Tom Hardy reveals the menacing makeover he sits through to play Al Capone in the biopic Chasing Fonzo .

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Tony Sokol

Apr 12, 2018

Tom Hardy is showing off his scars for his role as legendary gangster Al Capone in the upcoming biopic, Chasing Fonzo.

The 40-year-old British actor, who went through similar transformations for the films Legend, Bronson, and The Dark Knight Rises revealed his new mottled look in a series of selfies he uploaded to Instagram on Wednesday, April 11.

Al Capone, aka Scarface, the Brooklyn mobster who was sent by Frankie Yale to cool his heels in Chicago, has been played by some of the best actors in Hollywood, but rarely by an actual Italian, and Robert De Niro is half-Irish. Paul Muni and Edward G. Robinson were both Jewish, which is almost the same as Italian in a lot of New York neighborhoods. Jason Robards and Neville Brand were both, whatever they were, but they certainly weren’t Italian. Stephen Graham, who played Capone on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, was, and probably still is, British. 

Chasing Fonzo envisions Capone as the “ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist,” according to the official synopsis. By time he was 47, he earned the reputation as “the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore.” The movie begins his story as “dementia rots Alfonse’s mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life.”

Fonzo is coming from writer-director Josh Trank, who directed Chronicle and Fantastic Four. The movie will start when Capone is released from prison at the age of 47 and suffering dementia that was triggered by gonorrhea.

“Once a ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Alfonse Capone was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore,” reads the official synopsis. “At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Alfonse’s mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life.”

Fonzo Casting

Tom Hardy will play Capone. He played both Kray twins in the British gangster movie Legend from 2015. He also played real-life criminal Charlie Bronson, not to be confused with the Death Wish actor, and probably tougher.

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Linda Cardellini, who recently starred in the Netflix series Bloodline, will play Capone’s Mae. Matt Dillon will play Johnny, Capone’s best friend. Dillon will next be seen in Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built. Kyle MacLachlan will play Capone’s  doctor Karlock. MacLachlan starred in Showtime’s revival of the cult series Twin Peaks. Katherine Narducci will play Capone’s sister Rosie.  

Fonzo Release Date

There is no release date for Fonzo yet, but principal photography began in New Orleans on April 2.