Why film star is training in town
A NUNEATON motorbike instructor has revealed how he came to be training Hollywood heart throb Tom Hardy.
The Batman and Taboo actor was spotted at a petrol station in the town on Saturday and took the time to chat to fans and even pose for photos.
It came to light that Hardy has been taking bike lessons courtesy of Two Wheels motorcycle training school, which is run by Tim Smith and his wife Sue.
Tim, who has run the business for 12 years but has been an instructor for 20, said he cannot believe the attention given to the family run firm.
“I thought it might get a little bit out of hand, but not to the extent it has!” he said.
“He has been having some training with me, we stopped to get some petrol and we got mobbed.”
Tim and the muchloved actor - who has also starred as Bane in the Dark Knight Rises and both the Kray twins in Legend - were spotted at the Esso petrol station in Whitestone on Saturday and they were quickly surrounded by some of Hardy’s admirers.
Among them was Joanne Vowles who said: “He was so humble, drop-dead gorgeous and a lovely bloke.
“I spotted him and I thought it just can’t be, so I looked again and he smiled. I asked him if he was Tom Hardy and he said yes. He came over, had a chat and we asked if we could take photos. He said ‘no problem, put them on Facebook’.”
However, his stay at the petrol station was shortlived, with Tim explaining: “We were only there about five minutes, he (Tom) was really good, he had photos with lots of people and spoke to them, then I said we ought to go.”
Due to signing confidentiality papers, Tim said he cannot comment on whether the star has taken his test or if he is continuing to have lessons.
But he did confirm the star is not staying in the area and went on to explain how the booking for lessons was made.
“He (Tom Hardy) went into the Bike Shed in London, which has a lot to do with Triumph in Hinckley, we do a lot of work with Triumph and train a lot of the staff,” said Tim.
“So we were asked if we could provide some training for him (Tom) and obviously we said yes.”