Tom Hardy rose to fame in the early 2000s and has since had a spectacular and successful career, appearing in blockbusters, thrillers, war films and even romantic comedies. His professional career is well-known and he keeps his personal life quiet enough that little is known about his spouse and children.
The actor has dealt with his popularity quite well and is not the type of person to lose his cool during interviews. However, when he was asked a question he didn’t like, he was quick to shut the reporter down.
When Tom was promoting Legend at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016, an inexperienced interviewer managed to cross the line.
While Tom was probably preparing for questions about his character in the film or perhaps his on-set relationship with Mad Max: Fury Road co-star Charlize Theron, this reporter came out of nowhere to ask Tom a question he wasn’t prepared for and didn’t know how to respond.
The interviewer questioned Tom if his sexuality was as open as the character he played in Legend and then whether he thought celebrities find it difficult to talk about their sexuality. Tom quickly shut it down, acting as if he didn’t understand the question.
“What on earth are you on about?” he responded, looking completely disbelieving.
If that wasn’t sufficient, the reporter went on to say that he was alluding to a past interview Tom Hardy gave to Attitude Magazine, in which he highlighted the fact that his sexuality was “ambiguous.” Tom shut the reporter off again, not wanting to hear any of it.
“What was the question?” he said and the reporter doubled down by asking if he believed it was difficult for celebrities to discuss their sexuality.
Looking irritated, Tom vehemently said that he didn’t think celebrities find it difficult to talk about their sexuality before questioning whether the reporter was asking about his sexuality. When the reporter answered, “Sure,” Tom became defensive once more.
“But, why?” he inquired, clearly confused.
Without giving the reporter a chance to respond, he swiftly added “Thank you,” ending the line of questioning that had resulted in a lot of embarrassed chuckles in the audience.