Tom Hardy + Bronson
The magazine Dogs Today interviewed Tom Hardy in 2007, and in their latest issue, July 2014, they’ve reproduced that interview, along with a photo of Tom and Max. (I’ve only transcribed the parts including the interview from 2007, the rest was taken from other articles in other magazines.)
Dogs today last spoke to actor Tom Hardy in 2007. I think he may have phones us; my memory is a little patchy. I remember he was really keen to have his dog, Max in the magazine.
Tom’s beloved dog Staffie-Labrador, Max, was 13 when we spoke to him. He had a little bit of blue in his eyes and you could tell Tom was treasuring the days, as you do with your golden oldies.
He told us, “A friend of mine had a Staff-Labrador cross called Cass, she was mustard coloured and I really wanted her.” Tom mentioned that if Cass ever had puppies, he’d be interested in one - and when Tom was 17, his wish came true. “I went round to visit her and Max was there. I think dogs choose you.”
He also told us about the time he found a Jack Russell puppy tied up outside a pub. After waiting with the dog for 15 minutes, “This guy came out with an ashtray of water.” He was drunk and obviously not well. “I didn’t want to leave the dog with him, because he asked, ‘How much will you give me for the dog?’” Tom gave the own er money and found Daphne the dog a home with the mother of his then girlfriend.
When he had worked in Morocco for 10 months on Black Hawk Down, Tom was deeply saddened by all the stray dogs. “You just want to love them and hold them,” he told us. “We used to go to the supermarkets and get them flea stuff, pills, and feed them up. When I see people beating up dogs, I get very angry. Maybe it’s because a dog can’t speak for itself and we project a lot of human emotions on to a dog, which I should be feeling for our fellow human beings.”
Max used to go to drama school with Tom. “I wouldn’t go to class unless Max was allowed in,” recalls Tom. “My old drama teacher said, ‘I remember when you used to walk into class with your dog in one hand and a can of coke in the other.’ Max was my support unit, it’s like I had a focus, I had an identity and higher self-esteem because something relied on me and loved me constantly. Then I felt important. I can’t stand those kind that fight their dogs, but I wonder how many sleep with their dogs under the covers at night? I’m very, very lucky that people - from 17 to now - have always allowed me to have my dog around.”
Max went everywhere with Tom. He even played a homeless dog named Moose in one of his films, Stuart: A Life Backwards.
Tom’s job can involve travelling, and sometimes that meant Max had to stay behind. For UK jobs, though, Max was Tom’s primary consideration. “If we’re shooting in England, my first priority is whether I can take my dog and get him in the contract. When I have to leave him behind, I miss him so much. He’s like a part of me; he’s my boy. And nothing will make me cry like Max.”
"My dog’s named after Mad Max - the people who gave him to me when I was 17 said he was Mad Max. I thought: ‘I don’t like that name - and he’s not mad, he’s a puppy.’"
Portrait of Tom at the Locke premiere in Birmingham. (April 2014)
Photograph by Cat Bradley
storytelling is very important to people, it comforts them, unite us, cheers us up, we can affect change with these arts. We need to be entertained to connect.
Sergeant Slaughter, My Big Brother (2011) - On set with Tom Hardy, Director Greg Williams (ph. 2/3)
Photograph by Simon Tang
Who owns the camera, Greg or Tom? :D
“There are so many fucking wankers out there that talk about the craft and the art. When people talk about it, nines times out of 10, they’re full of shit. Basic Lying 101 is what it comes down to. Don’t get me wrong, there is a huge amount of craft and a huge amount of passion that goes into a vocation in the arts, but it comes to the point where you go: Is it fun? Am I enjoying myself? Am I connecting?”
Poster’s note: Legend v.2
also a couple of frequently asked questions answered ;)
Q:what did you do to your pinky and how did you get the scar under your chin?
A:Stabbed a knife into a chopping board and severed a very tiny little tendon in little finger – had 3 operations to be able to close it make a fist but can’t straighten it.
One scar face I Fell off a chair superbly doing a dance class contemporary ballet got the better of me
2nd My mate Kelly kicked me during a stage fight at drama school in the ass pushing my face into the floor, I was on all fours at the time and clearly asking for trouble
SO…now y’all know:)
Reddit AMA: Tom Hardy
↳”That I’m not crazy. I’m actually not crazy, that I genuinely care. And I’m actually rather pedestrian, and genuinely honest.”