He plays a pair of violent criminal twins. The film, Legend, has Hardy playing an openly gay man in the 1960s. During a press conference for the film at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, a question was asked by a reporter for an LGBT publication, Daily Xtra. Reporter Graeme Coleman seemed to start out well but was quickly derailed by the to-the-point Hardy when his question didn't seem to come out the way he had planned.
Coleman asked, "In the film, your character, Ronnie, is very open about his sexuality, but given interviews you’ve done in the past, your own sexuality seems a bit more ambiguous."
Not a terrible start, but here is where things went awry. He continued, "Do you find it hard for celebrities to talk to the media about their sexuality?"
Excuse me, what?
You can hear the brief and uncomfortable interchange around minute 28.
What started off with seemingly good intentions or possibly even a really good question took a nosedive off a cliff, crashed and burned. From the wreckage, the reporter kept trying to salvage something but, again, failed miserably as Hardy quickly and emphatically shut him down.
He responded, "What on earth are you talking about?"
Coleman tried to explain; Hardy asked again, "But what is your question?"
Hardy finally said, Thank you," and moved on to the next question as if nothing had happened.
Back in 2008, Hardy posed for the cover of a British gay magazine, Attitude, and in an interview for the magazine, danced around if he had or hadn't slept with men. He said many things, such as, "I'm an artist. I've played with everything and everyone," but immediately followed it up with, “but I’m not into men sexually." Then he confused us all again by saying, "I'm into my 30s and it doesn't do it for me, and I'm done experimenting."
Since then, Hardy hasn't talked about his sexuality at all. So the reporter's question wasn't completely off the mark, it just got slightly lost in translation. Had he thought it out better, maybe framed it to relate to the film by saying something like, "How did your own sexuality help prepare you, etc.," it possibly wouldn't have come off as so prying or awkwardly asking Hardy about the sexuality of the rest of Hollywood.
Moral of the story: Prepare your questions more solidly for the next press conference.
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