Tom Hardy talking about pit bulls. And kissing + getting a kiss from puppy Rocco. 

During filming [of THE DROP], a picture of you holding one of the film’s Pit bull puppies became an Internet mini-sensation. Were you aware of that at all?

No, not really. But I love that dog. There were three of them [on the set], actually. They sent me a photograph [of one of them] the other day, and he is big — a big, big boy. They’re not puppies anymore; they’re big-ass dogs. But Pit bulls are a much-maligned breed.

You rarely read nice things about them. Any time they’re in the news, it’s because they bit some kid.

It’s so sad, because — and I know it sounds silly — but sausage dogs bite more people than Pit bulls do. Labradors bite more people. There’s always a dog that’s getting the bad deal, like: “He’s the bastard! That’s a bad dog.” But in the right hands, that dog could be a very different dog.

 Did you know that the Pit bull’s the highest decorated military dog? It’s true, because of their loyalty, and its sensitivity. They would run through artillery fire and bring ammo. And they used to be called the nanny dog, as well, and it was the favorite American dog for many, many years. They’d leave the baby on the porch with the dog. Go online and look it up! You’ll see all these Pit bulls with babies! [Ed. Note: He’s right!] You’d leave your kid with that dog, because they were safe. And if anyone had gone near the baby, they would have gone f—kin’ mental. (x)

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