Have Tom Hardy's finances taken a £2 million blow?

Tom Hardy

Actor Tom Hardy may be gaining critical plaudits for his BBC TV drama, Taboo, but reports have claimed that financially the show is yet to pay off for the actor, writer and producer. Now reports suggest one of his bank accounts is looking worse for wear too.

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Hardy's own company made and financed the programme, and a report in The Sun back in January claimed that he was yet to make back his investment in the drama. At that point, he had spent £10.4 million making the programme, and earned back £8.4 million.

Now the same newspaper has claimed that the reserves in another one of his companies, 33 1/3rd, which apparently most of his earnings as an actor go into, have fallen from £2.8 million to £696,980.

So should we be having a whip-round for the acclaimed actor?

Good news for Tom

It seems this could be a bit premature.

There are a couple of key phrases in each of these stories that would seem to indicate that Hardy isn't quite on the breadline just yet. In terms of his investment in Taboo, the current state of play doesn't take account of the enormous sums to be made from the digital rights and from selling the programme around the world.

While it didn't get the kind of Saturday night audience it may have been hoping for on BBC 1, it has been a huge hit on iPlayer, so there's no doubt it will have a vast international audience. Hardy is therefore fully expected to make his money back eventually - with significant sums on top.

The report on Hardy's bank account, meanwhile, includes the vital phrase: "of course there is a chance he may have simply shifted the money from one account to another." We can't know Hardy's private financial arrangements - and some would argue that we have no right to know either. However, it's not beyond the realms of possibility that he has been using sound financial planning to ensure his assets are best used to fund any short-term cash flow issues.

Something to fall back on

There's no shortage of different figures conjured up by those trying to calculate what the actor is worth. Estimates range from £12 million to £24 million. The fact that he has played such a central role in blockbusters like Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Legend and Mad Max Fury Road, would indicate that he makes a reasonable living. Likewise, the plaudits and awards probably don't hurt his earning power either.

Meanwhile, he's hardly spending money hand-over-fist. In his notorious days before he cleaned up his act in 2003, it may have been another story, but by the time he spent a few days being interviewed for Esquire in 2014, the writer noted: "He doesn't like to spend money; he has a particular aversion to spending money on parking."

It seems therefore, that Hardy may still have the resources to keep the wolf from the door in the few months before Taboo becomes a runaway financial success.

The most overpaid actors of 2013
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The most overpaid actors of 2013
Pride of place on this list goes to the star of Jack and Jill, who is said to fetch up to $15 million per film, and is not pulling in the crowds the way he once did. That's My Boy didn't do him many financial favours (taking $57 million at the box office after spending a budget of $70 million), and this research was done before the relative success of Grown Ups 2 could be factored into the sums. In the end the films made a paltry $3.40 for every dollar he was paid.
Second place on the list goes to comedy star Heigl, who was dragged into the list because the money she could command after making hits like 27 Dresses were poured down the drain on the financial disasters: Killers and One for the Money. Her films made $3.50 for every dollar she was paid. Shockingly this is her second year at number 2 - last year she returned $3.40 for every dollar she earned.
Witherspoon felt the effects of Water for Elephants and This Means War. Her films made just $3.90 for every $1 she was paid. Sadly this was exactly the same position she held last year - when she returned exactly the same sum per dollar.
Cage made a return of $6 for every dollar spent on his fee. This wasn't helped by the shocking performance of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
The comedy actor was previously one of the best value for money, but took a major hit with Here Comes the Boom. Who would have guessed that a film about a teacher who tried to raise money for his school by becoming a mixed martial arts fighter wouldn't be an enormous hit? He returned just $6.10 for every dollar spent on his fee.
It's a shocking name for this list, but his films made just $8.30 for every dollar spent on Washington. He made some pretty bankable films during this time too, including Flight and Safe House. It just goes to show the effect that a massive fee can have on your value-for-money ratings.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone has a lot to answer for here. It made just $22 million at the box office, so Forbes has calculated that he returned just $10 for every dollar spent on his fee.
Her films made $10.60 for every dollar spent on her fee. She still commands huge fees for her work (estimated at $5 million), and the return certainly wasn't helped by the relative failure of Wanderlust, which only took $22 million at the box office.
Joint eighth with Aniston, making $10.60 for every $1 spent on his fee, this is quite a come down for the Bourne actor. However, it's a reflection of the fact he commands large fees, and chose to star in films which were never going to draw Bourne-sized crowds - like Behind the Candelabra.
His films made $10.70 for every $1 he received. Green Lantern didn't do him any favours - becoming one of the worst-performing superhero movies ever. It will come as no comfort at all to Reynolds that he's likely to find himself here again next year - after his summer blockbuster RIPD became one of the biggest flops of this year (and was released after the period the researchers were looking at).

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