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Tom Hardy 'wasn't a fan of school'

Tom Hardy enrolled in drama school after being given a stern talking to about his life.

The 36-year-old actor has been in many hit films such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Dark Knight Rises, but things were very different. He didn't try hard at school, preferring to immerse himself in sport so he didn't have to study.

It took some stern words for the star to realise he needed to make a life plan, after which he started at drama school.

"Anything just to get you away from the bl***y classroom. I wasn't a great fan of the academic papers, the idea that if you do this, you are clever. If you have this bit of paper, you are definitely to be relied upon," he told Total Film magazine. "Which is nonsense. It's important, looking back on it now, but at the time, being youthful, being stupid, being daft, being young, it doesn't have a tangible logic to it. I couldn't quite work out why. It was, 'Tom, if you do not knuckle down and do something, you're going to starve and you're going to die and your Mommy is not going to be here to look after you.' It's very real. And I s*at myself..."

Although Tom's career is flourishing, things haven't always been easy. He has battled addictions to alcohol and crack cocaine, but got sober after a rehab stint in 2003.

He is divorced from Sarah Ward and has a son with his ex-girlfriend Rachael Speed. All these experiences have helped shape him into the actor he is today, with the star admitting he wasn't ready for success when it first came knocking.

"I was white-knuckling when I was younger. There are some people who are more susceptible and less susceptible to stimulus. And I was very reactionary. I don't have a lot of skin. I've learnt as I grown older to be less 'jumping' at everything," he said. "I had a brief stint with the Americans, with Hollywood... and I was like, 'This is it! Straight out of drama school, here we go!' But I had no idea of how to handle the industry, to interact with producers... even my fellow men! I was 24 - punching well above my weight."

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