Tom Hardy is the latest Hollywood star, joining George Clooney and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, to say he doesn't care if people think he's gay.

In a wide-ranging interview with New York Magazine blog Vulture, Hardy, 34, said he sometimes anonymously sticks up for himself on the Internet.

“Wouldn't you? Sometimes no one's defending my corner! And then what you find – I've done it before – is that it's a forest fire that you can't put out. It's like [when commenters ask], 'Is he gay? Isn't he gay?' Does it matter? Does it actually?”

In February, Clooney told gay glossy The Advocate that he's amused by rumors that he's gay, then added: “[T]he last thing you'll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, 'These are lies!' That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community. I'm not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I'm very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I'm gay? I'll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don't give a shit.”

Gordon-Levitt agreed, saying in 2010: “I just do my best to ignore all that shit.”