Tom Hardy And Dogs, A Love Story

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Tom Hardy can’t imagine life without dogs. He has owned them, rescued them, acted alongside them, and spoken about them in many, many interviews. In order to celebrate his new PETA adoption campaign, we present some of his best comments and remarks about his best friends.

In an interview with Dogs Today, Hardy revealed that his late Staffie-Labrador Mad Max went to drama school with him. Here’s what he said:

“I wouldn’t go to class unless Max was allowed in. My old drama teacher said, ‘I remember when you used to walk into class with your dog in one hand and a can of Coke in the other.’ Max was my support unit, it’s like I had a focus; I had an identity and higher self-esteem because something relied on me and loved me constantly. Then I felt important. I can’t stand those kind that fight their dogs, but I wonder how many sleep with their dogs under the covers at night? I’m very, very lucky that people—from 17 to now—have always allowed me to have my dog around.”

When he told an interviewer in September 2011 that Max died three months prior, the journalist added:

‘’Hardy definitely misses his companion/best friend and confided that Max’s ashes are currently on the couch at his home, occupying a place Max used to love to hang out.’’

And the actor himself also spoke about his dog’s ashes. Here’s the heartbreaking excerpt:

‘’My dog and son recognize me no matter what. Actually, my dog’s dead now so he won’t. We had him cremated. There’s a cardboard box of his ashes on our sofa that we’re working out what to do with. I might put him in a pillow.”

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In February 2012, Hardy revealed that he likes dogs more than humans. Here are his words:

“I don’t have any friends. I don’t keep them or entertain them for any of that kind of problem. So I like to keep [to] myself. I have a dog and a son. A dog couldn’t do anything to upset me, you know, and neither could my son.”

In September 2014, Tom used the word ‘dog’ or ‘dogs’ 62 times in a single interview with Vulture. We especially like the part when he talked about taking his canine co-stars at home at night to cuddle while filming The Drop. This is what he revealed:

“He used to come home with me from work, which is such a privilege—to be able to take home a co-star. . . . He was a buddy. They all were. And T was the first one we had, then he started to grow, then he started to get bigger, so J came in, and they had two different personalities —all dogs have different personalities. But it was hard. I was getting favorites. T was my favorite, and then T started getting boisterous, he didn’t really care so much, so I found J. J was really cute and he wanted to just kiss all the time, and like, lick. He was the one that came back with me, and then T got upset because I was taking J back, so I had to take T back, and I was like, I’ve gotten really on with these dogs.”

And he also defended Pit Bulls with all his heart on various occasions. Here’s what he wrote for Yahoo! Movies:

“It’s so sad, because—and I know it sounds silly—but sausage dogs bite more people than pit bulls do. Labradors bite more people. There’s always a dog that’s getting the bad deal, like: ‘He’s the bastard! That’s a bad dog.’ But in the right hands, that dog could be a very different dog. Did you know that the pit bull’s the highest-decorated military dog? It’s true, because of their loyalty, and its sensitivity. They would run through artillery fire and bring ammo. And they used to be called the nanny dog, as well, and it was the favorite American dog for many, many years. They’d leave the baby on the porch with the dog. Go online and look it up! You’ll see all these pit bulls with babies.”

 

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