Tom Hardy blasts reporter for bringing up his gay past.
You may not have known this but Tom Hardy was once open about his sexuality being with both men and women. In a 2008 interview with the magazine Attitude, the actor revealed how sex made him a better actor.
It’s such a tradition of London gangsters, the gay thing, what with the Krays…
I wouldn’t like to say. I really wouldn’t. It’s an unsaid, untalked about thing. The military get it as well. Sexual relations with men in situations where it’s a necessity, like prison, are different from being homosexual.
Have you ever had any sexual relations with men?
As a boy? Of course I have. I’m an actor for fuck’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. In the same way as a wet vagina would turn someone else into a lemon-sucking freak. To me it just doesn’t compute now I’m into my 30s and it doesn’t do it for me and I’m done experimenting.
Have you done it all?
Not all but I can imagine. We’ve all got an arsehole and I can imagine. It just doesn’t do it for me, sex with another man. But there’s plenty of stuff in a relationship with another man, especially gay men, that I need in my life. A lot of gay men get my thing for shoes. I don’t think I’m metrosexual but I’m definitely my mother’s son. I have definite feminine qualities and a lot of gay men are incredibly masculine.
Saturday, during a Toronto International Film Festival press conference for the upcoming movie Legend, Graeme Coleman, a reporter for teh LGBT site Daily XTRA asked Hardy about his sexuality and it did not go over too well with the actor. “In the film, your character Ronnie is very open about his sexuality,” said Coleman. “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?”
In Tom Hardy’s new movie Legend, Tom Hardy plays a bisexual gangster in Legend, where he co-stars with himself as the infamous East End London gangsters Ronnie Kray and Reggie Kray in Brian Helgeland’s violent period drama.
Saturday, during a Toronto International Film Festival press conference for the upcoming movie Legend, Graeme Coleman, a reporter from the LGBT site Daily Xtra asked Tom Hardy about his sexuality. “In the film, your character Ronnie is very open about his sexuality,” said Coleman. “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?”
It is important to point out that this question is quite relevant to the actor. For instance, the question is coming from a LGBT website the discusses in such topics, it is relevant to the movie because the movie discusses such issues, and because Tom Hardy made statements about his sexuality in the past.
Tom Hardy didn’t really appreciate the question.
“What on earth are you on about?” he asked.
“I was referring to an interview given to Attitude magazine a few years ago,” responded Coleman.
In that 2008 interview, as we pointed out above, Tom Hardy answered, “Of course I have,” after being asked if he’d ever had sexual relations with other guys. “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,” Hardy continued in 2008.
Three years later, Tom Hardy said that his words were taken out of context during a 2011 Marie Claire UK interview, where he finally addressed that 2008 interview. He said his words were “misconstrued,” and the copy went on to read, “He’s irritated his words were taken out of context, but conceded, ‘one thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.’”
This would pretty much explain that Hollywood makes it extremely hard for celebrities to talk about their sexuality openly to the public. But, Tom Hardy was not interested in talking about sexuality and Hollywood and answers a question with another question:
“But what is your question?”
“I was wondering if you find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality,” Coleman reiterated.
“I don’t find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality,” said Hardy. “Um, are you asking me about my sexuality?”
“Um…sure,” said Coleman.
“Why?” asked Hardy.
“Um,” said Coleman.
“Thank you,” said Hardy, cutting him off.
You can watch the full press conference here:
Source: Hollywood Reporter