Tom Hardy kind of hates directors: “Part of me goes, ‘Why are you here?’”

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The Bloke – aka Tom Hardy – did a Skype interview with Vulture/New York magazine. It’s a decent piece, but that’s probably because I enjoy The Bloke. If I’m being honest, the piece is sort of overwritten, and it takes forever to get to some of the more interesting quotes from Hardy. He chatted with Vulture to promote Legend, but he ends up chatting about a lot of different things, like The Revenant, how much he dislikes most directors, and how he doesn’t mind watching himself on film. Some highlights:

Taking on challenging roles: “Eventually, something will kill me. Of course it will. Eventually, I’ll be rubbish. But if I don’t take on something that I feel will eat me alive, I don’t think I’d have the compulsion to work my ass off.”

He’ll watch his films at the premiere: “It’s good to keep an eye on something you’ve put into the world.” When it’s mentioned that most actors don’t watch themselves, he says, “Well, either they’re in a sh-t film or they’re not as involved in the process as much as they ought to be and could be. I feel like I’m duty bound to stand by it. And I care about it.”

He even loves to watch his playbacks: “Sometimes a filmmaker might not want to tell you what he’s doing. He might not want to let you watch his dailies. And you go, ‘Oh, f–k it.’ Because then you have to do what they call ‘trust.’ Now why the f–k would I do that?”

His dislike of “auteur” directors: “A writer comes with nothing and he writes something down and there’s a story. Then a bunch of actors come along, and people can watch that. Then a third person comes along and says, ‘I really love what you guys are doing. And if you’d just do it the way I see it, we’d really be onto something.’ And there’s part of me that goes: ‘Why are you here?’ A director who hasn’t written something, and they say, ‘Trust me.’ And I’m like, ‘With what, mate?’ ”

His reputation for being difficult: “Knowing what the best idea is, having an open mind, and having the conviction that something’s going the wrong way — you f–king speak up, no matter how bad the reaction is from people who don’t want to hear it. And you say, ‘This has to change, and I’m really sorry it’s going to f–k you all off, but we haven’t nailed it.’ They don’t like to hear that. So you’re difficult… Everyone wants to be excellent. And if you’re striving for that excellence, and it’s expected from me, then I expect that from you.”

On the neverending shoot for The Revenant: “Yeah, I was never not going to make it out of that movie alive, mate. But it was f–king epic. Alejandro picked up from Birdman and decided to take everything he did in that and make it work in the great outdoors, in natural light, in minus-20 degrees Celsius…It was f–king hard. I think [Alejandro] bit down hard on something that bit him back. And he bit back as well. And it continued to be a beast that was biting him, and he was biting it, and we all bit down.”

[From Vulture]

I believe that Hardy and Alejandro González Iñárritu probably did have some epic fights, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if there were some major breakdowns in communication/respect/whatever. And I find it interesting that Hardy still has to answer questions about his “difficult” reputation, yet everyone wants to work with him. If an actress had a similiarly difficult profile, would the reaction be the same?

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  1. ninal says:

    He’s good looking, talented, charismatic, charming – but damn, god bless his wife for sticking it out with him. He seems like a handful.

    as for the gender differences- yeah, guys get to be “mercurial” while women are deemed ungrateful and uppity.

    • chelsea says:

      Because no actor’s reputation and career were ever ruined over being “difficult”.

      • qwerty says:

        Coudl you give a few examples? Because I could name like 5 actresses from the last few years whose careers went downhill due to their “difficult” reputation… and probably around 10 actors who continue to get great roles even after racist remarks, beating a woman or worse.

    • cici says:

      According Mad Max cinematographer, Hardy would show up on set every day 1-2 hours late, ruining the shooting schedule, especially since they were using a lot of natural light.

      He’s lucky he’s a white male and gets away with all his on-set antics.

      • neutral says:

        If it is true that then he is unforgivably arrogant and disrespectful.

