Two years after losing a bet that Leonardo DiCaprio wouldn’t win an Oscar for The Revenant, his co-star Tom Hardy has now paid the price. Back in 2016, when the star of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s epic revenge tale was up for his sixth Academy Award nomination, Hardy bet DiCaprio that he would lose. The prize? A “tattoo of the winner’s choosing,” as he revealed to Esquire. The holdup: “[DiCaprio] wrote, in this really sh—y handwriting: ‘Leo knows everything. Ha! I was like, ‘OK, I’ll get it done, but you have to write it properly’… I haven’t got [the tattoo] yet because it sucks.” Ultimately, though, DiCaprio’s handwriting had no bearing on the tattoo Hardy got, which was spotted on the Instagram of a photographer who recently snapped the actor.
“Captured a couple Pictures for @tomhardy today. Fingers crossed ?? he posts them. Regardless here’s an obligatory selfie,” Andrew Calisterio captioned the photo, which shows that Hardy chose his bicep for the tattoo location. Apparently, he made one revision: Instead of writing “Leo knows everything” he opted for a more aesthetically pleasing abbreviation that says “Leo knows all.”
Last month, Hardy opened up about the bet he lost in an interview with Vanity Fair, saying, “F—er. He would never get a tattoo if he lost that bet! It was just one-way. I’m covered in shit tattoos anyway, so it doesn’t make any difference to me. If I got a big bold ‘Leo’ right across my thigh or across my face. It’s just that, isn’t it? You bet a tattoo, you lose. That’s what happens.”
While Hardy has yet to share a closeup of the tattoo on his own account, it’s unlikely that it will make an appearance in his next film. Later this year, the motorcycle enthusiast will suit up as Eddie Brock, the villain who joins forces with an alien force to take down Spider-Man and New York City, in Venom. He’ll be joined by Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. Hardy recently told VF why he loves villains so much, saying, “If somebody presents themselves as the pillar and bastion of nobility and pure sanctimonious proper rightness, I’m pretty sure that it’s about as honest as rocking horse shit. A great mask belies, probably, even darker, more insidious stuff in my experience.”