Sexuality can be, for some, a touchy subject and is one where it's often best to air on the side of caution and broach the subject carefully. So maybe asking which way somebody swings at a press event isn't the wisest way to go about it.
While Hardy was doing a press panel for for Legend, a film in which he plays bisexual London mobster Ronnie Kray and his twin brother Reggie (or maybe they were BOTH gay, according to some reports), at the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday, Graeme Coleman, a reporter for Daily Xtra, a Toronto LGBT publication, asked Hardy about his "ambiguous" sexuality.
"In the film, your character Ronnie is very open about his sexuality but given interviews you've done in the past, your own sexuality seems a bit more ambiguous," said Graeme. "Do you find it hard for celebrities to talk to media about their sexuality?"
Mad Max was none too pleased with the line of questioning.
"What on earth are you on about?" retorted Hardy.
Coleman cited a 2008 Attitude article in which Hardy said that he had had sexual relations with men. When asked if he had ever been with a man sexually, Hardy said "Of course I have. As a boy? Of course I have. I'm an actor for fuck's sake. I'm an artist. I've played with everything and everyone."
Hardy replied: "But what is your question?"
"I'm wondering if you find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality," said Coleman.
"I don't find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality. Are you asking about my sexuality?" Said a miffed Hardy.
"Hum... sure," the reporter replied demurely.
"Why?" Hardy asked before dismissing Coleman with a "thank you."
Boy, that escalated quickly.
[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]