With Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in the lead roles, and Bullhead director Michaël Roskam behind the camera, The Drop was always going to be a special film. Written by famous novelist Dennis Lehane (whose books served as the source material for movies like Shutter Island and Mystic River), this new crime thriller from 20th Century Fox touched down at the Toronto International Film Festival last week and very quickly had people buzzing.
In The Drop, Hardy steps into the role of Bob, a Brooklyn bartender whose life suddenly becomes pretty complicated when he finds himself not only mixed up in a robbery gone wrong, but also in the crosshairs of a dangerous man (Matthias Schoenaerts) whose puppy he rescued after finding it beaten up and in a trash can.
Boasting excellent acting and a thrilling story, Roskam’s English language debut is certainly one to watch out for when it opens in theatres this Friday. It also features the last film performance from the late James Gandolfini, who is terrific here as the former owner of the bar that Bob works for.
Earlier this week while I was at the festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with Hardy and Rapace, who were both more than happy to speak with me about their new film. We discussed what is was like engaging the audience with such a withdrawn character like Bob, why Hardy and Rapace enjoy working together so much, what the puppy symbolized and much more.
Check it out in the video above and be sure to catch The Drop when it lands in theatres this Friday!