According to a story by Vanity Fair, actor Tom Hardy, known for his roles as Bane in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises and Max Rockatansky in 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road, recently chased two moped thieves through the streets of south-west London before apprehending one of them for authorities. The incident occured this past Sunday afternoon, and was confirmed by police on Monday.
According to a report by The Sun, Hardy was on foot in the area when he saw two 16-year olds stealing a motorized scooter. He then went into "superhero mode" and chased the thieves down, vaulting over walls in the process.
According to witness Arun Pullen, Hardy furiously chased the two men, taking alternative routes to cut them off. “It was mental,” Pullen said, “like he’d switched to superhero mode in an action movie. Two boys on the nicked moped had jumped a red light and smashed into a car.” The BBC later confirmed that the bike did, in fact, crash into a car in Richmond, south-west London before the action star caught up to the thieves.
“We can confirm that there were two people on a stolen moped that went through a red light and crashed into another vehicle. . . .The males ran off and one was detained by Tom Hardy,” a Richmond police spokesman told the BBC.
Allegedly, Pullen later confronted Hardy. “He told me he chased [the culprit] through my back garden and caught him around the block—but the route was like an assault course. Tom Hardy’s clearly not a man you’d mess with." Pullen added, "I think he even checked the kid’s ID before cops took over . . . If the kid had been dumb enough to resist, I reckon Tom would have given him a good hiding.”
Hardy could not be reached by the press for comment, but according to another onlooker, Hardy simply stated “This little s*** nicked something and now he’s got himself a broken leg.”
Stay tuned for more in the "Tom Hardy: Real-life Action Hero" saga.