Tom Hardy Defines Masculinity

“You have to fully accept your own masculinity.”

“You have to fully accept your own masculinity. But that has nothing to do with being macho,” Tom Hardy explains. “It also means that you can be like a mother; you can have a caring role.”

In an interview with The Red Bulletin, the star of The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road says that he believes the essence of manhood is having the strength to feel empathy. Hardy has a lot of it, especially for soldiers.

The actor wears armbands to signal his support of solider relief and assistance organizations like Help for Heroes. “I have a lot of friends in the army, and some of them have lost limbs or suffered serious mental trauma. These are people who fight for our freedom … It’s important to know that there are people like that in this world we live in. We shouldn’t turn our backs on them.”

In terms of what makes a man a man, Hardy also lists “consideration, patience, and cognitive skills,” as well as “mutual respect,” “discipline,” and humility (though he doesn’t utter that word). “You also need to know that you can balls it up, look stupid, and fail. But you carry on. You can’t win a fight if you haven’t been knocked out first. You don’t know what winning is if you don’t know what losing feels like.”

(Via The Red Bulletin)