On Saturday, during a Toronto International Film Festival press conference for Legend, a reporter asked Hardy about his sexuality. It did not go well.
On the surface, it seems like a bizarre route to go down considering that Hardy is currently promoting a film about London gangsters the Kray Twins, rather than a movie focusing on LGBT rights.
However, Hardy did previously claim in a 2008 interview with Attitude magazine that he’d had relations with men, which he later backpedaled from and said his words were ‘misconstrued’, so there was some logic behind Graeme Coleman’s question.
The 37-year-old, however, did not think the question was relevant (or he was having a bad day) and he let the reporter from LGBT site ‘Daily Xtra’ know in no uncertain terms.
Without missing a beat, Hardy shut the reporter down entirely.
You can check it out for yourself at around the 28-minute mark of this video:
The awkward exchange in full went as follows:
Coleman: “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. Do you find it hard for celebrities to talk to media about their sexuality?”
Hardy: “What on earth are you on about?”
Coleman: “I was referring to an interview given to Attitude magazine a few years ago.”
Hardy: “But what is your question?”
Coleman: “I was wondering if you find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality?”
Hardy: “I don’t find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality. Are you asking me about my sexuality?”
Coleman: “Erm, sure.”
Hardy: “Thank you.”
Ice cold! I don’t think the reporter was expecting this response – although it does seem to imply that he was right and celebrities do find it difficult to talk about their sexuality, so there you go…