Tom Hardy opens up on addiction: 'Before 25 I don't remember anything'

The actor's addiction was fuelled by fear

Tom Hardy opens up on addiction: 'Before 25 I don't remember anything'

Tom Hardy has opened up on his struggle with addiction, admitting he has memory before the age of 25 because he used to be a drinker.

The Brit opened up about his alcohol and drug addiction and reportedly had said he would have "sold my mother for a rock of crack."

"Before 25, for me, I don't remember anything. I genuinely used to be a drinker. A proper one," he said.


Drinker: Tom opened up about his struggle with addiction | UNIVERSAL PICTURES

The actor is clean now but praised his mother for keeping things together during the time.

"I wasn't playing around. I enjoyed it and was very good and became so good that I no longer do it. That means I black out a lot of stuff," he told The Sunday Times Magazine.

"So I'm sure I was an irascible pain in the ass growing up - my mum did the lion's share of making sure that everything was held together."

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Fear: The Brit has channelled his fear into his acting instead of his addiction | FOX

Tom believes his past addictions were fuelled by fear, but he's now channelled that fear into his acting.

"My relationship to [fear] has completely changed. Fear is a primary colour in my palette for work.

"It's a strong suit for me - 'Ok, I've identified that's a fear issue, brilliant. So I will dive into it now.'


"Whereas before, I didn't know what it was. I was growing up – you don’t get a guidebook.

"Drinking, I don’t fear anything, I can talk to girls – until I'm horizontal on the floor at the party or wherever. I've always gone a bit too far with my relationship with fear.

"So in work I probably go a bit too far there, too."

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