OK, so this report has to be approached with a slight air of caution, as it remains unconfirmed by Tom Hardy himself and was written by The Sun – a newspaper that campaigners are currently trying to get Facebook to recognise as ‘fake news’.
As urban legends go, however, this one is excellent. According to the tabloid, Hardy dramatically chased down a moped thief and performed a citizen’s arrest on him near his home in Richmond, south-west London. Probably like this:
The Mad Max star reportedly went “into superhero mode”, grabbing the alleged criminal by the scruff of the neck and checking him for weapons, before apparently declaring, “I caught the c**t.”
The report says that Hardy was out walking near his home when two men on a moped sped through a red light at a busy junction and hurtled into a £50,000 Mercedes.
It is thought that the two unnamed men are now facing charges of theft as they were attempting to flee a crime scene.
One witness said: “I asked Tom what happened and he told me he chased him through my back garden and caught him around the block – but the route was like an assault course.
“It was mental – like he’d switched to superhero mode in an action movie.”
Hardy is known for his dedication to roles and strict method acting discipline, so if he shows up in a cop drama in the near future, you might know why.
Still, the best thing about this whole (maybe) news story is the reaction people have had to it. Is Hardy the key to our future? Will he win the General Election? Can he single-handedly reverse the misfortune of Brexit and unite the nation with a motivational bedtime story? Here are some of our faves:
Let’s just fucking elect Tom Hardy king of everything and be done with it. #GeneralElection
— Felicity Morse (@FelicityMorse) April 25, 2017
tom hardy righting injustice in the world is the turning point of 2017. calling it now. everything’s going to be fine by december
— sam reid (@samreids) April 25, 2017
Running away from Tom Hardy like… pic.twitter.com/NL3XWS9lJ2
— Ruthe Phoenix (@RuthePhoenix) April 25, 2017
— The Fashion Bible † (@ukfashionbible) April 24, 2017
Tom Hardy for next James Bond.
— Belle 🇧🇧🇮🇪 (@Dbelle1992) April 25, 2017