One would imagine that Tom Hardy taking his clothes off and waltzing around London in the early 1800s, flashing his cash and trying to bone his sister, would be enough to bring in so much bank the man could bathe in liquid gold for the rest of his life, but alas, the world is a confusing place. Contrary to imaginings, #TomHardy's BBC drama #Taboo has apparently not only failed to bank big bucks, but he's personally lost an eye-watering £2 million (approx $2.5 million) on the project.
According to British red top The Sun, Taboo has pulled in £8.4 million ($10.4m) but cost £10.4 million ($13m) to make, equalling in a £2 million loss despite setting up a firm, Taboo Productions Ltd, with the sole purpose of managing the #TV show's finances. Ouch! That's a flippin' hefty sum to chuck in the Thames no matter how rolling in dough you are.
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The project has been seven years in the making, initially conjured and penned by the 39-year-old actor and his father, Edward "Chips" Hardy, and then produced by Hardy who also stars as adventurer James Delany.
The official synopsis for Taboo is as follows:
Adventurer James Keziah Delaney, long believed to be dead, returns home to London from Africa in 1814 in order to inherit his late father's shipping empire. All is not what it seems, however, as Delaney encounters numerous enemies intent on making his life back in the United Kingdom very difficult. Focused on building a shipping empire to rival the imperious East India Company, Delaney's other wish to seek vengeance for his father's death means conspiracy, betrayal and bloodshed are also in the cards. As he works to accomplish that, Delaney must also navigate increasingly complex territories in order to avoid his own death sentence.
Given that the show is drip fed to us weekly rather than on a Netflix-style binge basis, and it airs on Saturday nights, the loss kind of makes sense — but there's still time to pull it back via DVD sales and worldwide release. Or at least we hope, because we're going to need Taboo in our lives for much, much longer than one season.
Have you been watching Taboo? If so, a) how do you like it and b) how do you feel about Tom Hardy's hat?
(Source: The Sun)