Tom Hardy, who was promoting his new film Legend, appeared bewildered when asked about his sexuality at the festival

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated December 01, 2020 11:02 PM
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Don’t mess with Tom Hardy.

The actor proved that a press junket for his upcoming film Legend was neither the time nor the place for personal questions when he shut down a reporter asking about sexuality at the Toronto International Film Festival.

While Hardy was speaking about his film Legend, in which Hardy plays a man and his gay twin, a reporter asked him about his own sexual orientation. Referring to past media reports the hinted at an “ambiguous” sexuality, the reporter asked if Hardy found it hard to discuss his sexuality.

Bewildered by the sudden change of subject, Hardy shot back at the reporter, asking, “What on earth are you on about?”

“I was referring to an interview given to Attitude magazine a few years ago,” the reporter tried to clarify, citing Hardy’s alleged comments about experimenting sexually he was younger – comments that the actor has since claimed were taken out of context.

Still confused, the actor asked the reporter to restate his question.

“I was wondering if you find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality,” the resporter said. Hardy, who is expecting a child with wife Charlotte Riley, replied, “I don’t find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality.”

After a short pause, Hardy asked, “Are you asking about my sexuality?”

“Um, sure,” replied the reporter.

“Why?” Hardy asked.

Before the reporter had a chance to answer, the actor jumped in, saying, “Thank you.”

Clearly, it was time to move on.

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