Tom Hardy, who could have better casted as “Bane” in “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012). Better yet, a better “Max” for the movie “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015). Not to mention “The Revenant” and “Warrior“- both excellent choices for movie night.
Alright, I haven’t forgotten about Marvel’s “Venom“. Tom Hardy, does so well in dark movies it seems, villains and anti-heroes, I don’t know maybe it’s the tats and the beard. Grungy, savage beast mode, mysterious, rugged seems to be Tom Hardy’s default – a tad bit menacing, maybe a little depending on the mood.
Tom Hardy is a highly debated personality type and when you do your research, there isn’t much to go by. He seems guarded with a lot of unknowns – we can only go by his interviews, movies and some informational stuff on Wikipedia. One things for sure though, Tom Hardy is an SP user. In personality speak, that means he is sensory perceiving leaning. Extraverted Sensing, I would say this shines more than any other function on his stack.
ISTP, ISFP and yes even INFP – it seems the personality typing community wants to just jam these functions together into one and call Tom Hardy a mixed bag. Well he is a bit of a mixed bag, so hey – I hear you. Tom Hardy is one bulky dude with a bit of a soft side, the teddy bear type, I don’t know maybe? Where am I going with all this? Well, of all the functions on his stack, everything hinges on the Feeling function. Whether he has Fi (Introverted Feeling) or Fe (Extraverted Feeling), is the big question.
Just to remind you ISTP users have Fe way down the stack but it’s there. The ISTP is as follows – Ti, Se, Ni, Fe.
The INFP and ISFP are quite similar as well with INFP’s order as follows – Fi, Ne, Si, Te. Then the ISFP’s stack in the following – Fi, Se, Ni, Te.
I’ll cut to chase here, I don’t see Tom Hardy leading with value based Fi (Introverted Feeling). Much of my conclusions have been swayed by empirical observation, ie. interviews, movies, bios and the like. But it’s actually some of his quotes that really exposes both Ti (Introverted Thinking) and Fe (Extraverted Feeling), instead of Fi (Introverted Feeling) and Te (Extraverted Thinking).
“I hate publicists and publicity. But I love people.”Tom Hardy
This is Ti’s dislike for the public, but Fe’s aspiration to make a difference for mankind.
“Being alone for a while is dangerous. It’s addicting. Once you see how peaceful it is, you don’t want to deal with people anymore.”Tom Hardy
This is Ti’s wrestle with Fe – as peaceful as it is, it knows the dangers of isolation.
“I guess if I had fifty million dollars I could spend more time at home…”Tom Hardy
Ti wants to spend time alone.
“I think it’s important that you always transform if you can. That’s what I was trained to do. You try and hide yourself as much as you can that’s the key to longevity.”Tom Hardy
This is Se (Extraverted Sensing) talking with its child Ni (Introverted Intuition) function.
“I’m sorry if you don’t like my honesty but to be fair I don’t like your lies”.Tom Hardy
Truth and lies resonate here, especially with dominant Ti. Yeah, Ti can be a little too harsh – but it really does mean well (Fe).
I hear a lot of Ti and Fe here and the ISTP fits the bill. The ISTP stack – Ti, Se, Ni and Fe. Yes I am repeating myself, memorizing the stack just keeps things in place.
It’s that leading Ti hero (Introverted Thinking) that’s created a hard shell around Tom Hardy, it’s unwavering. Alright so is leading Fi (Introverted Feeling) – both can be lone wolves, individualistic, marching on to the beat of their own drum they say. But when you tap into Tom Hardy’s core, you never really get there because of that Ti shield guard.
Fi on the other hand will have its feelings out in the open – you might think this is dangerous, but Fi users actually have better management of their Fi than most other types. Managing Ti however, is another story – it can cut things short and sweet, or be verbosely informative to prove a certain truth because it is logically driven.
It seems there is much more ingrained in Tom Hardy’s quotes than much of his acting. Much of what we see on the big screen are merely transformations of Tom Hardy – but I don’t think we can uncover much there.
We learn from this quote that Tom Hardy is deeply consumed by his thinking (Ti).
“I have a very busy head. I have inside voices that I have learned to contain.”Tom Hardy
For the ISTP, it’s the thinking and the doing that’s in constant motion – the ongoing transformation, I believe he speaks of. It’s no wonder Bruce Lee, an ISTP shares the same view – “Be like the nature of water”.