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Tom Hardy Strips Shirtless, Says He Doesn't 'Feel Very Manly' to 'Esquire' May 2014

Tom Hardy Strips Shirtless, Says He Doesn't 'Feel Very Manly' to 'Esquire' May 2014

Tom Hardy shows off his ripped shirtless abs on the cover of Esquire magazine’s May 2014 issue.

Here’s what the 36-year-old British actor had to share with the mag:

On not being manly: “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.”

On his past with drugs and alcohol: “I was a shameful suburban statistic. I was told very clearly, ‘You go down that road, Tom, you won’t come back. That’s it. All you need to know.’ And that message stayed with me very clearly for the rest of my days. The beginning, really, of a new life. I couldn’t value life until I risk losing something worth more to me than my behavior. I am f*cking lucky to be here, to be honest. I couldn’t value life until I risked losing something worth more to me than my behavior,” the actor explained. “I am f—ing lucky to be here, to be honest. Any near-death experience – if you’re lucky enough to f—ing realize that it is one – is going to leave an indelible mark on you. And then you add shame and guilt and fear into that, it’s a recipe for awareness if you have the ability to become aware from it. And good things can come back into your life.”

On his rumored feud with Charlize Theron: “That’s disappointing. I think she’s fucking awesome. I think she’s incredible. I think she’s one of the most talented actresses of our generation. But it’s very interesting, the concept of what danger is, and this has nothing to do with Charlize Theron or Mad Max, actually, but this has to do with life in general.”

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  • Jake

    Meet me for a few hours and i’ll deffo make you feel like your manliest self! Phwoar! ;-)

  • Ha

    Hmmmm, okay…. HIM?? TOM freaking HARDY, not manly!?? Are you fvckin’ kidding me!?!?! He’s one of the manliest looking Hollywood guys out there and I believe that’s the main reason why I love him and think he’s so fvckin’ SEXY!

  • Jason

    LOL He’s endearing honest, that’s why he’s my favorite, maladaptive and all!

  • Sophie

    I think I’m gonna faint…

  • Kelly

    OMG!!! Looooooveee this hot mess!

  • Dave

    Epic actor, epic man!

  • Britt

    My God, if that´s not manly, than what the hell is!!!!!

  • Ally

    one of the most talented people out there..

  • Ellen

    “The Greatest Actor of His Genereation”? this is and exaggerated line! he is a great actor (Stuart: A life Backwards, The Take, Bronson and Warrior prove that!), but not the greatest of his generation! it’s too soon to say that!
    I’m not surprised to see him denying his feud with Charlize (2 years later?)! I remember when Shia Labeouf gave an interview to Hollywood Reporter talking about their brawl on the Lawless set and a few time later Tom talked about this brawl and also made fun of Shia, but what happened when they had to promote Lawless at Cannes? they were treating each other like childhood best friends and no one understanded!
    Well, actors and directors praise even the devil when they have to promote a film! remember last year’s Blue is the Warmest Color? at Cannes, the actresses were praising, kissing and hugging the director, but after that, they started to say how much they hated him and that he treated them like slaves on the set… so when they started to lie and why?

  • allison

    The Greatest Actor of His Generation? Please! I wonder what scene in what movie proves that statement to be true.

  • JustChill’n

    OMG!! Nasty!! He has ugly, pointy, hairy boobies!!! How is THAT manly? The dude seriously needs to keep his shirt on.

  • drea

    @allison huuuh bronso?the dark knight ? Warrior?

  • Dylan

    Every scene in (almost) every movie proves he one of the greatest actors around nowadays. But i doubt he will play Hollywoods game if you know what i mean… He’s an authentic, ex centric, honest guy, that’s why he’s my favorite. Go your own wayTom!

  • EZ

    Is he gay in the closet that he’s so obsessed not looking manly and straight enough?
    If he’s not in the closet then nothing to worry about, many nerdy geeks aren’t that macho and mostly are fine with the way they are.

  • tracy

    MMMMMM …..where can i have one….

  • Tony


  • Esther

    Who’s gay; you? Cause Tom’s not……i’m sorry…

  • Bob

    Legend! He really is..

  • ?

    he’s weird or the interviewer is asking him weird questions
    i don’t know which

  • Jane

    Let me guess, when they start to promote Mad Max, Charlize will flirt with him in every damn interview and red carpet, just like she does with everyone who has a pe.nis! LOL
    That’s so predictable!

  • aNN

    He’s a brilliant actor. And so hot…. *melts*