Friday, August 6, 2010

Tom Hardy Is Dreamy and Frank for Men’s Health

One of the stars who is now gaining mainstream acceptance in Hollywood is critically acclaimed British actor Tom Hardy, now seen as The Forger in the blockbuster “Inception.” Riding the wave, Men’s Health magazine is running an interview and a stunning photospread with the actor in its latest issue – and it’s a must-read by all counts.
Though his fans must certainly know a lot about Tom, larger audiences may not, which is precisely why all those who liked him in Nolan’s film should not miss out on this interview. In it, Hardy talks about anything and everything, from his life as a young man having just found fame and money, to why he believes hard work counts more than talent in his line of work, and his son.

“There comes a point when the world will stop rewarding potential and talent, natural gifts,” Hardy says when the question of his potential comes up. “There’s only so long that people will put up with the potential of working with someone who could be brilliant... To be told ‘Tom could do it’ was enough.” There comes a point where if you want to participate at a certain level in anything, you cannot just turn up and be respected. We all want to be recognized by people that we recognize. And a lot of the people who I think are brilliant – and who I want to be more like – work their [expletive]-ing [expletive]off, constantly... Over time, technique wins over natural ability. People who work hard, with constant application, determination and tenacity – although they may not be as interesting, or have as much flair – will win,” the actor says.

He also goes into the details of his past struggles with substance abuse – he was addicted to crack cocaine and alcohol, but has been sober since 2003. Life was very much a rollercoaster for him back then so, to this day, he continues to be amazed by how he didn’t contract some disease or, even worse, ended up dead after a night – or more – of heavy partying. The way in which he’d plunge into this lifestyle is partly due to his fear of failure, he tries to rationalize. Be that as it may, the reason why he’s no longer living like this is to be found in a little boy being born: his son.

“Louis arriving was an absolute godsend. Children need things. Not want things. Want and need are two different things I have always mixed up. When Louis came along he was like, ‘You can’t think about you! I’m here!’ It separated a lot of my selfish behavior,” the actor explains. For the full interview and the stunning photospread, pick up the latest issue of Men’s Health.