Tom Hardy has opened up about his history of drug abuse ahead of the release of his biggest lead role to date, Mad Max: Fury Road.
The actor from London is quickly becoming one of the most sought after lead actors in Hollywood, but is, according to himself, “f*cking lucky to be alive” after his long and murky past as a drug addict and “shameful suburban statistic.”
According to Yahoo! New Zealand, Tom currently lives a life of sobriety, but it wasn’t always that way…
I would have sold my mother for a rock of crack. I was a shameful suburban statistic. I was told very clearly, ‘you go down that road, Tom, you won’t come back. That’s it. All you need to know’.Advertisement
And that message stayed with me clearly for the rest of my days. I am f***ing lucky to be here, to be honest.
The actor has now been clean for 12 years and claims that it was a very clear statement that got him back to a better place.
I was told very clearly, ‘You go down that road, Tom, you won’t come back. That’s it. All you need to know.’ That message stayed with me clearly for the rest of my days. I am fucking lucky to be here.Advertisement
On his road to fame, Hardy played huge characters such as Bronson and Bane in the Dark Knight Rises, and there is no doubt that his murky past helped bring an added darkness to those roles.