Tom Hardy Opens Up About His Serious Drug Addiction Past
Tom Hardy has revealed his struggle to beat crack cocaine, naming his drug addiction as the lowest point in his life.
Speaking candidly in an interview with Essentials magazine, the 37-year old spoke about the difficulty he had in settling into Hollywood – fighting to be recognised and accepted for who he was.
Speaking about his role as Bane, The Dark Knight Rises star said:
“People didn’t sit up and take any notice of me until I started putting on weight, kicking people and being aggressive!
“The trouble with Hollywood is they want you to be something, then they think you’re who they wanted you to be. I’m not a fighter. I’m a petite little bourgeois boy from London.”
The actor revealed in the interview that he was starting to spiral into drug addiction with crack cocaine when he was given a stern warning:
“I was told very clearly, “You go down that road, Tom, you won’t come back”. That message stayed with me clearly for the rest of my days. I am f***ing lucky to be here.
“I would have sold my mother for a rock of crack.”
The actor, who is married to actress Charlotte Riley and father to Louis, (8) credits his wife for helping him stay straight, adding:
“My wife is an actor, so she sort of gets it. She’s just a very kind person. I’m very lucky.”