Tom – who is engaged to actress Charlotte Riley and has a three-year-old son Louis from a previous relationship – said:
"There is a softie within me, you know, I'm someone's dad, I have a three year old who means the world to me. I really just want to be with my missus and my son and my dog and do films and be left alone."
When portraying tough guys, Tom – who stars in new spy movie 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' opposite Gary Oldman – has based his performances on what would frighten him in real life.
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In an interview with Handbag.com, the 34-year-old actor explained: "In all honesty all the tough characters I've played have been a bit mad, a bit strong and a bit tough, but I've just put on the outside what I consider to look strong and that's being observed by somebody who is terrified of being hurt. I think the most fundamental thing about security is to know where your vulnerabilities are and where your weak spots are and because I'm terrified of being damaged I've learnt to see it coming, so when you see my characters those are people who scare me."