      • mom2two says:

        No actress, person of color who acts or someone who isn’t a studio darling like Tom Hardy is, would ever get away with his antics. He can diss directors all he wants, the studios will still hire him.
        He admitted to being hard on Charlize Theron during filming of Mad Max. He also admitted that Shia La Beouf punched him on the set of Lawless. Never said why and people assumed it was Shia being Shia but I am going to guess that Hardy provoked the guy.
        Hardy is talented, you cannot deny that, but he gets away with stuff that most people wouldn’t in Hollywood with how he treats other actors and his attitude with directors.

    • Isabelle says:

      Tom has said the same thing over and over again lol. Always talking about her having to put up with him.

      • FF says:

        @mom2two

        Shia punched him out apparently because Jessica Chastain talked to him (Tom) more.

        Shia was so methodly into drinking moonshine on the Lawless set that Mia Wasikowska literally tried to get put of her contract so she could leave because he was scaring her so much.

        Shia himself admitted it. So I don’t think that punch out was just because Hardy was being “difficult”.

    • Renée says:

      He’s refreshingly honest….fantastic! And i do understand. His interviews are legendary LOL.

  2. frisbee says:

    SIXER ALERT! – Get the ball gag, he knows exactly what to do

    “And he bit back as well. And it continued to be a beast that was biting him, and he was biting it, and WE ALL BIT DOWN.”
    So that’s alright then.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      Why would Sixer want to stop the biting???

      • frisbee says:

        Probably doesn’t, but she needs him to practice on something :)

      • NUTBALLS says:

        But, but… the tongue!! Not just for wagging. Tho’ I confess I love the wagging. Sixer may have her limits.

        Perhaps a stick of jerky for a chew toy?

      • frisbee says:

        Deer antlers – long lasting and ecologically sound with the added benefit of being sharp and pointy (if that kind of thing is to your taste of course)

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Alaskan here… we tend to be carnivores, living off the land and all.

        But I think you’re on to something with the antlers. If big enough, Tom can be assured to win in a dual with Idris. A big rack also means that Sixer selects him over all other suitors for a visit to her boudoir. Additionally, antlers are a good source of calcium, phosphorus and other minerals so besides helping the environment, so he’d get some nutrition as he’s gnawing on them.

        Excellent choice, frisbee. Then again, I just read belowthread, so the lady may not let him exert his manhood in this way.

    • Sixer says:

      I’ll bite down with him any time.

      I’m bloody good at biting, dontchaknow. Plus, I’ve got my collection of ball gags, so if I ever looked like losing, I’d just turn it into a handicap biting contest. He gets gagged. I do not.

      “Because then you have to do what they call ‘trust.’ Now why the f–k would I do that?”

      Ha. He’s the chippiest git of all chippy gits.

      • frisbee says:

        Or an uppity little shyte even.

      • Sixer says:

        But he wouldn’t be after a biting down contest with me. He would know his place.

      • frisbee says:

        So would we all Sixer, so would we all ;-/

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I need a proper definition of “chippy git” for my international dictionary. Oversensitive moron?

      • frisbee says:

        To me somebody whose Chippy is a self regarding in a feisty way, To a Canadian apparently it means bad tempered ( just looked it up and they use it to characterize a rough or aggressive ice hockey player. Which begs the question, ‘How do they tell the difference? :)
        Git is shorthand for mean-spirited arsehole.
        Chippy Git is not necessarily as insulting as it sounds. In the UK we have manners drummed into us from an early age, ‘please’, ‘thank-you’, constantly saying ‘sorry’ etc. Crikey I even wave thank-you at people who stop for me at a zebra crossing! So we have a sneaking admiration for people who break the rules and say exactly what they think and bugger the consequences. Chippy Git is said with a smile rather than a scowl.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        This is why you can never trust online dictionaries… gotta ask a local. You wouldn’t believe what came up for “chippy” — carpenter, prostitute, fish & chip shop — none of which made sense in context!

        *whispers* I wave “thank you” to cars that stop at crosswalks; just a quick flash of hand, but with kids in tow, I’m appreciative!

      • byland says:

        @frisbee, NUTBALLS
        Count me as another over-polite lady here. It’s all my mom’s influence and watching my biological mother shout at random customer service personnel, thinking to myself “I never, ever want to be like that.” I often find it shocking how appreciative waiters/waitresses, retail workers, movie theater employees, etc. when you say thank you even worse, let alone the twenty times I seem to.

        ETA: I comment this and then realize I might have (probably did) accidentally insult you earlier further down in the thread, NUTBALLS. So, so sorry!

  3. NUTBALLS says:

    I love how he speaks his feckin’ mind. Having seen the way he dealt with that idiot journo at TIFF, I’d conclude he’s not being difficult to speak up when he thinks something isn’t right. Rather, the person on the receiving end of his criticism has a bruised ego.

    • byland says:

      I want more details about the horror of The Revenant set, though. As much as I loved Birdman – and I so, so did – from everything I’ve heard I kind of want it flop bigtime as Inarritu seems as if he’s gotten a bit too big for his britches to me. Do you think I can blame this bit of extreme bitchiness on being in my second trimester with twins in the Texas heat right now? Maybe he’ll give up some delicious gossip juice after the editing process is over. One can hope.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I’m fairly new to The Bloke. Does he tend to spill secrets or does he just drop juicy bits here and there that we have to piece together and fill in the blanks?

        Bitch away. I’ll give you a pass in your delicate condition.

      • Sixer says:

        He just lives in this World According To The Bloke environment. Get the right question at the right moment and he launches into a stream of consciousness explanation of it. I suspect the World According To The Bloke is a fluid space, so his explanations vary wildly depending on what he had for breakfast that morning, or somesuch.

      • byland says:

        I think Sixer’s hit it pretty much on the head. I’m not a Bloke-head or anything, but I know a bit about him and he does seem to go back-and-forth between extremes on a regular basis, bless his furry little face.

        Also, ha! Delicate, my ever-widening ass. Anyone who truly believes that has obviously never been pregnant or even been around a pregnant woman for any length of time.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        byland, I’ve been through the horror of the ever-widening face, ribcage, torso, hips etc… twice. I know women who have run 10ks & marathons at 35 weeks, so yes, I know! We’re tough as sh*t.

        The World According to Bloke sounds like a documentary that I’d enjoy watching.

      • byland says:

        @NUTBALLS
        Oh, I didn’t mean you! I got that you knew that by the italics. I’m sorry if you thought I was mocking you, I really didn’t mean to. I was genuinely amused.

        Like I said, I’m in Texas and as big a city as I live in there are still some close-minded, 18th century castoffs here who think I belong barefoot in the kitchen so I’ve gotten pretty good at telling when someone is being serious or joking around. I never thought you were serious.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Byland, no worries! It’s very hard to offend me. I wasn’t sure if you got my humor with the italics, since things don’t always come across accurately when typing.

  4. meme says:

    He’s fabulousity!

  5. perplexed says:

    Out of context, his quote looks strange. In context, I think what he says kind of makes sense. I was initially ready to think the worst, but when I read the full quote I could see what he was thinking. He simply seems to privilege the writer, who actually conceptualized the project, over the director, who has a separate vision– that’s different than Jessica Alba saying she likes to re-write what the author wrote, but then didn’t seem to contextualize why she felt the need to re-write lines.

  6. JENNA says:

    He continues to work because studio execs have a hard on for him for some reason. It’s not like there aren’t talented actors out there.

    • Farah says:

      That’s part of the reason. But the Sony emails revealed a very interesting side. Studios want him but producers and directors find him difficult.

      Hardy should be bigger than he is. The Dark Knight Rises should’ve made him a huge star. But the film was considered a let down, and his less than stellar reputation haunted him. Sure he works consistently, but he is never going to be a movie star. Hollywood are so quick to applaud violent men, but if the man is violent towards Hollywood.
      I’m not really a Hardy fan, but I find his career fascinating. He really is textbook case of self destruction. He has all the talent and charisma to be huge, and he just isn’t.

    • Don't kill me I'm French says:

      Warner Bros loves Hardy .They have an exclusive agreement with him since 4 years.He is a WB golden boy like Cooper,Affleck and Dicaprio

  7. 7-11's Hostage says:

    “Why are you here?” actor Tom Hardy wonders to himself about the directors of the film he *chose* to work on. That’s funny. I wonder the same thing: Why are you here? (But I’m just a moron commenting on the boards.) These people kill me, they honestly do.

