BBC1 drama Taboo “ate” $3.2 million of Tom Hardy’s account
Tom Hardy lost astonishing $3.2 million making his new drama.
The 39 year old English actor and producer set up a firm Taboo Productions Ltd to manage the finances for the television drama series. Hardy conceived the eight-part series, plays the lead role and already was left out with a thin income of $13.7 million. The income wasn’t able to match the producing cost of $17 million for the drama series.
The Sun reports that a source said: “These new figures will make stark readings for Tom. No matter who you are or how much money you’re worth, $3.2 million is a lot of money to simply throw away.”.
“This is the first major TV drama Tom has overseen himself. He has written it, produced it and starred in it, so he was always going to come up against some difficulties.”
Tom Hardy with some help from his father Edward Hardy came up with the concept for the Taboo series. He even hired Sir Ridley Scott, the movie veteran to direct the drama.
Bane from the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises plays the role of James Delaney. James spends 12 years in Africa and returns to the United Kingdom to avenge his father’s death.
Taboo suffered low TV ratings. The third episode was the peak with 3.9 million viewers tuning in on Saturday. But on the other hand it is one of the most popular and most watched shows on iPlayer – The BBC streaming service.
Tom Hardy’s estimated worth is $19.6 million. And Insiders believe that he will manage to recoup his losses through digital and DVD sales and releasing the series around the world.
“Tom will hope to eventually make the money back through DVD sales, downloads, streaming and syndication rights. As well as being aired in the UK and in the US, Taboo has already been sold around the world in the likes of Spain, Portugal and Russia.” – The source added.