Oooh, look what I found on Facebook today!
It’s from 2007, Esquire magazine. Interview:
Tom Hardy has a zealot’s belief in the power of theatre to transform lives. Having overcome crack and alcohol addiction with the help of his art, the 29-year-old remains loyal to his theatre company, Shotgun, even while Hollywood beckons.
Small parts in “Layer Cake” and Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” have led to bigger things, including a starring role in BBC2/HBO adaptation of Alexander Masters’ award-winning book, “Stuart: A Life Backwards” in April this year.
“I’m not interested in walks in the park. Anything difficult that people think I couldn’t play, I’m straight at it. If they say, “Tom, don’t put your hand in the fire,” you know I’ll be coming out of casualty an hour later with third-degree burns and bandages up my arms.”
On DIY: “Shotgun is an idealogy of collaborative artists who come together, train together, and work together.” Even if it’s just on the undeground and never anywhere, it doesn’t matter. Theatre is the cornerstone of social politics and human issues and it always should be – get involved.”
“The work is out there. Ninety percent of scripts don’t get made and they’re brilliant, so it’s like, ‘Why not?’ Well, Apparently no one’s interested. They want men in capes of a big man in a gorilla suit to pick up a beautiful girl because we know that people will pay the money for that and audiences don’t want to be challenged. But it’s like, ‘Did anyone ask them? No.”
I don’t want to become Tom Cruise. I think it’s inevitable that once you enter this machine there are numerous outcomes that can occur. The worst-case scenario being anything could bomb tomorrow and your career is over. The agents say that this can keep going, and we can churn up interest, and keep pushing and campaigning and go all the way, with Oscars, red carpets, big production, big movies. I’m not going to say no to that, because I’ll take this as far as this will go. But it’s not what I want, and it’s not what I need.
- Tom Hardy quoted in an article in British GQ, Feb 2013
Tom Hardy interviewed yesterday. He talks about all his projects for 2013. (Brooklyn? Pitbulls? Could be Animal Rescue - as pointed out to me. Siberia? Mount Ararat? Maybe that’s just for vacation.)
I intend to maybe climb Everest. I intend to go to Mocambique or Tanzania to work on an anti-poaching squad. I intend to go to Brooklyn to play with pitbulls. I intend to go to Siberia and do some work out there. But I could climb Mount Ararat, I don’t know.
About Mad Max:
It was an amazing experience. It’s a big live action, fully articulated stunt piece which picks up where Mel Gibson’s Mad Max left off and takes it to the next level.
‘playing with pitbulls’?!
Tom Hardy interviewed at the Jack Reacher premiere on Monday. He says a few words about Mad Max! He’s very pleased with the film. And apparently, he flew in to the UK from South Africa the same morning!