It took him about ten years to get to where he is today, but since 2001 he had been in high-profile movies but never at the center of attention. To name a few, the Ridley Scott-directed movie Black Hawk Down .
A little goofy lookin', and we definitely didn't come to recognise him for playing this type of character. After Black Hawk Down, he went on to act mostly in his native land back in the United Kingdom. Although there was this one time when he played a villainous role in Star Trek: Nemesis , but my guess is that only Trekkies remember that one.
The year 2008 saw another incarnation of this guy, he put on about 20 kg of muscle, shaved his head bald and glued on a fake mustache to play U.K's most notorious prisoner in Bronson .
However, it wasn't until 2010 when he reverted to looking like his real-life self, and broke into mainstream recognition when he was cast as Eames in Christopher Nolan's phenomenal work Inception.
Yeap, the dude is Tom Hardy and he is not showing any signs of slowing down as we can look forward to his upcoming role in Warrior slated for release later this year, and his second collaboration with Christopher Nolan in The Dark Knight Rises .