'Mad Max': An Incredulous Tom Hardy Responds to Question About Women Overtaking a "Man's Movie"

"Why are all these women in here? I thought this was supposed to be a man's movie!"

While Tom Hardy was promoting Mad Max: Fury Road, he was asked a slightly awkward, seemingly sexist question.

"Tom, I'll preface my remarks by saying I have five sisters, a daughter, a wife and a mother, so I know what it's like to be outgunned by estrogen," Toronto Star reporter Peter Howell said. "I just wanted to ask you, as you were reading the script, did you ever think, 'Why are all these women in here? I thought this was supposed to be a man's movie!' "

In response, Hardy said, "No, not for one minute." The audience applauded and Hardy added, "That's kind of obvious." 

He then joked about how having a script "would have been nice."

The Toronto Star reporter later said he did not mean to offend anyone with his poorly worded question.

Howell told Buzzfeed, “My question to Tom Hardy was intended as the opposite of sexism. I was congratulating him for his willingness to share the screen with so many strong women in a franchise and genre more inclined to celebrate the male over the female. He was also willing to be in a co-lead role with Charlize Theron, in a movie called Mad Max, no less."

"I think a lot of male stars might have objected to this," Howell continued, "but Hardy is of a special breed. But I don’t think I worded my question very well. Hardy just shrugged it off, although I don’t think he was offended by it. I think this article I wrote gives you a better idea of what I was getting at, which was to celebrate the idea of women being cast in traditionally male roles, not to scorn it.”

Watch the exchange below at the 9:56 mark.