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68 Brilliant Tom Hardy Quotes

English actor Tom Hardy is a rising star who is known for his powerful roles in films like The Warrior, acting as 'Bain' in The Dark Knight Rises, or the "Kray twins" in Legend. Although he generally comes across as a very masculine rough tough type of guy, he is actually the exact opposite. Articulate, creative and a man with a very soft side who absolutely adores his dog. He is well spoken and his quotes are full of thought provoking and witty comments about reality, dreams, and discipline (after his bouts with alcohol and drugs). From these 68 Tom Hardy quotes you may open up a new perspective and angle towards life's many challenges and triumphs.

1.) The Tom Hardy Mantra:

"The only thing I can do is wipe my arse, brush my teeth, turn up and do the best work I can." - Tom Hardy


"I wanted my dad to be proud of me, and I fell into acting because there wasn't anything else I could do, and in it I found a discipline that I wanted to keep coming back to, that I love and I learn about every day." - Tom Hardy


"There's always a certain pride in getting a job done properly." - Tom Hardy


"I want to dispel that it's all about celebrity-ism, I'm fucking bored of people looking at whose shoes are interesting and what hat is interesting. Storytelling is very important to people, it comforts them, unite us, cheers us up, we can affect change with these arts. We need to be entertained to connect." - Tom Hardy

5.) He Absolutely Loves What He Does:

"I'm not really a road dog. I'm a bit of a homeboy. But the reality is, I love what I f**king do." - Tom Hardy


“My job is to show and tell. If I get better at showing and telling then presumably I get hired more." - Tom Hardy


"Fame and stuff like that is all very cool, but at the end of the day, we're all human beings. Although what I do is incredibly surreal and fun and amazing and I'm really grateful for it, I don't believe my own press release, do you know what I mean?" - Tom Hardy

8.) A Day Dreamer:

"I had a huge imagination. My granddad says I was a bit of a Walter Mitty character." - Tom Hardy


"Within the creative arts you can create things and destroy things. Passion creates and destroys." - Tom Hardy


"You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling." - Tom Hardy


"I love to do things I hadn't done before." - Tom Hardy

12.) On Finding His Calling:

"I'd learned how to lie and manipulate from an early age so a combination of that, desperation, having to have my own fridge and my umbilical cord back...I had to go out into the world. Then some angel somewhere said: "Have you considered going to drama school?" And this sounded like the solution to all of my problems." - Tom Hardy

13.) On Being Sober:

"I went entirely off the rails and I'm lucky I didn't have some terrible accident or end up in prison or dead, because that's where I was going. Now I know my beast and I know how to manage it. It's like living with a 400 pound orangutan that wants to kill me. It's much more powerful than me, doesn't speak the same language and it runs around the darkness of my soul." - Tom Hardy


"So, somewhere between that acceptance and doing my homework and being competitive and having ambition and loving my job and observing and reflecting my society, that's where I find the purpose. Because man needs purpose." - Tom Hardy

15.) On Traveling The Path Of The 'Unknown':

"I'm here to challenge myself and to see whether I can shape-shift in an environment that's actually quite daunting, but which I think would be nice to shine a light into. The destination of any interesting drama is that you shine a light into a place that not many people know about." - Tom Hardy


"I don't like it when people say, "Well, you should have expected that when you accepted the jb as an actor. When you go to drama school, no one gives you a class on fame. Just treat people how you wish to be treated. Whether I'm married or not married, people will find out. But it's also not something I'm going to offer." - Tom Hardy


“I get hired more then I get seen more. I get seen more then maybe celebrity and fame happens but at the end of the day there's no difference between my five dollar performance and my fifty million dollar performance. It's not going to make  - Tom Hardy

18.) Tom Hardy's Diet:

"Every time you need protein, get yourself a boiled egg in. But your main meals would be chicken, or hummus, or white fish. You can lose about a pound a day. But you can do this stuff over a period of time, and you can have your happy days. It's about motivation and it has to be something that's realistic for you to keep up." - Tom Hardy


"When I was nine, I ran in a school race, and I suddenly realized I was in the lead. I looked at the finish line, and just freaked out, then ran to the side as if I'd hurt myself. It was everything to do with the fear of success." - Tom Hardy

