Tom Hardy talks about his life on drugs and admitted he would have sold his own mother for crack in the grip of addiction. The Mad Max: Fury Road actor, who is the one of the biggest stars of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, spoke candidly about his darkest days to Yahoo! New Zealand. He said he’s very much lucky that he didn’t die of an overdose.
“I would have sold my mother for a rock of crack. I was a shameful suburban statistic. I was told very clearly, ‘You go down that road, Tom, you won’t come back. That’s it. All you need to know’. That message stayed with me clearly for the rest of my days. I am f***ing lucky to be here.”
Hardy eventually married Peaky Blinders actress Charlotte Riley last year and has seven-year-old son Louis, with his ex-girlfriend Rachael Speed. Tom didn’t become famous overnight. He still had an issue with drugs to battle.
The actor hit rock bottom from drugs in 2003 when he found himself in a pool of blood and vomit in his hotel. He later checked into rehab and he’s been clean and sober ever since, but admits it’s still a daily struggle.
Tom started to get bigger and bigger roles. Hardy starred in the likes of The Dark Knight Rises, Bronson and Warrior before becoming a Hollywood star.
“The trouble with Hollywood is they want you to be something, then they think you’re who they wanted you to be,” he said. “I’m not a fighter. I’m a petite little bourgeois boy from London. People didn’t sit up and take any notice of me until I started putting on weight, kicking people and being aggressive!”
Tom Hardy’s battle with drugs was over and he would appear as both of the notorious Kray twins in the drama Legend following his lead role in the eagerly-anticipated Mad Max: Fury Road. Tom might have to throw a few more punches before he can move onto different roles in his career.
These days, Hardy is headed down a much more successful road - specifically “Fury Road,” the new Mad Max reboot that opens Friday. Tom plays the titular ex-highway patrolman Max Rockatansky, the role that made Mel Gibson a star.
The film received an added jolt of buzz last week when Gibson surprised Hardy, co-star Charlize Theron and director George Miller by showing up at the Los Angeles premiere. Tom is right on the money in his new role.
Check out the film when it comes out this weekend. Do you think Tom Hardy learned from drugs?