WATCH: Tom Hardy Has Zero Tolerance for Journalist’s Probing Question About His Sexuality
Tom Hardy reinstated what should be obvious, if not the most human and basic common courtesy: that whether he’s an actor or not, his sexuality (past or present) is no one else’s business but his own.
In the film, your character Ronnie is very open about his sexuality, but given interviews you’ve done in the past, your own sexuality seems a bit more ambiguous. Do you find it hard for celebrities to talk to media about their sexuality?
Hardy replied simply in his beautifully velvet voice, “What on earth are you on about?”
The audience laughed, Hardy cracked a smile, but he still wasn’t about to have any of it.
The journalist kept on, making referencing to a 2008 interview with Attitude magazine in which Hardy seemingly, very candidly, revealed he had experimented with men in the past.
Hardy replied, “But what is your question?”
The journalist reiterated, “I was wondering if you find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality.”
“I don’t find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality,” Hardy demurred. “Um, are you asking me about my sexuality?”
“Um, sure,” the journalist responded nervously.
“Why?” Hardy questioned.
“Um,” the journalist cringed.
That’s all. And that’s how Tom Hardy shut down a nosy journalist.
On experimenting with men when he was younger, Hardy said during the 2008 interview, “Of course I have. I’m an actor for f**k’s sake. I’m an artist. I’ve played with everything and everyone. But I’m not into men sexually. I love the form and the physicality, but the gay sex bit does nothing for me… To me it just doesn’t compute now that I’m into my thirties and it doesn’t do it for me. I’m done experimenting.”
Since then, a Hardy source claimed that his words were taken out of context, and in 2011, Hardy finally spoke out to Marie Claire UK and said his words were “misconstrued.” The article noted, “He’s irritated his words were taken out of context, but conceded, ‘one thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.’ “
Watch Hardy’s interaction with the journalist in the video above, starting around 28:10.