Every year, I do this thing over Christmas break where I started watching a TV show that I've already seen 100x before. This year it was Peaky Blinders. If you haven't seen Peaky Blinders, drop everything you're doing and watch it right now. For some reason, I feel like it doesn't get the love it deserves even though EVERYONE who watches it loves it and a lot of people have seen it at this point. It just… I feel like it's just never never considered one of the "greats" like Thrones, Sopranos, The Wire, etc. are for some reason, even though I think arguments can be made that it is one of the greats, in my humble opinion.
Anyways, during my rewatch I re-fell in love with Jewish gangster Alfie Solomons, played by Tom Hardy. There are obviously spoilers below, but to get your Friday morning juices flowing watch a few of these Alfie Solomon clips:
The last two in particular are fucking soooooo good. Tom Hardy - in my opinion - is one of the VERY best actors on the planet, and his character Alfie Solomons is one of my favorite ancillary characters ever. Hardy obliterates this role. I get a ton of shit for saying I think Denzel Washington is the same guy in every movie more or less, and it's because I've seen acting jobs like Tom Hardy completely suspending reality to play Alfie Solomons in Peaky Blinders then turning around and playing a pill head MMA fighter in Warrior. His range is freaky good and Alfie is bear the pinnacle of great acting to me.
Esteemed director Christopher Nolan even said Tom Hardy can act better with his eyes than most people can act with their entire bodies in this interview with Esquire:
"Of course Tom, being Tom, what he does with single eye acting is far beyond what anyone else can do with their whole body, that is just the unique talent of the man, he's extraordinary."
Dude is just absurdly fucking talented and his portrayal of Alfie Solomons was enough for me to dedicate an entire blog to him. Dude's a fucking animal. One of the best on the planet right now, in my opinion, and he's reason enough that everyone who hasn't seen Peaky Blinders should fire up Netflix and binge watch the entire series this weekend. Alfie will make it worth your while. Oh… and Cillian Murphy and his crew are A+ too. Fucking awesome TV show.
PS - We're running our own HooliganZ empire in Verdansk through the night: