Tom Hardy has become somewhat of an expert at shutting down inappropriate press inquiries with and the Legend star recently squashed some misguided questions about his sexuality with one flex of his furrowed brow.
While he was on the panel at a Toronto International Film Festival press conference on Saturday, Hardy was faced with a somewhat clumsily-worded question by LGBT website Daily Extra about his sexual orientation and, despite the ham-fisted link to the bisexual character (Ronnie Kray) he plays in Legend, Hardy wasn't having any of it.
You can watch the cringeworthy exchange for yourself in the video below. If you suffer from the affliction of embarrassment empathy, I would advise a pillow to hide behind for safety. The awkward action kicks off at the 28-minute mark.
If you didn't catch the whole toe-curlingly awkward exchange through all the mumbling, you can read the full transcript for yourself below:
Reporter: “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?”
Hardy: “What on earth are you on about?”
Reporter: “I was referring to an interview given to Attitude magazine a few years ago.”
Hardy: “But what is your question?”
Reporter: “I was wondering if you find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality?
Hardy: I don’t find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality. Um, are you asking me about my sexuality?
Reporter: “Erm, sure.”
Hardy: “Thank you.”
I think the reaction of the rest of the panel sums it up nicely...
If you're wondering where exactly the interviewer was coming from, he was referring to an interview with Attitude Magazine back in 2008 where Hardy answered a question about whether he had ever had "relations with men" with the following quote:
As a boy? Of course I have. I'm an actor for *beep*'s sake. I'm an artist. I've played with everything and everyone. But I'm not into men sexually. I love the form and the physicality but the gay sex bit does nothing for me.
Hardy later told Marie Clare Magazine in a 2011 interview that he was misquoted and he was talking about experimenting with men for his part of Handsome Bob, a gay mobster in Guy Ritchie‘s RocknRolla. Tom explained to interviewers that he had no regrets about the statement going public but that:
It’s just a shame things are misconstrued and I don’t get the opportunity to explain
The 37-year-old actor then went on to make sure that he had made himself crystal clear this time by explaining graphically that:
I have never put my penis in a man. I’ve never had a cock in my arse, and I have no desire for it. If that’s what you like, cool. But it doesn’t do it for me
So, let this be a lesson to you guys. If you ever want to ask someone personal questions about their sex life, maybe don't do it in front of a huge group of people where you could get seriously, publicly burned. Oh well, at least Hardy said 'thank you!'