    • perplexed says:

      Good point.

    • Harryg says:

      Also, “auteur” really means that the director is deeply involved from the beginning and is often also the writer. So I don’t get this comment – he should hate the moneyman producers more (who happen to have an extra hundred million and suddenly know everything about movies, demanding crazy changes).

      • belle de jour says:

        Yes! If a writer wishes to retain control, she doesn’t sell the rights to her creation.

        Writing can be a lonely business. And a film is a different realization of a creation than a book, short story or play. There are plenty of writers who welcome the chance to collaborate with others they respect, to see their characters and vision being reinterpreted and represented by talented people whom they trust.

        It works both ways, too.

        One of my favorite overheard remarks between a director and a well-meaning guest: G: What’s the best and the worst part about directing? D: Actors.

    • byland says:

      We should take it from where it’s really coming from: he wants to do what he wants to do, his motivation and direction is all he feels is nessecary for his work. He either thinks he could do it better and wants to someday or never wants to be behind the camera. There’s no inbetween with this guy.

  8. Franca says:

    He’s a good actor, but he seems to be up his own ass and difficult. I don’t like him, but then again, I neither find him hot nor charming.

    Didn’t Dustin Hoffman say;
    “I think the most insulting thing you can do to a director is to challenge when he or she is satisfied with your interpretation.”?
    And Hardy’s good, but he’s no Dustin Hoffman.

    • Elisa the I. says:

      +10000000

    • byland says:

      @frisbee
      It gets even more confusing when you consider the fact that Dustin Hoffman is one of the best and easiest interviews for reporters. He’s apparently always friendly and takes time with each person, even to the point of running behind schedule.

      Perhaps age has mellowed him?

      • frisbee says:

        Don’t get me wrong I adore Dustin Hoffman and agree he’s one of the all time great film actors. He did a Radio show in the UK called Desert Island Discs and he was a delight. I was just pointing out that the reports on celebrities can be wildly different. Maybe different sides of the personality come out in different situations? Producing an acting performance, a precise emotion when it’s required, on a film set must be hellish difficult, I certainly couldn’t do it and I imagine that would cause tensions regardless of the actors/directors involved. An interview would involve another set of pressures entirely, some actors react really badly to it, look at the recent reports on Robert DeNero. Maybe like everybody else they are better at dealing with some situations than others? Anyway, here’s Dustin being charming.
        http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01p314n

      • Jellybean says:

        Frisbee, I couldn’t agree with you more, Media interviews are like job interviews for the rest of us. I know people who do fantastic interviews and always get the job, but can’t keep it because they are dreadful employees. Some actors know exactly what to say and how to behave in an interview but are not very nice in real life. I rely more on what coworkers say, but you do have to look past the the professional niceties to get the real picture. Body language is very telling, but it has to be video not photo because there is always one photo when you will look like a serial killer, whoever you are.

    • chelsea says:

      Dustin Hoffman sounds very self-satisfied, doesn’t he?

      • Don't kill me I'm French says:

        He can….he is Dustin Hoffman ..He is 2 times Oscar Winners and other prestigious awards and has a 50 years old career

    • FF says:

      I dunno. I would think they can all say what they want because they have different experiences of the same thing.

      Some directors can be trusted and some are hacks. Some start out one and morph into the other. Some writer-directors are good and some can’t grasp that their ego outsizes their talent.

      Also depends on who’s backing them.

      There’s rarely one right way see it but this might be Hardy’s way of handling it so he remains engaged and satisfied with whatever project he’s doing so it doesn’t lead to boredom and other problems down the road.

      Hoffman might find other ways of engaging, or just never get bored…

  9. jinni says:

    He’s actually starting to get on my nerves now with this attitude and if the Lainey Gossip Smutty Shout Out from September 22 blind is about him, which it really sounds like him, then I may just quit liking him all together. I enjoy his interviews because they are always interesting, like another fave Johnny Depp, Hardy has a way of phasing things that can make even the most mundane topic sound interesting. But all of this fighting people and such is getting eye rolly now.

