Tom Hardy is on the cover of both the U.S. and U.K. editions of Esquire, with a different interview running in each edition.
In the story running in the magazine’s U.S version, Hardy touches on a variety of topics, including turning 40, his upcoming role in “Venom”, and receiving an invite to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Of “Venom”, Hardy discusses taking on his biggest role to date. “Sounds like a lot of pressure, doesn’t it? So I spoke to the only person I could really trust in this environment: my older boy. [His comic-book-loving son] was a huge influence on me doing the role.”
To portray the comic book character, Hardy drew on a variety of unusual influences. “Woody Allen’s tortured neurosis and all the humour that can come from that,” he explains. “[UFC fighter] Conor McGregor — the uberviolence but not all the talking. And Redman: out of control, living rent-free in his head.”
Asked about why he was invited to the royal wedding, Hardy refuses to divulge details. “It’s deeply private,” he says. “Harry is a f**king legend.”
Having just turned 40, Hardy offers some perspective on reaching that milestone. “You’ve summited Everest. It’s a miracle that you’ve made it anywhere near the f**king mountain, let alone climbed it. Do you want to go all the way back and do it again? Or do you want to get off the mountain and go f**king find a beach? What is it that draws you to the craft? At this age, I don’t know anymore. I’ve kind of had enough. If I’m brutally honest, I want to go on with my life.”
He’s also learned to trust his instincts. “Nine times out of 10, when somebody says, ‘Don’t do that,’ my instinct is to say, ‘That has to be done,'” he says. “I grew up in the neighbourhood being a d**k. I’ve learned and will continue to learn from being a d**k. To try and somehow chisel myself into being a human being so I can respect myself when I look in the mirror. And that’s a procedure that will go on until I die.”
You can read more with Hardy in the September issue of Esquire.