They’ve travelled to this room from different worlds, but when Hollywood star Tom Hardy sits opposite charity worker Kenny Ross, they recognise something in each other.
The thirty-somethings share a common bond. At one time they were both hooked on drugs and drink. They are living proof addiction doesn’t care who you are or where you come from.
Tom says: “What I have is indiscriminate, like a bullet. If you are an alcoholic that is what you are.”
And the dark shadow of addiction is never far away. He goes on: “If I had four pints of lager and half a bottle of vodka I could turn this room into an absolute f***ing nightmare in about three minutes. I could destroy everything in my life I have worked so hard for.”
Both Tom and Kenny are now clean and making the most of their futures. But their paths before and after those dark years couldn’t be more different.
Actor Tom Hardy fulfilled a child hood dream when he flew and experienced first hand the power of the Tornado GR4; the Royal Air Force’s all weather, day and night attack and reconnaissanceActor Tom Hardy aircraft:
“As a little boy I always wanted to go in a jet, it was amazing! I got an adrenaline rush and I can see what’s exciting about flying fast jet. It takes a certain person to fly at that speed and I have an immense amount of respect for them, it was a pleasure to spend time with the RAF. I’m totally behind our Armed Forces.”
Tom Hardy has paid tribute to the late James Gandolfini, describing the Sopranos star as “incredibly kind” and “very special”.
Hardy appeared opposite the actor in his final film The Drop, which was previously known as Animal Rescue. He told Digital Spy and others that he “warmed” to Gandolfini very quickly.
“He was lovely. He was a very special man,” Hardy said at The Sun Military Awards last night (December 11). “He was an incredibly kind and generous human being.
“He’s very warming and I warmed a lot to him. I really, really loved James.”
Hardy also spoke about becoming Elton John for new biopic Rocketman, confirming that he has been getting tips from the iconic singer.
“It’s all sort of a bit under the radar at the minute, but yeah, I am [speaking to him],” said Hardy, who named ‘Honky Cat’ as his favourite song by the performer.
Asked if he has been taking singing lessons, the Dark Knight Rises actor replied: “Oh yeah. All the time. I’m always singing.”