Film website HitFix has gone to war online with award-winning actor
It all started innocuously enough, as HitFix movie reporter Drew McWeeny was apparently scheduled to interview Tom Hardy for his new movie The Revenant.
Three hours later, Hardy had still not shown up, and McWeeny was told the actor wouldn't be doing the interview after all.
In retaliation, McWeeny took to Twitter to air his grievances. Beware, from here on in, the language gets quite NSFW.
New rule: if you invite me to do an interview, make me wait three hours, and don't give me the interview? I'm not doing anything next time.— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) December 18, 2015
It is unspeakably shitty to assume I have nothing better to do the week before Christmas than sit around waiting for a five minute chat.— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) December 18, 2015
I'll say it: Tom Hardy should stop doing junkets. He's terrible at them, and he makes it impossible for anyone to do their jobs. Fuck him.— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) December 18, 2015
I've seen Tom Hardy make publicists cry. He chose to take a nap during my scheduled time in Toronto. Today's REVENANT junket was a joke.— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) December 18, 2015
I get it, dude. Being a movie star is a burden. Thanks for making my job impossible because you're such a delicate fucking flower.— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) December 18, 2015
Spoiled babies like Hardy count on the press needing access to them and staying quiet about how badly they behave. Dick move.— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) December 18, 2015
In response, Hardy took to his official website tomhardy.org to write an open letter to McWeeny:
Thank you for your email offering to retract your misdirected anger. I apologize for any part of you having to wait for an interview and then not get one.The truth is, we (as I was paired for all interviews that day) were unaware that ANYBODY was waiting. Or even went without a TV interview. Someone somewhere must have thought putting it on me was a lot easier than losing their journalist relations for the ongoing junkets and multiple movies that are pending. I wish I would have napped to be honest.
One note to make is that per Fox, they said they 'never actually told (you) that the interview was cancelled, simply that they were running behind schedule'. They also said that 'Drew chose not to wait and left. Had he stayed, he would have gotten his interview as planned.’ Fuck.. Plot thickens … Who knows what to trust my friend, but I do know the cancellation was definitely not made by myself.”
Resisting the urge to dare you to say what you "rant tweeted" so publicly, to my face next time we meet, which I doubt you have the balls to do; I want to apologise regardless on behalf of those that misled the both of us. That isn't cool. At all. Neither were your tweets. But that's by the by.
I appreciate your apology of sorts in your emails to and fro which I am happy to openly post. Also as I hope you understand now and which you've made very clear in our emails back and forth, your legitimate frustration lies with those who organised the junket; who fed you and I misinformation; not me.
Again apologies for the clusterfk [sic]. And it's [sic] knock on effect to your personal life. I appreciate it is a busy time of year for you and your time shouldn't have been wasted. I never had any intention of causing you any inconveniences at all.
Best regards and thanks for calling me an asshole a lot
From that, it seems like a simple case of miscommunication, and Hardy and McWeeny had made up via personal emails. Except that isn't entirely the case, either.
Here's some truth for you: I have never exchanged any e-mails with Tom Hardy. Hmmmm. Guess we can keep those plot twists coming, huh?— DrewAtHitFix (@DrewAtHitFix) December 23, 2015
McWeeny took to his website HitFix to write an even longer letter which you can read in full on their site, but essentially he has announced that he is quitting any and all future junket interviews, and his interaction with Tom Hardy helped him come to this decision.
So if nothing else, it's probably a good thing that these two will probably never be given the opportunity to be in the same room again.