Earlier this week, Tom Hardy had an uncomfortable interaction with a reporter at the Toronto Film Festival that easily could have been avoided. While promoting his upcoming film Legend, Hardy and a few others involved in the film took the stage for a press conference following the premiere. Though some reporters go a bit off topic from the film itself, one reporter just completely took a right turn and decided to ask about Tom Hardy’s sexuality, to which Hardy looked seriously pissed, and dismissed the reporter. Now the actor is speaking out about why he shut down the off-topic question.
The entire interaction was painfully uncomfortable for anyone in the audience, or those who later saw the video of the incident, but in speaking with Entertainment Weekly about the off-topic question now, Hardy had good reason for being so angry. He told the publication:
Hardy clearly wasn’t upset about the actual question, but more so in the context of where the question was asked. This was an esteemed film festival, promoting a biopic crime thriller that has generated critical acclaim. It was not the time nor place for such a question to be asked and Hardy did not have the time for such ridiculousness. He also felt that the reporter was just asking it for the purpose of sensationalism. Hardy went on to explain:
At the end of the day, the reporter’s question was just straight up rude, and unnecessary for the setting. Tom Hardy was not trying to hide his sexuality, or avoid the question, but rather set the stage for the appropriate timing of such question. Though with the internet and current nature of celebrity, divulging personal details are all the rage, Hardy doesn’t seem to have a problem with having a conversation about his sexuality, but jeesh, at least have the guy come in for an interview and buy him a cup of coffee or something first.
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