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Shirtless, Tatted, Bearded Tom Hardy Covers 'Esquire': PHOTOS


Tom Hardy rips his shirt off for this month's Esquire in advance of his new film Locke, and tells the magazine that the rough image he projects isn't all he's cracked up to be:

"I have always been frightened with men. To the point where I couldn't go into a gym because of the testosterone and I felt weak. I don't feel very manly. I don't feel rugged and strong and capable in real life, not how i imagine a man ought to be. So I seek it, to mimic it and maybe understand it, or maybe to draw it into my own reality. People who are scary, they terrify me, but I can imitate them. I'm not a fighter. I'm a petite little bourgeosis boy from London. I don't fight, I mimic."

Two more shots from the issue (one dressed, one dressed down), AFTER THE JUMP...




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  1. Doesn't he look like Will Wikle a bit?

    Posted by: Patrick | Apr 10, 2014 11:54:06 AM

  2. I hate the tattoos.

    Beckman ruined his fine body with tattoos as well.

    Posted by: tim S | Apr 10, 2014 12:08:44 PM

  3. like the beard & hate the tats

    Posted by: Moz's | Apr 10, 2014 12:12:51 PM

  4. Hate the tatts, too. Very tired of tatts all round.

    Posted by: Bo | Apr 10, 2014 12:16:06 PM

  5. Love the ink. Beard's OK. What the man has said is remarkable. Think about it.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 10, 2014 12:19:10 PM

  6. Not really a good look for him. His tatts seem random and the beard does nothing for him. Hope he didn't pay $15K for a beard implant. (CALLBACK)

    Posted by: Joe Bua | Apr 10, 2014 12:20:31 PM

  7. Such a handsome and sexy man but the tattoos have ruined his look. Dressed he still does it for me but below the neck is a mess.

    Posted by: joel | Apr 10, 2014 12:31:00 PM

  8. Contrary to the other posters above, I hate the beard and love the tats, so I guess goes to show you can't please everyone.

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 10, 2014 12:48:29 PM

  9. I'm all for full-torso tatts, but there's no rhyme or reason to his. Plus, I love beards on guys, but this one obscures his jawline and his pouty lips.

    Posted by: Mikey | Apr 10, 2014 12:54:41 PM

  10. I don't think that's the look he will be sporting to play Elton John in the biopic.

    Posted by: keating | Apr 10, 2014 12:55:14 PM

  11. I'll take him just the way he is.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 10, 2014 12:59:49 PM

  12. that was really cool of him to say that. i think what he said about feeling like an "imitator" will resonate with a lot of guys & gay men in particular. his tats look great on him !

    Posted by: tsoltan | Apr 10, 2014 1:07:58 PM

  13. What a beautiful man. Lose the tats though.

    Posted by: David | Apr 10, 2014 1:10:31 PM

  14. HELLO Mr. Hardy!

    Posted by: Guillermo Luna | Apr 10, 2014 1:11:28 PM

  15. He is a closeted bisexual homophobe.

    Posted by: litper | Apr 10, 2014 1:20:27 PM

  16. Love the beard, love the tats. More for me. We can lay around laughing at all the non-tatted people. :-D

    Posted by: ernest1960 | Apr 10, 2014 1:22:13 PM

  17. maybe focus on the content.

    Posted by: Gman | Apr 10, 2014 1:22:22 PM

  18. What an F'in mess. He is unrecognizable. The lights would have to be turned down way low but I'd still do him :)

    Posted by: KevInPDX | Apr 10, 2014 2:16:06 PM

  19. Will have to read the article to know who he is, but the picture makes him look like Jonny McGovern. Seems a little softer than the usual coverboy.

    Posted by: dixichuk | Apr 10, 2014 2:16:27 PM

  20. Dressed he's sexy but shirtless? Eh.

    Posted by: Sam | Apr 10, 2014 2:17:57 PM

  21. I don't think the tattoos are real.

    He looks terrible with a beard, and this coming from a bearded guy who likes other bearded guys

    Posted by: peterparker | Apr 10, 2014 2:57:35 PM

  22. oh he can get it! love the tats, love the body, love the accent, love it all! the beard is ok but it's a shame to cover up that amazing face. and if he wants to come to my place and mimic being a big beefy gay power top, i'm sure i can mimic an explosive orgasm.

    Posted by: Joe | Apr 10, 2014 3:50:15 PM

  23. He doesn't look as good with a beard, and that haircut is not quite right for him. And this is coming from someone who thinks Tom Hardy is the hottest man alive.

    Posted by: John | Apr 10, 2014 4:49:47 PM

  24. My god you picky queens are vocal. That tats are fine. Any one of you would be thrilled to have him sit on their face.

    The beard could use a trim, sure, and maybe ditch the hair gel, but even so he's still hot as hell.

    I'm glad to see him undo that tough guy image a little with what he said. I only really know him from his roles and he always plays a scary tough guy and the few interviews I've seen he seemed rather reserved.

    Posted by: brandon h | Apr 10, 2014 5:07:31 PM

  25. He looks better dressed-

    Posted by: jarago | Apr 10, 2014 5:39:50 PM

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