The M Match-Up: Tom Hardy vs Leonardo DiCaprio
How do The Revenant's two macho men measure up?
If The Revenant is about one thing, it is conflict. Conflict between man and nature, man and bear, man and man.
In particular, it is about the conflict between its stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, who were previously on the same side as con artists in Inception (2010).
Let's see how they measure up.
DiCaprio: He plays Hugh Glass, a wilderness scout who saves a bunch of fur trappers from Native Americans, but then he gets mauled by a bear. He knows the ways of the wild and has a native son.
Hardy: He is up for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar as John Fitzgerald, who is a creep. All this trapper does is complain. He is supposed to take care of Glass after the mauling, but instead leaves Glass to die.
ROUND ONE: DICAPRIO
DiCaprio is a mountain lion. Hardy is a tool.
DiCaprio: One of the biggest Hollywood stars in the world for two decades, he has appeared in one of the biggest films of all time (Titanic) and has worked with the most respected directors (Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Clint Eastwood).
Hardy: The 38-year-old English actor's star rose slower than DiCaprio's, but risen it has. Supremely dedicated to his craft, Hardy excels in everything from gritty indie productions (Bronson) to blockbusters (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight Rises).
ROUND TWO: IT IS A DRAW
Both are super talented, rich and famous.
DiCaprio: One of the best-looking guys in the world, he matured from a teen dream to a leading man with ease. Now 41, he continues to date supermodels. Even as a mountain man in The Revenant, his piercing blue eyes give him an otherworldly beauty.
Hardy: With his bulging muscles and scary tattoos, he is obviously going for a macho look, but his soft lips and soulful eyes are decidedly feminine. To me, it is weird, although chicks obviously dig it. But in The Revenant, the mangy beard and half-scalped head is far from sexy.
ROUND THREE: DICAPRIO
Come on, there is no contest.
Hardy is awesome, but DiCaprio is just DiCaprio. Simply the best Hollywood has to offer.