Tom Hardy is one of the great actors of our time. His genius is on display in every motion picture you see him in. Off screen, his rugged looks, out-of-fucks-to-give attitude and big heart make his allurement unmatched in the business. In 2015, he was asked in an interview for GQ what it means to become a better man? A great man?
His response was brilliant:
“A great man is largely forgotten by the public. He doesn’t stand on top of a mountain waving a flag saying, ‘Look at me—I’m a great man.’ A great man often disappears into the ether. Hardly anyone notices that he was even there, apart from his family and close friends. He was reliable. He showed up. He was there. He was useful where he could be. He made mistakes. Tried to make better of those mistakes. Doesn’t mean you have to cure cancer or understand the theory of relativity. It’s not necessarily as rock-and-roll or as cool as you might think. Part of being a great man is accepting that. To dare to be average and normal is actually a pathway to becoming a great man. To have more humility. To accept responsibility more. To just get on with what’s in front of your face. And to leave no fucking indelible mark of your ever being here, apart from the fact that you were there for your family to the best of your ability. It’s not an easy task. I’ll probably fuck it up.”
The interviewer then asked him what scares him and how he deals with fear, Hardy says: