Here's your daily reminder to stay off of hard drugs: British actor Tom Hardy recently opened up about his former battle with crack, claiming when he was using, he would have “sold his mother” to get high.
In an interview with Essentials magazine, the "Mad Max: Fury Road" actor admitted,
I was a shameful suburban statistic. I was told very clearly, 'You go down that road, Tom, you won't come back. That's it. All you need to know.' And that message stayed with me clearly for the rest of my days.
He first started using after the commercial failure of “Star Trek Nemesis,” his first major role.
Along with crack, Hardy developed an addiction to alcohol. He described the so-called monkey on his back as,
...a 400-pound [orangutan] that wants to kill me. It's much more powerful than me, doesn't speak the same language and it runs around in the darkness of my soul.
Reportedly, Hardy got clean in 2003, although his wife divorced him the following year because of his addiction.
Hardy, who has a young son, says fatherhood gave him the push he needed to get clean.
"It's no longer just about you," he explained, and admits he's "f*cking lucky to be alive."
Today, he's one of Hollywood's biggest new names.
But he wouldn't have been successful had he not gotten clean, he confessed.
“The trouble with Hollywood is they want you to be something, then they think you're who they wanted you to be,” he said. “I'm not a fighter. I'm a petite little bourgeois boy from London. People didn't sit up and take any notice of me until I started putting on weight, kicking people and being aggressive!”
Hardy was lucky. He managed to turn his life around and, despite the odds, achieve success.
Take it from Hardy: Drugs are not worth it.