Tom Hardy puffs on an e-cigarette as he transforms into Al Capone

He has to spend hours in the hair and make-up department transforming himself into Al Capone.

And Tom Hardy looked the spitting image of the notorious gangster as he filmed scenes for upcoming biopic, Chasing Fonzo, in New Orleans, Louisiana on Thursday.

Looking virtually unrecognisable from his chiselled self, the 40-year-old actor was seen on set with prosthetics and a receding hairline wig.

Looking good: Tom Hardy looked the spitting image of Al Capone as he filmed scenes for upcoming biopic, Chasing Fonzo, in New Orleans, Louisiana on Thursday

Taking a break between filming the scenes, the Taboo star was seen puffing on an e-cigarette while strolling around the set.

Showing off his extensive inkings – which will no doubt be covered for his role – as he donned a short sleeved black T-shirt.

The star also wore green combat trousers and shades as he relaxed while strolling around the set.

Getting wiggy with it! Looking virtually unrecognisable from his chiselled self, the 40-year-old actor was seen on set with prosthetics and a receding hairline wig

Once the most feared gangster in America, the Josh Trunk movie will follow Al Capone at the age of 47, as he battles dementia.

According to production notes, the story will show how ‘his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life’.

The Dark Knight Rises star, who beefed up considerably to play Bane in the Batman film and MMA fight Tommy Conlon in Warrior, previously spoke about his fears for his health now he’s 40.

Puffing away: Taking a break between filming the scenes, the Taboo star was seen puffing on an e-cigarette while strolling around the set

For the project, Tom had to once again alter his appearance, however, he claimed it wouldn’t be as drastic as his muscular roles.

The Taboo star previously told the Daily Beast: ‘It’s not the classic Al Capone that you necessarily envision with the silhouette. I don’t want to give too much away about it, but there’s definitely a transformation with that role.

‘I don’t know if it’s as drastic as Bane. I’ve probably damaged my body too much. I’m only little!’


On-set: Tom was joined by co-stars Linda Cardellini and Noel Fisher on the set of the film

‘If I keep putting on weight I’ll collapse like a house of cards under too much pressure.’

The star added that he has aches and pains in places that he shouldn’t and admitted he now struggles lifting his children Louis, nine, and the two-year-old he shares with wife Charlotte Riley.

According to iMDB, the Academy Award nominee was once slated to play the role of Capone in a David Yates-directed movie called Cicero, but the film never materialized.

Mugshot: Tom is playing Al  Capone, sometimes known by the nickname Scarface, an American mobster who attained notoriety during the Prohibition era

Mugshot: Tom is playing Al Capone, sometimes known by the nickname Scarface, an American mobster who attained notoriety during the Prohibition era

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