Word to the wise: If you ever have the privilege to interview Tom Hardy (or any A-list actor, for the matter) and that interview ends up being unexpectedly canceled, don't air your strongly worded grievances on a public forum such as Twitter. Yet that's exactly what Hitfix film critic Drew McWeeny chose to do last week, slamming back at the beautiful British actor for his supposed bad behavior at a recent press junket for The Revenant. Enjoy a select sampling of his delightful prose:
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
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
You know who saw those tweets, besides the millions and millions of people after McWeeny's inner musings went viral? You guessed it, Mr. "delicate fucking flower" Tom Hardy himself! And boy, he's not too thrilled about it. In an open letter posted to an "unofficially official" fan website* last night, Hardy addressed the situation at hand and offered his insight into the events that transpired on that fateful Revenant day. It starts off nice enough, but slowly begins to enter the classic cheeky Hardy territory. Read it here:
Thankyou for your email offering to retract your misdirected anger. I apologise for any part of you having to wait for an interview and then not get one. The truth is we (as I was paired for all interviews that day) were unaware that ANYBODY was waiting. Or even went without a TV interview. Someone somewhere must have thought putting it on me was a lot easier than losing their journalist relations for the ongoing junkets and multiple movies that are pending. I wish I would have napped to be honest.
One note to make is that per Fox, they said they “never actually told (you) that the interview was cancelled, simply that they were running behind schedule.” They also said that “Drew chose not to wait and left. Had he stayed, he would have gotten his interview as planned.”
Fuck.. Plot thickens … Who knows what to trust my friend, but I do know the cancellation was definitely not made by myself.
Resisting the urge to dare you to say what you “rant tweeted” so publicly, to my face next time we meet, which I doubt you have the balls to do; I want to apologise regardless on behalf of those that misled the both of us. That isn’t cool. At all. Neither were your tweets. But that’s by the by.
I appreciate your apology of sorts in your emails to and fro which I am happy to openly post. Also as I hope you understand now and which you’ve made very clear in our emails back and forth, your legitimate frustration lies with those who organised the junket; who fed you and I misinformation; not me.
Again apologies for the clusterfk. And it’s knock on effect to your personal life. I appreciate it is a busy time of year for you and your time shouldn’t have been wasted. I never had any intention of causing you any inconveniences at all.
Best regards and thanks for calling me an asshole a lot
So what have we learned today, everyone? (1) Don't tweet passive-aggressive things about Tom Hardy; (2) Really, don't tweet passive-aggressive things about Tom Hardy; (3) "Best regards and thanks for calling me an asshole a lot" is an excellent way to end all communiqués.
Here's some truth for you: I have never exchanged any e-mails with Tom Hardy. Hmmmm. Guess we can keep those plot twists coming, huh?— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) December 23, 2015
You want to believe what you want to believe. I'm not going to stop you. And I don't need anyone to pick sides. You're being very silly.— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) December 23, 2015
* Vulture previously reported that the website on which the open letter appeared was the official website of Tom Hardy. It is instead a fan website dedicated to the actor. We regret the error.