20.) Ambition & Vision:

"It doesn't matter who you are. What matters is your plan." - Tom Hardy


"I was ashamed of not having any relevance... not being comfortable in my own skin. Huge ego, very low self-esteem. A lot of anger and rage and fear. It would be, 'I'm not going to feel frightened so I'll strangle the biggest guy in the bar and then no one will f**k with me'. I'll get tattoos and people will know I'm not afraid to hurt myself and they'll be like warning signs." - Tom Hardy


"Spirituality seems to me to be for those who've been through hell." - Tom Hardy


"A lot of people say I seem masculine, but I don't feel it. I feel intrinsically feminine. I'd love to be one of the boys but I always felt a bit on the outside. Maybe my masculine qualities come from overcompensating because I'm not one of the boys." - Tom Hardy


"Style, I think, is panache. Who are you? What did you do today? And what are you worth to me? What do you have to offer the world? How did you spend your time today on this planet? How are you spending your time every second? What are you doing now? Are you alive, or are you somnambulant?" - Tom Hardy

25.) On Doing Things that Excited Him:

"In the end there was nothing else I could do. I had a busy head and I didn’t really want to do things that I found boring. The only thing that kept my attention was to play and have fun and manipulate. I’ve always been a liar, always been able to manipulate. I pretty much get whatever I want." - Tom Hardy


"Acting really is a mixture of bullsh*tting and manipulating and the study of action-reaction and camouflage — hiding yourself in other languages, bodies and shapes. Acting channelled me into something. I found some self-esteem and thought, ‘I’m actually quite good at something.’" - Tom Hardy

27.) On His Twisty Turn Career:

"I mean there I was. One moment in Wandsworth Police Station on the way to Wormwood Scrubs, looking at 14 years, to this!" - Tom Hardy


“I find crying difficult. It takes a long time for me to go. And I won’t know what will send me. I’m quite sentimental. If my son tells me he loves me that will make me cry. Mr. Holland’s Opus, unbelievably, broke me. A random anomaly. Bambi would probably do me." - Tom Hardy 


“Responsibility has a cost, and there's no such thing as a perfection." - Tom Hardy 


"And I like people. I like to know what you're really up to. I'm a bit of a nosey busybody. Why do they do the things they do? Why are they prepared to do the things they do to get what they want? When? Where? Who?" - Tom Hardy 


“There's two types of acting: convincing and not convincing. People describe me as intense. It's because I care. I am a pain in the ass because I care. Do I know what I'm doing? No. Do I have the best of intentions? Yes. Does that lead to hell? Sometimes." - Tom Hardy


“I don't feel very manly. I don't feel rugged and strong and capable in real life, not how I imagine a man ought to be. So I seek it, to mimic it and maybe understand it, or maybe to draw it into my own reality. People who are scary, they terrify me, but I can imitate them. I'm not a fighter. I'm a petite little bourgeois boy from London. I don't fight, I mimic." - Tom Hardy 

33.) On Being Mistaken As The 'Macho Guy' Actor:

“It's funny in that because it is acting, and playing pretend, but I didn't see myself being synonymous with these tough-guy roles. That's not really me. I love acting. There was Bane, Warrior, Bronson, and now the Krays. I'm just surprised to be working, mate. Whatever gets me through the door." - Tom Hardy


"I didn't understand how you could do something which is so much fun and be so miserable doing it." - Tom Hardy


"I think it's important that you always transform if you can. That's what I was trained to do. You try and hide yourself as much as you can - that's the key to longevity." - Tom Hardy

36.) Lover Not A Fighter:

"I don’t fight really. I try not to fight, actually. I try not to react. I’m a Buddha floating on a lily pad." - Tom Hardy


"I’m never lost in a character, ever. Everything is absolutely articulated and worked out and there’s no room for error. The only thing there is room for is inspiration in the moment because you’ve done your homework up to that point…." - Tom Hardy

38.) Dog "Obsession" And Testing New Characters:

"It's not an obsession! I love dogs. I really love them. They're always going to be around, doggies. They're special creatures. I love all animals, but I think dogs are just fantastic. Just fantastic. [after quoting an interview where he said, "Dog spelled backwards is God."] - [laughs] Oh, did I say that? Well, that is true. But I do think there's a lot about a dog that we can learn from, and I do put the dog into a lot of my characters because a dog, if you watch them, they're so funny to watch. They speak with their eyes and their body, and I find that fascinating to observe. And another thing about the dog is you can never fool the dog into thinking that you're somebody else, so they're great bullshit monitors - especially for actors. So if you think you can transform, just try and pull off your transformation in front of your dog and I guarantee he'll see right through your greatest transformation, which is quite humbling." - Tom Hardy 


"No matter how much you can prepare for [auditions], there's nothing worse than the anticipation. It's always the killer of everything. The actuality of doing something is normally a lot easier than the waiting for it." - Tom Hardy 



“I play Xbox. I have a little boy to look after. I have dogs. You know, I have things to do. I would love to be able to sit down and watch something like a movie. I watch my own movies because I have to." - Tom Hardy

41.) A Passionate Feminist:

“I identify with having strong, powerful female influences in my life. Do you think that women are fairly represented in screenplays, film, TV, and theatre today? Or do you think there should be better parts for women than just girlfriend and wife or lover? Because I'm bored with that." - Tom Hardy 


"Ju jitsu is very Buddhist. All that we fear we hold close to ourselves to survive. So if you're drowning and you see a corpse floating by, hang on to it because it will rescue you." - Tom Hardy 

43.) On Going To The Same School As Michael Fassbender:

“Yeah, Michael Fassbender was two years above me at drama school and he was the guy. Everybody wanted to be like him-not me, because that's just the way I am and when people tell me they're going to do something, I'm like, "Nah, I'll do the other." But secretly, I was like "Ah, I wish I was as good as him!" He was really, really good. He was a special student in the third year, and then he left and I didn't see him again until we did "Band of Brothers"." - Tom Hardy

44.) :

"It was always in the cards for Michael. It was always in the cards for him. I'm not surprised about him at all, because he was awesome. Me, I don't know how I got here! I feel like I just came from delivering pizza and I got lucky." - Tom Hardy 


"We're all flawed human beings and we all have a cauldron of psychosis which we have to unravel as we grow older and find the way we fit in to live our lives as best as possible." - Tom Hardy 


“I'm from East Sheen, 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 - who I am and what I should have been are two very different things." - Tom Hardy 


"I'm from a nice, suburban, idle-class family, but my tattoos remind me where I've been." - Tom Hardy 

48.) Containing The Voices Within:

"I have a very busy head. I have inside voices that I have learned to contain." - Tom Hardy 

49.) From the Movie "lawless":

"It is not the violence that sets a man apart, it is the distance he is prepared to go." - Tom Hardy


"We are survivors. We control the fear. And without the fear, we are all as good as dead." - Tom Hardy


"I'm going to fail to hit the mark I've put up before me because it's not possible to hit it. I want to be the best at what I do so I've got to get over myself already because that's never going to happen. I ain't ever going to be God." - Tom Hardy

52.) Speaking About One Of His First Major Roles:

“I think I had only been working nine months when I got 'Star Trek,' and it was huge. It was very overwhelming. So that opened my eyes a bit at an early age, kind of how not be frightened when walking into a responsibility of something like that." - Tom Hardy


“There’s no feeling of, ‘I’ve got to be the best in the world.’ I’m going to be the best I can. I tell myself, it’s only storytelling and it’s going to be OK and you love doing this. Pick any one of the reasons to do it and, for the next five minutes, enjoy that." It’s one thing being on top, but knowing what to do while you’re there is something else. Do you milk it for everything it’s worth or try to be choosy in order to gain some longevity?" - Tom Hardy 


"I had no immediate knowledge of the world or Batman at all. I'm quite incubated. I just keep myself to myself and my dog." Tom Hardy 


“My father came from an intellectual and studious avenue as opposed to a brawler's avenue. So I had to go further afield and I brought all kinds of unscrupulous oiks back home - earless, toothless vagabonds - to teach me the arts of the old bagarre." - Tom Hardy 


