The Revenant junket happened the other day. Tom Hardy was available for interviews. But, actually, not really. Hitfix’s Drew McWeeny was supposed to interview Tom and was f-cked over. Normally when that happens, we’re too afraid to talk sh-t about the celebrity because we don’t want to be blacklisted by the studios for upcoming opportunities. I’ve written about this many, many times. Hollywood crusades for free speech all the time, so long as the free speech is when you only report positively about their projects, and if you don’t, they have no problem with censorship. So, basically, you just have to accept them pissing in your face. And you return to get pissed on, indefinitely.
More and more though, journalists are calling out the hypocrisy. It’s not so much courage as fatigue. At some point, you just get tired of being kicked in the face. This is what happened to Drew McWeeny. These are his tweets:
I'll say it: Tom Hardy should stop doing junkets. He's terrible at them, and he makes it impossible for anyone to do their jobs. Fuck him.— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) December 18, 2015
Tom Hardy could be set to play me in a movie, and I still wouldn't interview him about it. Besides, his answers would all be, "Ghbbbbygy."— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) December 18, 2015
I get it, dude. Being a movie star is a burden. Thanks for making my job impossible because you're such a delicate fucking flower.— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) December 18, 2015
No one HAS to do press or give interviews. But if you're going to, don't be a piece of shit about it. Thanks.— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) December 18, 2015
@CEs_Mustache He's got nothing I want. And he did this to me twice this year. Fuck that guy.— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) December 18, 2015
And, yeah, I considered not saying anything. But my time is worth something, and Tom Hardy is just an actor. No more tip-toeing.— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) December 18, 2015
@msjennimiller It's not just me, either. He does this on-set. He does this all the time. I like some of his work. I don't care for him.— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) December 18, 2015
Spoiled babies like Hardy count on the press needing access to them and staying quiet about how badly they behave. Dick move.— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) December 18, 2015
I wrote about the Tom Hardy attitude 3 months ago during TIFF. It was raining on the night of the Legend gala. Tom showed up, spent all his time with the fans in the pouring rain, and basically blew off the press. Which, fine, the fans enjoyed. But, as I pointed out at the time, you know who manages to do both? You know who takes the time for the fans and for the media? George Clooney. Tom Hardy using his fans so that he can ditch the media doesn’t mean he’s the greatest. Click here for my post on that incident. This was my final note on Tom’s recalcitrance:
Thing is, when he doesn’t want to be (amenable), he makes it hard for the people who are trying on his behalf to do their jobs. That’s not media either. It’s the people he works with at the studio. It’s the publicists who are there to support the film, the work of the entire cast and crew.
And that’s what Drew McWeeny mentions in his tweets too. He’s seen Tom Hardy make publicists cry – and they’re on his team. I know people on his team, who’ve been assigned to be there for him, to assist him, who are counted on to make sure Tom Hardy performs his publicity duties, who’ve been shouted at by him for because he’s grumpy from waking up too early, or because he’s hungry, or because he needs a coffee, but really because he just doesn’t want to be there. Does that mean he can verbally kick the sh-t out of them?
If you’re a Tom Hardy fangirl, you have an excuse for it, probably. Because the media, we’re lowlife c-nt motherf-ckers and we deserve what’s coming to us, sure. Tom Hardy is well within his rights to make people wait half a workday. He’s a goodlooking millionaire actor who, occasionally, has to sit through a series of dumb questions. That gives him the right to prioritise himself over others.
Attached: Tom Hardy at The Revenant Los Angeles premiere on December 16, 2015 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.