At a recent press conference for the upcoming gangster film Legend, one reporter discovered that beating around the bush isn’t always the best way to get an answer.
“In the film, your character Ronnie is very open about his sexuality,” Graeme Coleman from Canadian LGBT-outlet Daily Xtra asks star Tom Hardy. “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?”
Tom isn’t having it.
“What on earth are you on about?” he responds.
Then Coleman gets to the real reason he asked — not to hear Hardy’s broad stance on how celebrities discuss their sexualities with the media (as if he could speak for all celebs), but to bring up those “past interviews” for the sake of attention.
We’ve covered those past interviews here — Hardy told Attitude in 2008 that he’d experimented with guys as a teenager. In part, he said, “I’m an actor for fuck’s sake. I’ve played with everything and everyone. I love the form and the physicality, but now that I’m in my thirties, it doesn’t do it for me.”
Interesting and candid take on masculinity and sexuality? Absolutely.
Excuse to hound Hardy about his “ambiguous sexuality” seven years later? Hardly.
“I don’t find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality,” Hardy answers Coleman before asking, “Um, are you asking me about my sexuality?”
“Um…sure,” says Coleman.
Hardy responds, “Why?” to which Coleman comes back with an inspiring “Um.”
“Thank you,” Hardy says, moving on to the next question.
Watch the exchange below: