Tom Hardy shows off his tattoos on the May cover of "Esquire' magazine.

Sadly in the magazine Tom talks about how he is not manly or butch but is as he calls it a petit little bourgeois boy. Here is what the Queen had to say:

On Playing A Man: “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 petit little bourgeois boy from London. I don’t fight, I mimic.” “I don’t like me very much. Never have.” Put another way: “I was a sensitive. I didn’t want to be a sensitive.”
ON Drugs: “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 risked losing something worth more to me than my behavior. I’m f–king lucky to be here, to be honest. Any near-death experience—if you’re lucky enough to f–king 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.”
Being A Movie Star: “Don’t get me wrong, there is part of me that wants to win an Oscar and wants to be on the front cover of a magazine and all that kind of stuff, but there’s also a part of me that really doesn’t. I’m not the guy you need—I’m not a role model. Don’t look too deep, because after you scratch the surface you are going to find out that I’m normal and I’ve got skeletons in my closet. But my intentions are good, and if you want to talk to me about the work, or if you want to work with me on something, then I hope you find that I’m a reliable team player. But you have to be as open and honest about it as I am, because you will be f–king judged, as I’ve been.”
Esquire Cover: “Who the fuck is this guy with the crooked teeth and the beard? He’s fucking ugly. Nobody buys a magazine with a beard on the front. So I ain’t shaving my beard for you. To shave my beard off would be to cut my fucking nuts off. You know what I mean? And give them to you to sell—to prove that I am a man. But without them, I am no longer. You sold them! And I am now a lie. Why would I do that? Oh, I’m a serious actor. Yes, I am. I cut my beard off, how do I look?”

TOM HARDY COVERS 'ESQUIRE' MAGAZINE MAY 2014 TOM HARDY COVERS 'ESQUIRE' MAGAZINE MAY 2014 Reviewed by Jason Santoro on April 12, 2014 Rating: 5