Actor cut off a journalist who asked about his sexuality during a recent press conference
Tom Hardy has revealed that he was “really, really annoyed” by a journalist who “inelegantly” asked about his sexuality during a recent press conference.
The actor is currently promoting Legend, a film about notorious East End gangsters the Kray twins in which he portrays both Reggie Kray, who was heterosexual, and Ronnie Kray, who was probably homosexual.
During a Legend press conference at Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, Graeme Coleman of LGBT website Daily Xtra took the opportunity to ask Hardy about his own sexuality.
The journalist asked Hardy, “Do you find it hard for celebrities to talk to media about their sexuality?”, to which the actor replied, “What on earth are you on about?” An awkward exchanged followed in which the journalist confirmed that he was in fact trying to ask Hardy about his own sexuality, which prompted the actor to cut him off abruptly.
Recalling the uncomfortable incident, which was captured on camera, Hardy told Entertainment Weekly: “That really, really annoyed me. It was just the inelegance of being asked in a room full of people.”
“Now I’m happy to have a conversation, a discussion, at a reasonable time about anything. I’m confident in my own sexuality, and I’m also confident in my own being and talking about any issue you want to talk about it. But there is a time and a place for that,” Hardy added.
The actor went on admit that he found it “very humiliating” that the journalist had tried to “openly and inelegantly pursue a line of questioning” which he was aware could be “quite awkward”.
Tom Hardy’s sexuality has been a frequent talking point since the actor gave an interview given to Attitude magazine in 2008 in which he apparently revealed that he had enjoyed sexual relations with men. The actor has since suggested that comments he made during the interview were taken out context and repeatedly confirmed that he considers himself heterosexual.