“LD50 (that Mel B and Tom Hardy vehicle you mentioned in last week’s missive) was filmed on the Isle of Man, and during filming I happened to be staying at the same hotel as the cast.
“There was a gathering in the hotel bar one night and I got talking to one of the actors, a young Irish fella called Tom with a broad north Dublin accent who told me how much he missed his family back in Ireland and rolled up his sleeve to show me a brand new shiny ‘fighting Irish’ tattoo he’d just had done. I know Dublin pretty well and we had a good old natter about it.
“After that I’d see him popping up in films here and there and think, ‘Oh, that nice Irish lad Tom’s doing well for himself, good on him.’ Then I saw him interviewed (I think it was for Mad Max: Fury Road) and detected not a trace of his north Dublin accent. That would be because Tom Hardy is from that well-known district of north Dublin… Hammersmith.
“‘Of course,’ I thought, ‘he must have been playing a Dubliner in the film and was staying in character. Method acting!’ So I searched out LD50 on YouTube to have a look and saw that his character is, of course… pure, unadulterated Hammersmith.
“In the bar that night he was just pissing about, but he was so convincing that even now I’m still not 100% convinced Tom Hardy isn’t an Irish fella from Dublin.”