Here’s a piece of advice for reporters: If you’re going to interview someone as amazing as Tom Hardy, stick to the basics: movies, humanitarian ventures, how handsome he is…don’t start asking the actor about his sexuality, because that doesn’t sit well with him.
Case in point? When reporter Graeme Coleman, from the LGBT site Daily Xtra, asked the actor a question about sexuality. Transcript below:
GC: “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?”
TH: “What on earth are you on about?”
GC: “I was referring to an interview given to Attitude magazine a few years ago.”
TH: “But what is your question?”
GC: “I was wondering if you found it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality?”
TH: “I don’t find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality. Uhm, are you asking me about my sexuality?’
GC: Uhm, sure.”
TH: “Thank you. “
Hardy, who is married and is an expecting father, clearly didn’t feel the need to speak about his sexuality. However, Xtra did take to its website to discuss why they asked the English actor about this, and it was indeed because of an interview he gave where he responded “of course I have,” when asked if he was sexual with men.
Hardy did say his words were twisted during that interview in Marie Claire UK, but the question was definitely warranted… to a point. Sexuality should have been spoken in the context of the movie, not the actor, because quite honestly, it’s no one’s business. If he didn’t want to say, and clearly he didn’t, then OKAY.