Just days after secretly competing in – and winning – a Jiu-Jitsu competition over the weekend, Tom Hardy revealed why he entered in the first place.
The Oscar-nominated actor, 45, shocked a group of martial artists in England after he emerged on Saturday as an accomplished blue belt in the self-defense discipline.
Wednesday appeared on Instagram after his win, revealing the star of “The Revenant” that he was competing in the championship as part of the global non-profit organization REORG.
“Addiction is difficult and complicated to navigate; just like mental health,” Hardy wrote. “Subjects that are both deeply personal to me and very close to my heart.”
He added: “It is an honor to represent the charity and my team REORG and the amazing work they are doing to support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans, military personnel and first responders through the therapeutic benefits of Jiu Jitsu . and fitness training.”
The “Venom” actor said the sport helped him develop “a deeper sense of inner resilience.”
“Easy training has been fundamental for me (as a hobby and private love) to further develop a deeper sense of inner resilience, tranquility and well-being,” he explained. “I cannot emphasize the importance it has had and the impact on my life and my teammates.”
According to The Guardian, Hardy entered the contest under his real name ‘Edward’, digressing from his stage name, which is also his middle name.
Hardy has been open about his past struggles with substance abuse, including a rough time in his life when he was addicted to alcohol and drugs in 2002.
Last month, Hardy won two medals in a jiu-jitsu fundraising competition for REORG.
Hardy went through a grueling training program with the organization to prepare for his 2011 film ‘Warrior’.