Tom Hardy has soared to attention in recent days — not for his newest film, but for his response to a question about the actor’s sexuality. Tom, 38, portrays bisexual gangsters in Legend, and it was when he was appearing at the Toronto Film Festival panel that Hardy refused to answer a specific question regarding his own sexuality, reported MSN.
Although Legend, in which Tom plays twins, was supposed to be the topic, a reporter asked Hardy to discuss his sexuality.
“What on earth are you on about? I don’t find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality. Are you asking about my sexuality?… Why?” demanded Tom.
Hardy subsequently said that he was taking issue with the way in which the question was phrased, as well as the choice of timing.
“There should be elegant ways to approach any topic, and there’s a time and place to approach anything and have a good, common sense conversation about anything,” asserted Tom.
Hardy went on to say that if it were a friend asking, he’d be open. But the actor felt that he was put in an awkward position in a very public place.
“If you knew me as a friend, then sure, we’d talk about anything. But that was a public forum, and for someone to inelegantly ask a question that seemed designed entirely to provoke a reaction, and start a topic of debate.”
Tom went on to sum up his reaction to the question as a rude query. Hardy told the Daily Beast that he feels everyone has the right to some extent of privacy.
“I think everybody is entitled to the right to privacy,” said the actor. “I’m under no obligation to share anything to do with my family, my children, my sexuality — that’s nobody’s business but my own.”
Tom is delighted, however, to discuss his newest movies. Hardy’s latest roles range from Bronson to Warrior to Locke, and now he feels that Legend gave him the opportunity to experiment even more with the role of twin bisexual British mobsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray.
In addition, Hardy is willing to discuss his fascination with dogs, which will be played out when he takes on the role of a real dog.
“I love dogs. I really love them. They’re special creatures,” enthused Tom.
Hardy revealed that he uses dogs to help him craft some of his characterizations.
“I do think there’s a lot about a dog that we can learn from, and I do put the dog into a lot of my characters because a dog, if you watch them, they’re so funny to watch. They speak with their eyes and their body, and I find that fascinating to observe.”
Tom also revealed that he rehearses in front of his own dogs.
“It’s very soul-destroying. They’re very harsh critics, dogs. And they’re very rarely impressed,” he joked.
And when it comes to a sequel for Mad Max: Fury Road, Tom is enthusiastic to get a dog in the picture.
“I keep calling up Warner Bros. and saying, ‘Are we green-lit? Are we good? I want to get me leathers back on!’ And I want a dog. Mad Max has got to have a dog!”
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