By Ben Arnold
Thu, Jan 2, 2014 13:00 GMT
Tom Hardy has said that he was 'out of control' on drink and drugs before he turned his life around, and was lucky that he did not contract AIDS while he was at his lowest.
The actor was addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine until his mid-20s, after which he checked himself into rehab.
Speaking in a charity interview with the Prince's Trust and the Daily Mirror, Hardy said: “I didn’t want anyone to know I was out of control, but I couldn’t hide it.
“Eventually, the body gives up. I was completely kaput. I was lucky I didn’t get hepatitis or AIDS.”
Hardy, who's now one of the UK's leading actors, was at one time facing a lengthy prison sentence after being caught aged 15 in a stolen Mercedes and in possession of a gun.