Tom Hardy plays a mixed martial art's student in Warrior. The actor was determined to make the fight as realistic as possible, which made him suffer several painful injuries on the sets. Talking to the Empire magazine, Tom says, "It was all a concern. I'm not a fighter, not at all. So for me it was a challenge. Could I achieve that kind of physicality and convince anybody in any way that I might possibly be a fighter? That was the challenge."
Warrior is about mixed martial arts and revolves around a former boxer (Nick Nolte), whose alcoholism tore apart his family, welcomes back his youngest son (Tom Hardy) and trains him to compete in a mixed martial art's tournament – a path that puts the son on a collision course with his older brother (Joel Edgerton). Directed by Gavin O'Connor, the film will be released by Lionsgate on September 9, 2011.