We’re thinking this is one of those Rorschach test covers, depending on your gender and orientation.
Tom Hardy covers the May 2014 issue of Esquire magazine photographed by Greg Williams.
A straight guy is supposed to feel all “COME AT ME BRO” while a gay man is all “Give me a second to finish this mint and let my friends know where I am.”
We’re thinking the ladies are all butt-dialing 911. As they should be.
Inside, Tom reveals just how much he’s overcompensating, which makes all the above posturing instantly not very hot:
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.”
Not that we’re taking him to task for having male anxiety; just that when you openly admit how scared you are that you’re not masculine enough, the rather abrupt change toward a hypermasculine look just comes across like a manifestation of your issues.
Seriously, the knuckles? Was he LITERALLY dragging them on the floor? Or did he punch the guy who did his makeup for this shoot? It’s all so ridiculously try-hard. He was so much hotter and more interesting when he wasn’t so damn worried about whether he was butch enough.
But the beard does look good on him, we have to say.
[Photo Credit: Gregg Williams for Esquire Magazine]