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Tom Hardy: Men scare me

Tom Hardy has been frightened of men through his entire life.

The 36-year-old is known for his hulking physique, but doesn't view himself as particularly masculine. Knowing some believe he is macho makes him laugh, as he used to be anything but.

"I have always been frightened with men," he told Esquire magazine. "To the point where I couldn't go into a gym because of the testosterone and I felt weak."

Discovering that some thought he was the very essence of masculinity pleased the star, as he believes it is proof he is good at his job.

"I don't feel very manly," he explained. "I don't feel rugged and strong and capable in real life, not how I imagine a man ought to be. So I seek it, to mimic it and maybe understand it, or maybe to draw it into my own reality.

"People who are scary, they terrify me, but I can imitate them."

Tom fought a battle with drugs and alcohol when he was younger but is now sober. He has always been open about his past and is adamant it helped him in his career. He puts importance on life, and his job, in a way he wouldn't have had he not experienced such hardship.

"I couldn't value life until I risked losing something worth more to me than my behaviour," he said. "I am f**king lucky to be here, to be honest. Any near-death experience - if you're lucky enough to f**king realise that it is one - is going to leave an indelible mark on you. And then you add shame and guilt and fear into that, it's a recipe for awareness if you have the ability to become aware from it. And good things can come back into your life."

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