Lovefilm did a live commentary on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy the other day, with Tomas Alfredson and Peter Straughn. Tomas called Tom Hardy ‘lovely’ and ‘enthusiastic’ and Peter shared this anecdote from the scene in the photo above (made even more funny by Gary Oldman’s recent comment from the TDKR set about Tom talking):
Gary told me that in this scene - this is a studio set in Smiley’s house, so they had to, at one point, take a wall out, to do the reverse shot. And Tom was apparently just chatting away to him and Gary decided to stay in character. So he just sat in complete silence for about whatever time it took - an hour - while they were setting up the shot. While Tom just kept on chatting. And it’s almost the same energy as the scene where Smiley just watches and makes him talk.