Despite being one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, Tom Hardy is incredibly down to Earth. The 40-year-old British actor, famous for his iconic performances in The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant and Inception, is known for his rather unconventional approach to Hollywood, in which he tends to shun traditional red carpet events in favor of more understated events.

However, his reluctance to let Tinseltown swallow him up is contradictory to his early career where the aspiring actor craved attention from anyone who would pay it to him.

Just think back to the discovery of his defunct MySpace page, in which a youthful Hardy seductively flaunted his model good looks to the appreciation of his adoring fans all over the world.

While Hardy’s modeling career was shortlived – he was discovered in 1998 at the age of 21 after signing up for a British breakfast show’s ‘Find Me A Supermodel’ competition – he would eventually solidify himself as one of Hollywood’s hottest hunks. But first, he tried his hand at another career path…

His thirst for recognition led the Dunkirk actor to dabble in a music career, selling CD’s out of a rucksack around London in a bid to get his name in the public eye.