“Inception” has just wrapped its first session at the box office, and after taking in a strong $60.4 million according Hollywood.com, the movie has deservedly earned the title of a summer hit. However, one “Inception” star almost missed his chance to become a part of the film, as his skiing inexperience nearly cost him the part.
Actor Tom Hardy said his audition with “Inception” director Christopher Nolan, helmer of flicks such as “The Dark Knight” and “Memento”, was going well until Nolan asked the actor if he had ever skied before.
Hardy said in an interview to Access Hollywood that he considered simply lying about his ski background to the director, but ultimately decided “No, honesty is the best policy.’ And [he] said: ‘Chris, I can’t ski at all.’”
Hardy’s honesty was of course rewarded, as he was obviously given the role. However, Hardy’s admission didn’t mean he got out of finding his ski legs for the first time, as the actor was subjected to a crash course at the defunct Canadian ski area, Fortress Mountain, to prepare for the film’s snowy climax. The British actor would go on to survive his ski experience, but not before being tied to a snowmobile and shuttled to the top of the mountain to expedite the filming of his ski descent.
So unless you’re going to rely on pro skiers to perform all the stunts in Hollywood, it’s probably wise to brush up on your skiing skils this winter. Who knows, maybe it will lead to your big Hollywood break like Tom Hardy?