Tom Hardy as Al Capone in first pictures from set of Chasing Fonzo

Tom Hardy fishes with a RIFLE as Al Capone in first pictures from New Orleans set of Fonzo

Even the fishes are sleeping with the fishes.

Tom Hardy has been spotted for the first time in character as Al Capone.

The 40-year-old was seen filming scenes for his upcoming biopic Fonzo on Tuesday.

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Unrecognizable: Tom Hardy has been spotted for the first time in character as Al Capone

The British star completely transformed into the notorious gangster as he fished off the back of a small yacht off New Orleans, Louisiana. 

His scarred face, grey hair slicked back and receding hairline left the handsome actor almost unrecognizable. 

Dressed in a long red robe, he chewed a cigar as he sullenly chatted with Matt Dillon, who plays his friend Johnny.

Suddenly getting a bite, the rod violently shakes in Capone’s hand, before flying off into the ocean. 

On set: The 40-year-old was seen filming scenes for his upcoming biopic Fonzo on Tuesday, with Matt Dillon

 Gone fishin’: He fished off the back of a small yacht off New Orleans, Louisiana

Make-up: His scarred face, grey hair slicked back and receding hairline left the actor almost unrecognizable

Co-star: Dillon plays his friend Johnny in the film

Got one! Suddenly getting a bite, the rod violently shakes in Capone’s hand

The one that got away: Unable to hang onto it, the rod off into the ocean

He then reverts to type and strolls into the cabin, emerges with a rifle and begins blasting into the water in anger.

Dillon grabs the gun from him, as Hardy sits with his head in his hands, clearly struggling with life after prison. 

The film follows Capone – ‘a ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist’ and ‘the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore,’ according to a press release from producers – as the Chicago mobster struggled in his later life.

My way: He then reverts to type and strolls into the cabin, emerges with a rifle

Shooting fish: He begins blasting into the water in anger

In character: The British star completely transformed into the notorious gangster

Not okay: A startled Dillon grabs the gun from him

Wardrobe: Dressed in a long red robe, he chewed a cigar throughout

Not happy: Capone is clearly struggling with life after prison

‘At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Alfonse’s mind and his past becomes present as harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life,’ according to the release.

The movie is directed and written by Josh Trank, the filmmaker of Fantastic Four fame, and co-stars Linda Cardellini and Kyle MacLachlan.

Hardy has been sharing many behind the scenes shots from filming on Instagram, frequently captioning them ‘Chasing Fonzo.’

Practice makes perfect: The duo filmed the scene several times over

Close: At 40 years of age, hardy is only seven years younger than the character he is portraying

Difference: But two very different lives left the gangster looking much older than the actor portraying him

The real Scarface: Arguably the most famous mob boss in American history, Capone was sometimes known as Scarface after having his face slashed by the brother of a woman he insulted while working a a bouncer in Brooklyn

Gotcha: Having evaded prosecution during his seven-year reign, federal authorities eventually brought him down in 1931 for tax evasion, sentencing him to 11 years in prison

 Killer: He went on to become a feared crime boss in Prohibition era Chicago, responsible for at least 33 deaths

Decline: Showing signs of syphilitic dementia early in his sentence, he was released after eight years

Final year: He died eight years later of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke, aged 48

Arguably the most famous mob boss in American history, Capone was sometimes known as Scarface after having his face slashed by the brother of a woman he insulted while working a a bouncer in Brooklyn.

He went on to become a feared crime boss in Prohibition era Chicago, responsible for at least 33 deaths.

Having evaded prosecution during his seven-year reign, federal authorities eventually brought him down in 1931 for tax evasion, sentencing him to 11 years in prison.

Showing signs of syphilitic dementia early in his sentence, he was released after eight years; he died eight years later of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke, aged 48.

On location: The scene was filmed aboard a small yacht named the Flying Cloud

Moody: A day’s fishing aboard a boat may seem idyllic for most, but these two didn’t seem to be enjoying it

Sneak peek: Hardy has been sharing many behind the scenes shots from filming on Instagram

Long sleeves: Hardy must cover his extensive tattoos

New face: clearly spends a lot of time in make-up for the transformation

Alternate title: He frequently captions the pics ‘Chasing Fonzo’

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