Tom Hardy on his chav past: ‘I’ve got no shame about my MySpace photos’

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When Tom Hardy really broke through internationally, he had already been somewhat famous in the UK for several years. He really got widespread notice in Inception, remember? But before then, Tom was just sort of known in the UK as a chav, the kind of dude who had a MySpace page full of shirtless photos, tattoos, trucker hats, kissy-faces and utter craziness – go here to reminisce about the glory of his MySpace page. Anyway, every so often, those MySpace photos make their way into a Buzzfeed post or some blog post and new fans get the chance to enjoy them. To his credit, Tom has never really seemed outright embarassed about the old pics, but he probably wishes they would just go away. Or at the very least, he probably wishes he would stop getting questions about them! He was being interviewed by Sky News and of course he got a question about the old pics. His answer was amazing:

Tom Hardy insists he has no regrets about a MySpace profile that continues to haunt him today. Some of Hardy’s more memorable photos show him pouting, wearing wigs and with junk food, usually while wearing a pair of boxers and not much else. Outlandish quotes from his profile included: “My head is like a dangerous neighbourhood I should never be in it without an appropriate adult. Left to my own devices I’ll crash the motor,” and, “I am a goldfish walking through a desert.”

But Hardy is unfazed by the attention they continue to receive, telling Sky News: “I’ve got no shame about my MySpace photos, especially the one of me in my underpants which is a glorious photo of a man in his natural habitat. In my tighty-whitey budgie smugglers. In America, they say ‘you should be ashamed of this’ but I’m actually not remotely ashamed – that is me in my natural habitat, thank you. I might not be an Adonis, but I like to think of myself as an Adonis in that photo.”

[From The Independent]

Bless him. This reminds me a little bit of Channing Tatum’s reaction to being “outed” as a former stripper – he owned it, showed he had a sense of humor about it, and ended up making those experiences into a successful franchise. Tom, on the other hand, rarely takes those chav-tastic roles anymore. He’s trying to go legit!

Meanwhile, he chatted with MTV over the weekend about all kinds of things. When asked if he’d still like to be a part of the DC Comics universe, he said: “Of course. I’m Bane. Somebody asked me who would I want to win out in a fight between Superman and Batman and I would like to hold the pair of them under the water until the bubbles stop.” He also chatted about the idea of being James Bond:

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Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, Tom’s old MySpace page.

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  1. Shambles says:

    No ragrets. Give me all the MySpace pictures.

    ETA: thank you for using the word “chav” so that I could reminisce on the awesomeness of “The Misfits.”

    • Ysohawt1 says:

      I loved his MySpace photos, they were so raw, funny, quirky. I LMAO.

      He can do no wrong,

    • Swordspoint says:

      Misfits!! My husband and I have just discovered this show on Netflix and have been binge-watching for the past week. We are just finishing the second series and I am really enjoying it. I admit to inappropriate feelings about Simon.

  2. Jasper says:

    He is so hot – he can do no wrong!

  3. Sixer says:

    The Bloke is quite possibly the world’s biggest plonker. But try as he might, he can’t put me off.

    • Shambles says:

      Plonker?! That is amazing. I’m assuming it translates to something along the lines of “douchecanoe”

    • Franca says:

      Is the word plonker from Only Fools And Horses? That show has like a cilt following all across the Balkans.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      This is my word of the day. I shall use it at least three times in polite company for sh*ts and giggles.

      My phrase of the day is “tighty-whitey budgie smugglers”. That may be a bit of a challenge to incorporate into my conversations with colleagues, but I’ll give it a go.

    • Sixer says:

      I actually didn’t say that on purpose as a Britishism!

      Meaning: twit. Origin: marginally rude slang for penis.

      I suppose it would translate as um… “tool”? But with a more lighthearted intent. And yes, popularised by Only Fools and Horses.

  4. Mark says:

    ‘those chav-tastic roles anymore’

    The classism is strong with this one. Tom Hardy has gone through his low income working class phase now he’s acceptable.

    Filthy Chav

  5. jinni says:

    But he’s not a real chav, as in someone that grew up poor and in the hood, right? I could have sworn he came from well off parents. I always got the feeling he was like one of those middle class kids that thought being poor was being “real” and would hang out and mime the behavior of chav kids as a form of rebellion against his bourgeois roots. Am I thinking of someone else?

