Last Wednesday night, Tom Hardy walked the red carpet for The Revenant in LA. He looked especially grumpy and “over it,” and I suspected that his grumpiness was the result of a combination of factors. One, after giving up nearly two years of his life to make this film under terrible circumstances, Tom’s performance is being virtually ignored because everything is all about Getting Leonardo DiCaprio An Oscar. Two, I think Tom probably hated leaving London so soon after his wife gave birth to their baby. Three, Tom didn’t have a dog on the red carpet. I think he just gets depressed when he’s not around dogs.
Anyway, so we’ve established that he was grumpy, perhaps for good reason. It also seems like Tom was acting like a grumpy fussbucket during the junket in LA too. Drew McWeeny at HitFix rage-tweeted his complaints about Tom on Friday. Apparently, Tom made reporters wait four hours, and even then, he was canceling interviews after making reporters wait. You can see the full Twitter rant here. This is what Drew tweeted, in chronological order (and minor edits for obscenities):
I’ll say it: Tom Hardy should stop doing junkets. He’s terrible at them, and he makes it impossible for anyone to do their jobs. F–k him.
Tom Hardy could be set to play me in a movie, and I still wouldn’t interview him about it. Besides, his answers would all be, “Ghbbbbygy.”
I’ve seen Tom Hardy make publicists cry. He chose to take a nap during my scheduled time in Toronto. Today’s REVENANT junket was a joke.
I get it, dude. Being a movie star is a burden. Thanks for making my job impossible because you’re such a delicate f–king flower.
No one HAS to do press or give interviews. But if you’re going to, don’t be a piece of sh-t about it. Thanks.
And, yeah, I considered not saying anything. But my time is worth something, and Tom Hardy is just an actor. No more tip-toeing.
Spoiled babies like Hardy count on the press needing access to them and staying quiet about how badly they behave. Dick move.
You know who was lovely today? Domnhall Gleeson. You know who else was? Will Poulter.
Whoa. Can I just say? I think I’m on Team Drew here. We’ve all seen Tom be dickish to reporters, only we made excuses for him (“they shouldn’t have asked him that!” or “he’s such a feminist for his mumbled one-word answer!”). But the dude/bloke hates doing press and he makes it obvious. He is okay doing long-form print interviews, but God knows how much stress and drama goes into setting up those pieces. The art of the junket is completely different – some actors are great at selling their movies to whomever, they’re great at being pithy and fun and professional. Some actors are not good at it. So… the solution should be “Don’t put Tom Hardy in a junket any time soon.” And “someone tell him that he’s being a giant baby.”
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