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Tom Hardy seems like a pretty laid-back guy, right? Everything from his old Myspace profile, to his lesser-heard 90s hip-hop mix-tape, and his love of his dogs (seriously, he really loves his dogs) speaks of a guy who loves a bit of fun and doesn't take life so seriously.
Apparently, that definitely does not extend to people who want to take pictures of his kids.
It's a completely understandable impulse, he wants to keep his kid's lives as private as possible - after all, nobody should have to grow up through their formative years having snaps taken of them by random folk because their dad was in Inception.
Anyway, he told Esquire recently that he is so passionate about his kid's privacy that he'll basically deck anyone who breaks the rules when it comes to them.
He told the magazine: "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."
Wow, fair enough then. Duly noted.
Hardy has got two kids. He has a 10-year-old son, Louis, with his ex-girlfriend, Rachael Speed, and a two-year-old daughter with his wife, Charlotte Riley.
It has also been rumoured that Riley is pregnant with the pair's second child.
Obviously, Hardy is not unreasonable. He understands that people are going to want to take pictures of him, and possibly even his wife, however, he is very clear that his kids are not old enough to be in the public eye. You'd have to agree with him, too.
He continued: "It's like spotting a giraffe walking down the street. I get it. I can see people's behaviour, I can see when a camera's coming, I can see when a phone is moving, I can see people's body language.
"There is no difference between that and a weapon. The hyper-vigilance. It's just odd. But [pictures of my] kids are a fucking no.
"They really are. And that's what really bothers me, and it will fast-track me immediately to respond like any father in any situation, regardless of where they come from and what they've been through."
Get it? Good. You shouldn't be taking pictures of ANYONE's kids, anyhow.
However, the interest Tom Hardy is unlikely to wane any time soon. He's just about to hit cinemas in Venom this October and is playing the infamous gangster Al Capone in Fonzo, which has yet to be given a release date.
If you needed another reason to keep your phone camera pointed away from his kids, remember that this is a guy who has studied in-depth the mannerisms of Al Capone, Charles Bronson, Ronnie AND Reggie Kray, and an ultra-violent alien symbiote bent on destruction.
Just bear that in mind.
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