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'Lawless' Guy Pearce: 'Tom Hardy is the most exciting actor I've seen'

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Guy Pearce has said he is incredibly impressed by his Lawless co-star Tom Hardy.

Pearce - who plays Special Agent Charlie Rakes in Lawless - declared that Hardy brought "a weight" and an "integrity" to the Prohibition-era drama.

Guy Pearce poses during a photo call for Lawless at the 65th international film festival.

© Francois Mori/AP/Press Association Images

Tom Hardy arrives for the Lawless photocall.

© Francois Mori/AP/Press Association Images



"It's so brilliant that Tom Hardy is playing the role, because he is the most exciting actor I've seen in a long time. He is just extraordinary," the actor said, reports Flicks and Bits.

Pearce went on to say: "[Hardy] brings a weight, an integrity and a power to the screen that is incredibly compelling - and I have to go up against this guy. The first scene that we had together was me feeling like I'm running rings around this man, not being intimidated by him.

"And that was very difficult, because he's like a mountain, a mount emotionally and physically. I think that will translate on screen and people will really see the power of [Hardy's character] Forrest Bondurant."



The film's director John Hillcoat recently revealed that he was left "awestruck" by Hardy's acting talent.

Lawless will be released on August 29 in the US and September 7 in the UK.

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