Britain’s most notorious prisoner Charles Bronson reveals aspirations to star on Big Brother and ‘take hostage in there’ and that Hollywood actor Tom Hardy has visited him ‘three times’ in interview behind bars
- Charles Bronson, 70, has revealed details of prison visits from actor Tom Hardy
- Hardy transformed his body to play the notorious crook in a 2009 biopic
Britain’s most notorious prisoner Charles Bronson says he had a series of extraordinary meetings with actor Tom Hardy before the latter played him in 2009 movie.
The career criminal joked how he thought Hardy was too thin to play him, only to be stunned weeks later when the actor beefed up with the help of a personal trainer.
The anecdote was one of several Bronson, 70, described from HMP Wakefield to friend Steve Wraith, who uploaded the conversations to Youtube.
Elsewhere, Bronson also shared his hopes to star in the reboot of Big Brother if he is freed, joking he may take hostages in there. He also laughed about the prospect of making a sex tape with two women in Dave Courtney’s Sex Museum, The Daily Mirror reports.
Speaking about his meeting with the actor, Bronson said: ‘It was mental. [Hardy] just finished playing Bill Sykes in Oliver and when he came to visit me with the producer Danny Hansford I don’t think he weighed 11-and-a-half stone, you know.
Charles Bronson joked how he thought Tom Hardy was too thin to play him during a visit before filming the 2009 movie, only to be stunned weeks later when the actor beefed up with the help of a personal trainer
Hardy won plaudits for his performance in Bronson (2009) which charted the life of Britain’s most famous prisoner
‘My visits there were behind bars, like in a cage and as he walked in, I said: “F*** me, Tom, you’re having a bubble ain’t you mate? There’s nothing of you!”
‘He said: “Don’t worry about it. I’m getting a personal trainer over from Hollywood and I’ll be bigger than you in a couple of months.”‘
‘When he came to see me a couple of months later he was bigger than me. He was massive.
‘I put my arms through the bars and felt his arms and his shoulders. It was like f***ing concrete mate.’
Bronson revealed that prison authorities later put a stop to the visits, which were deemed to have a commercial factor.
Bronson is currently is begging the parole board to approve his release after nearly 50 years in jail.
He was first locked up for armed robbery in 1974, but during his time inside he has taken hostages in 10 prison sieges and attacked at least 20 prison officers.
Eventually in 1999 he was handed a life sentence for kidnapping a prison art teacher.
Since starring as Bronson in 2009, actor Tom Hardy has become one of the UK’s most bankable movie stars
Charles Bronson slammed the limitations put on released prisoners and said he would hate wearing a ‘f*****g tag’ because he would struggle to have a shower
Speaking in 2021 with his friend, YouTuber Steve Wraith, for his series – The Charlie Salvador aka Bronson Interviews – the inmate mocked the conditions placed on prisoners who are released on parole.
Charles Bronson’s former FHM model ex-girlfriend has attended his parole hearing and supports him
‘Let’s just say they say I’m not allowed to walk past the Post Office, well, how do I know if there’s a Post Office round the f*****g corner?
‘Now in a paedophile’s case they’re not allowed to walk past schools, but how do they know if there’s a school round the corner?
‘And you’re not allowed to talk to girls? Well, what happens if a girl talks to you.
‘I’m going to be on very thin ice out there. But at least it’s half freedom.
‘The only thing I’m not looking forward to is that f*****g tag on my ankle – for three months I think. How do you ever shower with that on?
‘How do you put your socks on? I won’t be able to wear my suspenders and tights with them!’
Bronson’s tribunal has heard how he would need a great deal of support for everyday tasks if ever freed because he has never even used a cash machine.
He was first locked up for armed robbery in 1974, but during his time inside he has taken hostages in 10 prison sieges and attacked at least 20 prison officers
A panel of three considered the case this week at HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, while members of the press and public watch the proceedings on a live stream from the Royal Courts of Justice in central London.
The psychologist told the hearing that Bronson would be very low risk of absconding if he was moved to an open prison but she advised against releasing him into the community.
‘You can never say someone is no risk but I think he would be a low risk of absconding,’ she said.
‘I think the benefits of being in open conditions and the work that could be done there would outweigh the immediate risks at the moment.
‘[But] I can’t recommend that he is released at this time because I think there’s further work that needs to be done.’
The psychologist said he had suffered with PTSD from his brutal treatment in prisons across the UK, including Broadmoor and Rampton high-security hospitals.
The psychologist said he had suffered with PTSD from his brutal treatment in prisons across the UK, including Broadmoor and Rampton high-security hospitals
‘His violence has been exacerbated while he has been in the prison system and that is because he has felt that he is locked in a battle with the authorities,’ she said.
‘He feels like the whole system is about humiliating and degrading him.’
Richard Booth, who co-authored a novel with Bronson and was yesterday described by the prisoner as ‘a legend, an icon,’ told the hearing that Bronson had shown significant improvements in his mood and happiness in the last four years.
‘He is much more calm, he’s been using breathing techniques,’ he told the panel.
Mr Booth said Bronson’s artworks sell for between £1,000 and £30,000 each, and they raised £67,000 for charity at a single auction last year.
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