Tom Hardy gets into character by watching 'Come Dine with Me'.

The 'Dark Knight Rises' star is a huge fan of the reality show where guests who don't know each other go for dinner round their respective houses, and admits his 'Lawless' character Forrest Bondurant - who is a bare-knuckle boxing bootlegger described as a charismatic man - is inspired by the series.

He said: ''How do I get into character? I watch 'Come Dine with Me'. I really do like 'Come Dine with Me'!

''It's great people watching. I'll steal characters from 'Come Dine with Me'. Because they're real people. I take something from everybody.''

Despite admitting Forrest often growls rather than speaks, he claims he is a motherly character in the movie, which also stars Guy Pearce, Shia LaBeouf and Jessica Chastain.

He added to Total Film magazine: ''Forrest is a matriarch, he's a mother. I don't think it's being macho. I don't think that's what masculinity is.''

Tom recently admitted he is fascinated by the female side of his 'Lawless' alter-ego.

He said: ''He's a specific type of man. What interested me was the female role in this guy. And what the nature of violence is to men. Non-egotistical violence, non-macho violence. Violence from within the cardigan.''