An interview with Tom Hardy from Metro Portugal (translated by charlidos via Google):
He is the “sex symbol” of the moment in English cinema. Before Tom Hardy is being presented as the new “Mad Max”, Metro talked to him about the challenges of Locke, a film that left explosive marks in Venice.
Besides having had a delightful childhood in London, the divine plan also gave him those lips in format cuteness and heart-of-cushion pins. The “bad boy” has worked with two of the great directors of the futuristic spectacle, Ridley Scott and Christopher Nolan. More than simply admired or remote, he has a career advancing a thousand miles an hour, and at this moment, in one of the most original films of the season. Locke is about a man who tries, in a car and over the phone, avoid dangers and tragedies at the same time trying to fix a trauma coming from the background. Good to see that Tom Hardy, a young man who has faced debilitating addictions at the same time creating a child and has another family, continues to put his electrifying and full of brain power in the service of cinema.
Imagine just waking up, Tom thinking to himself “Is it really true?” Tell me a little about your unstoppable career. How do you deal with the new reality?
I am, in fact, very lucky. That’s how I see myself. Very lucky and very grateful. And I’m part of a tiny demographic. I would say that generally 98% of the actors are out of work for many seasons , waiting for the next job. My gratitude is really unlimited. In other words, in the part that has to do with the real world of the labour market, I’m in a great situation. Then there is the advantage of me being offered collaborations that excite me. If that is to do well, there is a huge variety in characters and stories that have helped to tell, Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, the most romantic role in This Means War, and others I did like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and the Warrior.
And the beard I see on your face is for what movie?
This is just because I think with a beard, I’m cuter. (laughs) No. We have been doing the Mad Max and, in the new film, it is presented in a very wild way. Which explains the beard. But, again, the stars lined up in my favor. Now I can continue to work and, with no clash of projects, grow a big bushy beard like I always wanted to have.
But ultimately, how much time do you spend at home in the UK? Or do you live more in airplanes and those mini-bars we see in hotel rooms?
I have spent plenty of time in England, if you ask me. Have just bought a house in Kew. Me plus my fiancee and my dog, Woodstock, and my son Louis. I’d say, like everyone else who moves house or land, we will need about six weeks to fully consider ourselves established and a new routine. Then there will be the month and a half before dispatching me to Namibia where I have to go to film.
Since the movie puts cars and threats coming from who knows where, do me a picture of your person when you are behind the wheel. How is Tom when cooped up in a car?
I like listening to “talk radio”. Favorite station at the moment is the LBC - Britain’s Leading Conversation. I like to tune into LBC and then speak loudly to myself (laughs). Other than that, also for no apparent reason, I like to put the volume to maximum and listen to rap music. It is a horror, for those who listen. But I do that as frequently as possible.
How far would you go to be with the woman of your dreams and needs?
I don’t know this is something that can be understood by someone else (laughs), but since the question was asked, I continue to go constantly to therapy sessions. Whether alone or in a group. The important thing is that I continue to use every possible help in this effort to try to keep the the feet firmly on the ground. I want to maintain a quality relation. I want to understand me as I become a boy into a man. I want to know the intrinsic nature of intimacy. I’ll do what it takes to rehabilitate myself because I want to be a good father, a good boyfriend, a good husband.
I believe you, in the past, has had to face enormous challenges and problems?
Just look at the reasons why the U.S. authorities raise problems whenever I want to visit the country. I have to go to the U.S. embassy asking for a visa. Every three years, I have to do that. But it has been worse. There are also major improvements in this relationship.
Do you think it was because you weren’t boyfriend material? Just because you had a kid and many problems?
Well, right now I’m not datable because I’m engaged. But when it comes to ancient times, never had adventure by myself because I’m an only child and, besides, I love having company. I can’t live without being accompanied. Having me as a companion or boyfriend turns out to be a great daily war, precisely because I demand constant attention. I’m too needy. But, because I’m an only child, this was never a problem because my mother had huge amounts of love to give me and this system is transferred to the poor woman who turns out to be with me. On the other hand, and this may be an advantage, the person who gives me a lot of attention will have my full attention.
Any other place you’ve been to lately?
Siberia. By invitation of the Discovery Channel - great as preparation for apocalyptic work for later in Mad Max, they asked me if I wanted to go with them, and a few soldiers, and go from end to end the toughest road in the world. The idea was to sleep with herds of elk and perhaps plunge into ice. I thought I could use such an experience. I think the program which includes the coldest road would be the hardest. Something that caught the attention of the boy in me that didn’t end up a soldier. I am often called by my fearless side.