    • Cee says:

      I believe blinds should be taken with a grain of salt… but Lainey does seem to have a good track record. Check out blind Jan. 21, 2015. She’s been on it since the start.

      • Jellybean says:

        I certainly believe you should be careful of blind items. I think the vast majority are absolute rubbish, especially those about artists as apposed to celebrities and anyone even approaching the A list. It is just in this case there was a complete change in her view of the man, from hero to bully and she was personally there at the event.

    • mom2two says:

      I think that blind item is about him. She mentioned about “being off the list” which is taken to mean off of her Freebie Five. He was on there until she replaced him with Brandon Flowers.
      She did also write about his less than stellar behavior towards the media at TIFF (and this was something else outside of the run in with the reporter who asked about his sexuality).

  10. Tiffany says:

    My Lord….he is a frackin icehole.

  11. Kit says:

    He’s talented but I’m not going to lie, he also seems like he’d be a pretty big dick in person…

    • kri says:

      One can only imagine…

    • Danskins says:

      Sorry but I had to re-read your comment a few times before I realized it wasn’t about the size of a certain part of his anatomy lol. After the two cups of coffee I had earlier, I still obviously need a third. 😛

  12. Jellybean says:

    Hardy was always one of Lainey’s favorites and when it came out how much Charlize Theron hated working with him on Mad Max she seemed to blame Theron; she certainly is no fan of Theron’s. But, now she seems to be spreading gossip about how thoroughly unpleasant he was at TIFF, he was fine with the fans but demanding and mean to the people who work with and for him. The comments about directors seem to support that.

    • Jenns says:

      She also posted the blind about him punching Alejandro and knocking him out.

      And don’t forget the photo of him a hot tub at Leo’s house with a few models next to him.

      • Cee says:

        Yeah, she could have written up a blind about the hot tub, yet went and published an article instead. That speaks volumes. That being said, I feel like Hardy’s personal life/marriage is a mystery onto itself and hard to speculate about.

      • Elisa the I. says:

        I’ve never seen the hot tub pics, but that’s EXACTLY the vibes that I get from him.

    • Jennifer says:

      Well, well, well….all of these comments make no sense at all! Every director and fellow actors spoke about Tom with great respect and even affection, calling him funny, gentle, intense but honest. Do not speak until you know where you talk about . I know this is Celebitchy but nevertheless…. Tom Hardy’s a great and unique talent and anyone who denies it is a fool.

  13. Abigail says:

    “Eventually, I’ll be rubbish.” Already there, in Legend, Child 44, Lawless, and Batman, for starters.

  14. Tig says:

    And jeez-did he have a “F bomb” quota he had to fill in this interview? Man or woman- I just feel like it’s a lazy way to make a point in an interview. And talk about disappointment- tried to make it through Child 44- a book I so enjoyed. He along with the rest of a very good cast were awful. Part of me wonders if all these stories of male ego run amuck re The Revenant is to drum up interest in a movie.

  15. Josefa says:

    Eh I wouldn’t say “everyone wants to work with him”. He’s really not that popular.

  16. seesittellsit says:

    Morning, darling.

  17. Emily C. says:

    I hope that the worship of directors in Hollywood is coming to an end. Yeah, they have an important role to play, and should be respected for that. But they get way too much credit, and all the other people who work on the film (especially writers) get way too little.

  18. Tara says:

    Seems a bit like a Joey tribiani moment, ala “I ad lib most of my dialog “

    • Lamppost says:

      He strikes me as being about as smart and talented as Joey Tribbiani. Also, I’ve always felt a napoleon complex vibe about this guy.

  19. alice says:

    Last night I’ve watched Locke for the second time. I’m so amazed by Tom’s performance considering he’s the only actor on screen and he totally carries the story. He’s such a talented actor.

    • Stevie says:

      He’s one of a kind; can’t turn away when he’s on the big screen. Superb actor and cool guy in real life. Sorry haters but that’s the boring truth ;-)