Tom Hardy Working on Movie About a Rescue Dog, We Might Collapse

Tom Hardy and his canine co-star. (Photo:

As if putting Tom Hardy in a three piece-suit in “Inception” wasn’t enough, now comes the news (and the incredibly cute photographic evidence) that he is hard at work on a film about a man and a rescue pit bull.

Photos of the English actor, who was frustratingly unrecognizable as Bane in last year’s “Dark Knight Rises,” snuggling with an adorable pit bull puppy appeared on the Internet last night, setting women’s hearts aflame, because the only thing better than a photo of Tom Hardy is a photo of Tom Hardy holding a puppy.

The images come from the set of the upcoming film “Animal Rescue,” “a crime drama centered around a lost pit bull, a wannabe scam artist, and a killing,” according to IMDB. The movie is based on a short story by Dennis Lehane, whose novels have inspired movies “Mystic River,” “Gone Baby Gone,” and “Shutter Island.” James Gandolfini and Noomi Rapace have also signed on.

Seriously, is the Internet trying to kill us? (Photo:

In case you’re wondering, “who is this Tom Hardy guy?” Let me explain. Tom is the focus of a quickly growing female fan base. Of course, he’s not hard on the eyes, but he’s also a man who has been open about his past and being a single father.

As a struggling actor, Hardy battled drug and alcohol addiction. In an interview with Men’s Health UK, he said he probably should have died, but the arrival of his son Louis in 2008 with ex-girlfriend Rachael Speed, helped him recover. “Louis arriving was an absolute godsend. Children need things. Not want things. Want and need are two different things I have always mixed up. When Louis came along he was like, 'You can't think about you! I'm here!' It separated a lot of my selfish behavior.”

Sadly Hardy is not so single anymore—he’s been engaged to actress Charlotte Riley since 2010. The two met playing Heathcliff and Catherine in ITV's adaptation of "Wuthering Heights." With demanding filming schedules, Riley told Look magazine they write each other love letters to stay connected.

In other words: Tom Hardy + single dad + acting chops + puppy = gold.

Related links:
The Best Dressed Men of 2012
Has Tom Hardy Joined Instagram?
Tom Hardy Knew Nothing About Part Before Signing on to 'Dark Knight Rises'