Tom Hardy took Esquire on a trip down memory lane while on a Triumph Thruxton fitted with a 1200cc engine. But when riding past the prep school Hardy attended as a kid, he saw a woman, blood covering her face, lying half on the sidewalk and half on the street. Hardy pulled over, saying he knew her: She was the mother of one of Hardy’s childhood friends.
Esquire called her Mae (names were changed to protect privacy). Someone in the crowd said that she tripped while walking her dog. An ambulance came and Mae’s son showed up. Once she was loaded into the ambulance, Hardy turned his attention to her son, his friend Albert.
“Your mom took a whack to the forehead. But I’m not concerned immediately, ’cause she’s responding better than when we arrived. And ’cause they’re not rushing off. You settle in at the hospital, and then we’ll meet you,” Hardy said to him, according to Esquire. When Albert protested, Hardy said, “I’m one of your best mates, and I love you.” He gave Albert some money (“just for now”) and called Albert’s wife once Albert was on his way to the hospital.
Esquire writes that there are two sides to Hardy: Private Tom and Public Hardy. He tries to keep them separate, and hopes they never meet, though sometimes that is out of his control. He is an accomplished actor in the U.S., with his new film Venom hitting theaters in October, but in his home country he is a national treasure. He was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, which, while not as prestigious as knighthood, is on the same scale. Glamour UK named him the sexiest man of 2018. You can learn more about Hardy in Esquire’s cover story, and watch the trailer for Venom below.
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