So how did O’Connor manage to cast non-American actors Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton — who at the time of the film’s production weren’t nearly as popular as they are now — as Pittsburgh brothers Tommy and Brendan Conlon?
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“I’ve been banging the drum for so long, I figure at some point it would all culminate into something, except that ironically it sort of feels like the opposite, in a way,” he said.
Warrior’s Joel Edgerton: “It feels good to have a chance to do all those things, because I [was] craving them years ago”
Actually tearing his MCL during filming, the thirty-seven year old decided, against his doctors wishes, to continue filming, even when Warrior became “a real challenge.”