Tom Hardy: 'Nick Nolte is a big bear'

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An action drama film about mixed martial arts, Warrior follows a former boxer (Nick Nolte) whose alcoholism tore apart his family as he welcomes back his youngest son (Tom Hardy) and trains him to compete in a mixed martial arts tournament. The decision puts his son on a collision course with his older brother (Joel Edgerton). Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Dunn, and pro wrestler Kurt Angle also star.
September 9th, 2011

Tom Hardy compares Nick Nolte to a "big bear".

The British actor worked with the Hollywood veteran on his latest film 'Warrior', and feels his "old school" attitude place him in the same league as Marlon Brando and Al Pacino.

He told collider.com: "I love Nick and I think he is fantastic. He is an icon for me. As an actor, he comes from an old school heritage of real realistic and naturalistic movie actors.

"Strasberg lineage right through from Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and Dustin Hoffman. It goes all the way through to Nick Nolte and James Caan.

"He is old school. I look at him and I can see that the history is carved into his face. I really like that. It's like an old cliff. He has a crazed history written all over him. He is like a big bear."

Tom also said he was a little star struck by the elder actor's past and the stories he told him.

He added to Collider.com: "There is a clown in Nick, which an actor, to work, with is something that is really important - that you don't lose your childlike true sense and ability to play regardless of consequence.

"He is 70 now and he still has it, and he keeps you on your toes. He is very, very brave. He also has stories. He talks about Brando and his earlier movies. That is how it was like working with him. He is a legend."