Tom Hardy admits he is lucky to be alive.
The Hollywood hunk was warned that it’s a one-way road with addiction and on remembering that advice he now lives a life of sobriety.
The Mad Max: Fury Road star admitted: ”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.’ And that message stayed with me clearly for the rest of my days. I am f***ing lucky to be here, to be honest.”
These days, the actor – who voiced Bane in The Dark Knight Rises – is happily married and living a clean and healthy life.
On his wife Charlotte Riley, who starred in Edge of Tomorrow, he said: ”My wife is an actor, so she sort of gets it. She’s just a very kind person. I’m very lucky.”
But at one time, the star, 37, was so desperate to feed his cocaine problem, he admitted: ”I would have sold my mother for a rock of crack.”
The only reputation Hardy has now is as film’s ”hard man.”
He told Essentials magazine: ”People didn’t sit up and take any notice of me until I started putting on weight, kicking people and being aggressive! The trouble with Hollywood is that they want you to be something, then they think you’re who they wanted you to be. I’m not a fighter. I’m a petite little bourgeois boy from London.”