Stop the presses, cancel the parade, tell the Queen to stop blubbing...the worst that we feared might well be about to come to pass.
Tom Hardy, everyone's favourite actor bar none and you're wrong if you think otherwise, is thinking of calling it a day.
The revelation came in an interview that the actor did with Esquire magazine, a rambling stroll through Hardy's childhood haunts around Richmond and suburban West London.
In the midst of the dissection of his career and the hype around his upcoming role as Venom in the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe mega-offering, Hardy chews the fat on the point of it all and whether it is worth keeping it up.
"You've summited Everest," said Hardy. "It's a miracle that you've made it anywhere near the fucking mountain, let alone climbed it.
"Do you want to go all the way back and do it again? Or do you want to get off the mountain and go fucking find a beach?
"What is it that draws you to the craft? At this age, I don't know anymore. I've kind of had enough. If I'm being brutally honest, I want to go on with my life."
The strains of filming Venom - 19 hours a day for six weeks at a time - seem to have taken their toll, as has spending such a long period away from his wife and young child.
Hardy knows, however, that he has moved over from a mere actor into a more all-encompassing pop culture phenomenon, especially in his native UK.
"I've crossed the line of being a public figure," he says. "And I accept that means to a certain degree I'm public property, even though I project an image of myself to them.
"The downside of being overt is you invite darkness. It only takes one person to cause real harm. That's not being paranoid. That's just facts."
The intrusion can become tiring at times.
"I will pose for you, and photos of me and my wife are fine, but if someone takes a photo of my kids, all bets are off. I will take the camera off you and beat the fucking shit out of you," he adds.
"That's the one that hurts. My kids didn't ask for what my job is. There's something that really upsets me about the imposition of a grown-up world on a child."
Even if he quits, it would not be the end of his association with the industry.
"What I'd like to do is produce. Write. Direct," he tells Esquire - and he is well on the way to making a career in it. He has formed a production company, Hardy Son & Baker, with his father and already made his first show, Taboo, which broke streaming records on the BBC last year.
We might not see him in front of the camera, but it doesn't seem like Tom Hardy is totally done yet.
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