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For years, actor Tom Hardy has supported awesome women in action movies. Thanks, Mad Max.

Tumblr user queenofthenorths took a moment from the "Mad Max: Fury Road" press conference and sent it back in time in The. Best. Way. Ever.

For years, actor Tom Hardy has supported awesome women in action movies. Thanks, Mad Max.

Once upon a time, big-time action movie star Tom Hardy predicted his own action movie future.

He's the star of the new "masculine" action film "Mad Max: Fury Road." It's wildly passing the Bechdel test, which challenges films to show women having conversations about something OTHER than the leading man. (And *gasp* somehow it still managed to have a massively successful $45 million opening weekend.)

It's getting some buzz.


Tom's been hoping to stand on equal footing with his female co-stars all along.

In a 2014 interview for the movie "The Drop," he had a thought about what it would be like to make a complete and unquestioning switcheroo to men's and women's parts in his films. He was kinda into it.

GIFs via Tumblr user queenofthenorths.

Fast-forward to the present. At the "Mad Max: Fury Road" press conference, a reporter asked Tom Hardy a familiar question...

"As you were reading the script did you ever think, 'Why are all these women in here? I thought this was supposed to be a man's movie.'?"

Tom Hardy's response was basically great:

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"No."

"Not for one minute."

Then Charlize Theron, his co-star and lady-sitting-in-front-of-him-on-the-movie-poster-but-he's-clearly-totally-OK-with-it, says, "Good for you."

GIFs via Tumblr user queenofthenorths.

And he replies, "I mean, it's kinda obvious."

Think about a world where we all get to score roles — on TV and in life — on equal footing with the opposite sex. And we, all of us, no matter our gender definition, work together and support each other.

That sounds kinda obviously great.

Thanks, Tom.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.