  6. I love his myspace photos. Anytime anyone says men aren’t all try hard like women are on social media…..he’s who I think of. Plus, dem lips!

  7. Darkladi says:

    Personally, I’d like to thank you for your MySpace pics in all of their goofy, slutty glory.

  8. Kitten says:

    OMG Thank you for introducing me to his Myspace pics. I’m late to the game I guess.
    How chavtastic!

  9. Nonny says:

    Chav, redneck or as we say in Scotland………Jakey :-)

    • iseepinkelefants says:

      As we say in France, Raul. Add to that Australian for bogan. What do they call it in South Africa zef? Or whatever die antwoord are.

  10. Adrien says:

    Oh my, Myspace. The story brought back duck face memories.

  11. Shelley says:

    LMAO…he really grew into his hotness.

  12. Lucy says:

    He’s absolutely fabulous!

  13. Shijel says:

    I’ve seen photos of Chav!Hardy with a kissy face and his barenaked backside high up in the air. Kind of makes me remember the rumours that he samples from both honeypots and ale kegs. Screw it though, the fact that he just brutally decides to own it turns these photos from hilarious and embarrassing to thoroughly awesome. Go Hard…y.

    • Bread and Circuses says:

      I don’t think that’s a rumour. I think he has freely admitted to having had both homo- and heterosexual encounters, and he did it with exactly the same, “Yeah, no shame, and no big deal,” attitude he has regarding his MySpace pics of hilarious sluttiness.

  14. Hannah says:

    A chav? Tom was never considered a chav in England.
    He’s a public school boy from Richmond. I don’t know why people insist on calling him working class, cockney or chav. He’s really from a nice upper middle class family brought up in an affluent part of suburban London. It’s just image. A bit like when from rags to riches rappers wanna be posh …but the other way around.

    • hmph says:

      He looks very “common” IMO. He just has that face…idk how to explain it but if you’ve seen chavs you know what I mean, well, some of you know what I mean.

      • Hannah says:

        Of course i have seen chavs, I live in England . It’s not a fashion or look it’s a social economic class (and culture).My point was that he may have take cues from chav culture but he isn’t one, just like p diddy didnt grow up on the upper east side with a summer house in the hamptons.

        It’s funny actually, the other day I saw someone claim Tom is more street than idris Elba. Elba really is a working class east end boy. Like I said it’s all about image projected. At least if you are not from these parts. It’s probably because most people on this site are American and not familiar with British youth culture.

    • seesittellsit says:

      He’s nice middle-class but he’s not in the same posh drawer as Redmayne or Hiddleston or Cumberbatch or West. He’s no working-class bloke but he’s not Eton/Harrow, either.

      • Leah says:

        Tom is most definitely from a well off background. To call him a chav is very misleading, a chav is a white working class person typically from a council estate.

        In toms own words:
        “I went to public school where I learned Latin at the age of nine, and certain expectations were made of me to go to St Paul’s, Oxbridge maybe, and all that kind of thing. And I failed systematically to meet the mark”

    • mkyarwood says:

      I’m pretty sure it’s only because of his gold chain and his Heathcliffe.

    • KLM says:

      Which “rags to riches” rappers wanna be posh? They wanna display a lot of money and excess, but that’s more a wealth thing and less a posh thing.

  15. zoya says:

    His lips though. *fans self*

  16. seesittellsit says:

    Those lips can say anything they want to me.

  17. “I may not be an Adonis”…..except that you are. Oh Tom, you SO are.

  18. Ferdinand says:

    When I first noticed Hardy, was because of his English films. The first thing I saw in cinemas with him in it was “Dot the I”. Since then I’ve been a fan.

    Back in the day he even had a fanpage dedicated to him and he was so close and open to it he even shared personal pictures with his child or even wrote small things here and there about what he was up to and so.

    I really missed that Tom. Ever since he came to America he locked himself up. It would be nice to have I old block back.

  19. Becki says:

    I.LOVE.THIS!!! *drool*

  20. moon says:

    Him and the Cumberbatch were in a movie together a while back called Stuart A Life Backwards, and he was wonderful in that movie.