Tom Hardy’s Taboo debuts tonight. Sarah will be writing about it tomorrow. Here’s Tom last night at the LA premiere. Over the last couple of weeks, he’s been doing American press to promote the series, more than usual, at least that’s what it feels like. Perhaps because he’s producing. And he worked on it with his dad, who he calls “Chips”.

In a new interview with Vulture Tom discusses at length his approach to his characters and the dark roles he’s drawn to. He also reveals that he sketches his characters by hand, to get to know them, to start figuring out how to play them. In addition to those sketches, he also draws pictures for his kids, including a cat called Marmalade. Marmalade is the star of the bedtime stories that Tom tells his son, Louis.

Speaking of bedtime stories… the holidays got in the way of me posting Tom’s bedtime story for CBeeBies. If you haven’t seen this yet and he does it for you, you might want to look into birth control. I love his commitment to this reading. What I love more though is his dog Woody, who accompanies him during this performance. Woody is quite content to sleep in Tom’s lap the entire time and not be a nuisance and snore through the audio. My dogs are snorers, especially the younger one, Elvis. They also sleep like kings, territorial and kicking. Like if this had been Elvis during the bedtime story, he would have changed position at least once and stretched his paws up in the air.

In other Tom Hardy dog news, he also spoke to Vanity Fair, ostensibly about Taboo but, as the writer notes, Tom really just wanted to talk about “the purity of dogs”:

“They’re just so clean and straightforward, and they wear their heart on their chest. You know what you’re getting with a dog.” He lets out a gruff, gleeful chuckle. “I love that. Unfettered companionship and loyalty in the most boring of manners. The life and the soul is right next to you, keeping the heart ticking over in the room. You know when a dog’s around, there’s good times. . . . It’s like, why would it choose to be around us? What the hell does it see in us? We don’t deserve them! What does it see in us that it’s so like, ‘Well, I wanna be with you, you’re awesome?’ I’m not that awesome. You’re awesome.”

Most dogs. Totally. I’ve had 3 dogs. Of my 3 dogs, only 1 of them has been how Tom describes. That would be Barney. Marcus, who left us in 2015, was a judgy, selfish asshole, like me. He did however have a sweetness to him at the end of the night, when he was tired; he used us for closeness and warmth. Elvis, the puppy, however, is morally bankrupt, is incapable of remorse, and has no respect for others.