Tom Hardy admits he was ‘bummed’ to lose ‘Suicide Squad’ role

Actor was forced to exit the super-villain movie due to a shooting delay on new film 'The Revenant'

Tom Hardy has admitted he was “bummed” to lose his role on next year’s Suicide Squad film.

The British actor was originally cast as Rick Flag in the eagerly-anticipated super-villain movie, but when a lack of snow held up his latest film The Revenant, he was forced to drop out.

Confirming that The Revenant‘s shooting delay caused his exit from Suicide Squad, Hardy told Variety: “It punched right into that, yeah. That got derailed for me. Was I bummed? Of course I was. I hate fucking losing work. I kept bemoaning that they were losing me significant money on a daily basis. Actually, it was good for my character.”

Hardy plays a criminal on the run in The Revenant, co-starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the wintry western from Birdman director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. He is now earning Oscar buzz for his performance as the film’s main villain. Watch the trailer below.

Meanwhile, the role of Rick Flag in Suicide Squad was bagged by Joel Kinnaman after Hardy was forced to drop out. The super-villain movie also stars Jared Leto as The Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc and Adam Beach as Slipknot.

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How To Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis will appear in a supporting role as Amanda Waller, a government agent who is often put in charge of the ‘suicide squad’, a team of super-villains working for the government in return for their freedom. The film is set for release on August 5 next year.