadyen one of the best actors ever.

Tom Hardy worried in this scene
A scene from Venom

Eventually, Tom Hardy further cemented his legacy with roles in films and series such as Mad Max: Fury RoadPeaky Blinders and many more. Therefore, his excellent acting skills can never come under question, but sometimes even he doesn’t get the role he desires.

Tom Hardy Was Outright Rejected For Role That Eventually Went To Matthew MacFadyen

An iconic scene in Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice

Tom Hardy, widely recognized for his striking looks and abundant talent, is renowned for his intense performances in Hollywood, particularly in the action genre. Despite his penchant for darker roles, Hardy once auditioned for a romantic part opposite Keira Knightley. Unfortunately, he was rejected for the iconic role of Mr. Darcy in the 2005 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, directed by Joe Wright.


While speaking to The Telegraph, Tom Hardy shared his disappointment after being turned down for the role. The film’s producer Stacey Snider, conveyed the news, citing Hardy’s unconventional appearance as the reason for his rejection.

Hardy recalled the producer saying, “Honey, women all over the world have a picture of what Darcy is, and I’m afraid you’re just not it.” He expressed, “That hurt, that really hurt.” Despite this setback, Hardy remains known for his diverse and acclaimed roles in the film industry.

Will Venom Appear In Kraven The Hunter?

Tom Hardy startled by Venom in this scene
Another scene featuring Tom Hardy in Venom

Tom Hardy’s portrayal of Eddie Brock/Venom breathed new life into the character, redeeming its reputation after the 2007 portrayal in Spider-Man 3. Fans and critics universally praised Hardy for his role, considering him the highlight of both films. In particular, Venom: Let There Be Carnage showcased Hardy’s range as the iconic character. However, fans remain curious about whether this marks the conclusion of Venom’s cinematic journey.


Ariana DeBose is creating a lot of excitement for her role as Calypso in Sony’s upcoming film Kraven the Hunter, set in the Spider-Man Universe following the Venom films and Morbius. Anticipation is high for the movie, being the first proper live-action portrayal of the iconic Spider-Man villain.

In an interview with Comicbook.com, when asked about the resemblance of her Calypso to the comic version, DeBose cryptically stated that fans should expect the unexpected from the film. This intriguing statement has led to speculation, suggesting a potential cameo from Venom in Kraven the Hunter, especially considering Morbius mentions Venom in his film. DeBose’s comment, “I think you should expect the unexpected,” hinted at Vemom somehow appearing in the movie.

It is to be noted that Venom made an appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home as well, which is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Therefore, a Venom cameo in the upcoming Kraven the Hunter film would not be a surprise, should it happen. Sony’s Kraven the Hunter is slated to open in theaters on August 30, 2024, so we’ll have to see how the film will turn out.


Written by Subhojeet Mookherjee

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Subhojeet Mookherjee is a Freelance Entertainment Writer for FandomWire. A lover and expert in all things movies, games, TV shows, music and more. I've been in the writing business for over five years now, covering various topics all over the world. I love engaging in deep conversations with like-minded people.