Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton star as estranged brothers who battle it out in the Mixed Martial Arts arena in the dramatic film, Warrior. Directed by Gavin O’Connor (Miracle, Pride and Glory), Warrior is much more than a fight film – although the MMA scenes are simply incredible.
In this interview video, Hardy and Edgerton discuss the appeal of starring in Warrior, director O’Connor’s vision for the film, injuries, and getting into shape to step into the MMA arena.
The Plot: An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy) returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, (Joel Edgerton) a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family after being suspended from his day job. Even though years have passed, recriminations and betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father.
But when Brendan’s unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives.