Tom Hardy Bares Chest for Esquire, Reveals He Doesn’t ‘Feel Very Manly’

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Actor Tom Hardy graces the cover of the latest issue of Esquire magazine, and lucky for us, he does so shirtless.

In the issue, the Locke star, reveals that he has never felt manly.

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He told Esquire magazine: “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.”

Hardy revealed his fear causes him to choose ultra manly roles such as Bane in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises because he wants to understand how the other half lives.

Tom explained: “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 petit little bourgeois boy from London. I don’t fight, I mimic.”

Tom Hardy Esquire suit photo

The 36-year-old actor also talked about his past struggle with addiction, and says that he’s grateful for those experiences because he’s learned from them.

He said: “I am fucking lucky to be here, to be honest. Any near-death experience – if you’re lucky enough to fucking 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.”