Exclusive interview excerpt from BLAG Vol.3 Nø 3
Interview and Photography by Sarah J. Edwards
How did you manage to avoid social networking? Well, you didn’t did you, for a little while. We talked about this before. there’s this alleged ‘social currency’ and it makes you more bankable...
“Airspace. Selling air.”
I don’t know if I even want to talk about this.
“What was the question again... Social Networking, where was it [grabs questions]. Social networking is that like going to the Polo and taking tea with people?”
[I raise my eyebrows]
“Well, I think people should sit down face-to-face and talk about things.”
“Email you obviously have to do for different things it’s fast, instant messaging is very useful. Twitter and stuff like that are just ways of procuring, I suppose, for some. I think in my situation for the job that I do, there’s two different things. There’s output of brand, so it’s very useful but at the moment, I’m not really putting out a brand. I’m just trying to do work. So, if I was in a place where I was outputting a brand, say I’m doing work for Help for Heroes or Flack, or if we’re working for Bowel Cancer UK or any of the charities that are ongoing that we do work for then, absolutely. It’s vital that you use every platform. I think that if I wanted to monopolise and I will want to monopolise and capitalise on businesses, film companies. In business social networking is very important. Of course, I’m not going to underestimate its value in the work place and each one needs as many bells and whistles as possible. But for me, social networking as in ‘Tom Hardy!’ You know, like, [gestures typing] ‘I just took a shit’... Do you know what I mean? [gets excited, wiggling around, gestures typing again] ‘Ooh, I’m eating peanuts, I’m at the bar.’ Or tweeting, [waves hand around in the air] ‘Ohh, you’ll never guess what I saw!’ Or, ‘Here’s a photograph of my cock... [quickly] of my watch.”
[we both crack up, Tom leans forward and smacks my leg]
[laughter, finding it hard to speak] Why. Do. I. Get. Hit?
[into camera, smiling] “We both know what happened there. I had a Freud slip and [laughing] Sarah really went for it.”
[still laughing] No. I had a photographic visual.
[ditto] “You had what?”
I had like a photographic visual [I gesture towards the sky]
[Tom cracks up, claps his hands and throws his head back]
[I’m crying with laughter] That’s really bad.
[laughing into camera and waving his hand] “She didn’t actually have a real photographic visual, she thought she did, but we haven’t socially networked like that. [laughs] Because that’s all still on my phone. [picks it up and holds up to camera] Which is the Porsche BlackBerry by the way. [laughing] Very expensive phone. Doesn’t work very well. Anyway! Um, yeah. No, social networking I think is a way of procuring the ego, women or men or whatever. And also, I think it’s very dangerous.”
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