“There’s a definite detachment between a public persona and a person. it would be insane, for me anyway, to open myself up entirely to the world. There are two things in my world that are important to me — my family and my work — and I will protect both of them fiercely to the death. So when things about me come out, then you can have it, it’s cool, because it will never touch what’s inside here [taps his chest]. Whatever I tell you, it doesn’t matter — it’s yours and it’s to be shared. But then I also have to be very careful not to give away what is most important to me — my privacy." - Tom Hardy


“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 f**king 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 f**k it up." - Tom Hardy 


“There's a long way to go on that, but I do believe that the time is now." - Tom Hardy


“As actors, we have the opportunity to work with many directors. Directors only work with themselves and other actors. They never know what it is like to work with another director. So that relationship that one has with a director is entirely always the king." - Tom Hardy 

60.) On Quitting Drugs & Alcohol: 

“I thought I'd have a little bit of a party, and I'd end up high and frightened, in places that scared me. In a blackout I could end up anywhere, I might wake up somewhere on the other side of London, or in another country or in bed with someone I didn't know, not knowing how I got there. Bleeding. This was on a daily basis and I was going to work, I didn't want to appear rock 'n' roll, I didn't want anyone to know I was out of control, but I couldn't hide it. Eventually, the body gives up, my body told me - I was completely kaput, I was lucky I didn't get hepatitis or AIDS." - Tom Hardy 


"I guess if I had fifty million dollars I could spend more time at home..." - Tom Hardy 

62.) On His Role Model:

“Gary Oldman is my absolute complete and utter hero," he says. "He’s the f*cking man. I look at him and I want to be like that for my generation — I want to have that same quality. He’s incredible." - Tom Hardy 


"Vanity is normal in performers. Does it bother other people? All the time. But nine times out of ten, that says more about them than you." - Tom Hardy 

64.) Thanking His Fans:

"Thanks for all the wonderful paintings and drawings and writings. I am very honoured to have your support, and love you for the energy and the inspiring work and comments that you bring to the table." - Tom Hardy


"I hate publicists and publicity. But I love people." - Tom Hardy

66.) Acting Tips:

“Whatever character you play, remember they are always doing something. They are not just talking. They are alive; going through a drama in which they will go through some sort of dramatic human experience. Keywords: Alive and Experience. It is your job to make them become so. Anything you do on stage or film has a direct relation to something you have experienced in one form or another in real life. Use your imagination to exaggerate or lessen that sensation. Then, disguise it in characterization and don't forget to make lots and lots of mistakes, and look like a complete asshole. You'll do fine." - Tom Hardy

67.) Tom Hardy' More Feminine Side:

“I'm very sensitive. Because my mum was my primary emotional caregiver growing up, I found myself being pinned into dresses, darting her dresses, choosing her high heels for the evening or what to wear. I'm very much a mommy's boy" - Tom Hardy 

68.) More On His Inspiration Gary Oldman:

"Gary Oldman is my hero, that's it. When I went to drama school everybody used to quote him in all his films, you know "State of Grace" right through to "Léon: The Professional" or whatever. And I'd sit there really quietly and think "No, no, you don't know. I'm more of a Gary Oldman fan than you are." When you do an impression of him, that's sacrilege! So to work with him, for him to look me in the eye, talk to me... acknowledge I exist! Cos I'm not star struck by people, but Gary just took the wind right out of me. I'm very lucky we had to reshoot those scenes on the couch because the first task that I did was just me watching him, because I was shocked to actually be working with him. Then for him to actually like me, and to work three times with him - cos we did "Lawless" afterwards. I remember saying "Would you look at the script, it's really cool", and he's like "Yeah, sure". This is crazy, you know? This is a man that I've stolen everything that I've done from, like "Bronson" and "Stuart: A Life Backwards". That's me trying to emulate what Gary's done, and to work with him makes me feel like I don't have any characters of my own." - Tom Hardy 


“I’m not interested in walks in the parks. Anything difficult that people think I couldn’t play, I’m straight at it. If they say ‘Tom, don’t put your hand in the fire’, you know I’ll be coming out of casualty an hour later with third-degree burns and bandages up my arms." - Tom Hardy


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