Tom Hardy Explains Why Parenting is the Hardest Job in the World

Getting old is hard, even for a real 'man's man' like Hardy.

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During a recent interview with Esquire Magazine, actor Tom Hardy hinted that, after recently turning 40, he may soon step away from acting for good. While he gave more than a few admirable reasons, namely that his body and mind can only take so much, he gave another highly compelling one: having kids is already the hardest thing in the world even when you’re not a globetrotting actor.

Hardy describes his career as if it was analogous to summiting Mount Everest, saying: “It’s a miracle that you’ve made it anywhere near the fucking mountain, let alone climbed it.” He then explains that after climbing the mountain, one must then ask “Do you want to go all the way back and do it again? Or do you want to get off the mountain and go fucking find a beach?”

By the sound of it, he’d rather be on that beach with his kids than anyone else.

“There is no harder job on the planet, and more important, than parenting,” Hardy said. “’You’ve got the military, police, doctors, service personnel – massive respect, huge consequences – but parenting? It’s beyond a job, isn’t it.”

Hardy has one child with his current partner and Peaky Blinders co-star Charlotte Riley, and a second from a previous relationship. The youngest of the two is just about three years old, and as any parent will tell you, even from a physical standpoint, kids are a lot to keep up with at that age. That said,  it probably doesn’t help that he feels like his body is going.

“’My knees gone, the nerves are shot, I’m getting white hair…’” he said. “I’ve got battle scars from rubbing my nose in the wrong places, banging heads with the wrong people, being difficult or whatever it is, [but I’ve got] to the point where I’m responsible as well.”

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It makes sense that he’d be into taking a break from acting anyway. Look how good he is at doing dad stuff. You can even listen to him read the children’s book You Must Bring A Hat, on the BBC Kids show CBeebies Bedtime Stories.