The future Venom actor has finally waved his white flag to a bet he made with DiCaprio on the set of The Revenant: that if he was given an Oscar nomination, he would have to get a tattoo reading "Leo knows everything."
Because he does.
Hardy explained it all in an interview with Esquire UK from 2016:
At some point in the not too distant future, Tom Hardy needs to book himself in for a new tattoo. The 39-year-old British actor has already got quite a few, as the markings protruding from his T-shirt — and the many topless shots that exist of him on the internet — attest. He’s had the London skyline, a Chinese dragon, his wife’s name (and his ex-wife’s initials), a Madonna and child and a Buddha with an AK47. This latest one though, he’s dragging his heels about. “I haven’t got it yet,” he says cheerily, taking a deep lungful from his electronic cigarette, “because it sucks.”
Hardy had a wager with Leonardo DiCaprio, with whom he starred in last year’s The Revenant, a story of betrayal and vengeance among 19th-century fur trappers. DiCaprio predicted that Hardy would get an Oscar nomination for his supporting role as a feral frontiersman who leaves DiCaprio’s character for dead after the latter is mauled by a grizzly bear. Hardy bet a tattoo of the winner’s choosing that he wouldn’t. Hardy lost. Hardy recreates DiCaprio’s design on a Post-it note for me. “He wrote, in this really shitty handwriting: ‘Leo knows everything.’ Ha! I was like, ‘OK, I’ll get it done, but you have to write it properly.’”
He seems to have put it off for years. But a recent photo posted by a fan on Instagram reveals the tattoo—"Leo knows all"—on his right bicep.
“Fuck! Did you notice the ‘Leo knows…’ tattoo on his bicep? Wasn’t that the bet?” one commenter wrote.
Hardy would be wise to never again question the authority of Leo.