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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Tom Hardy, before and after

 I recently saw Lawless on Netflix. It wasn't bad, even though it was completely predictable. Tom Hardy did an excellent job as the soft spoken, strong man of action. He exuded toughness and confidence and masculinity.

Yesterday, the NY Post ran an article about how Hardy claimed not to be embarrassed by some old MySpace photos of him that had recently surfaced. Here's one:


I agree: why should he be embarrassed? He looks like just a normal young guy who's hoping to get laid. Maybe he's not as attractive as he seems to think he is, but that's not unusual for a guy. And while he's not in the greatest shape, neither is he in bad shape.

What Hardy should be embarrassed by are his more recent photos, like this one --


-- since they make it obvious he's gone on steroids. Turns out all that masculinity is store bought.

If you look up Hardy on Wikipedia, you'll see he used to be a crackhead back in the late 90's and early 2000's. So, perhaps he is to be congratulated for having been clean since 2003. Or, maybe all he's done is substitute one drug for another.

When an athlete goes on steroids, it's cheating, and reprehensible. When an actor does, it's more just the equivalent of getting plastic surgery. But even though Hardy's not cheating, it still must be a little embarrassing for him that his masculinity isn't really his. This is why no one ever admits to juicing, just as no one ever admits to having had plastic surgery -- as commonplace as both are these days.

10 comments:

Steven said...

yeah he definitely looks like he's juicing. His traps look superhuman on some pictures.


Here is a better picture of him when he was younger. Does look handsome here.


https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=tom+hardy+model&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=667&site=webhp&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAWoVChMIxuiX8PvuxwIViTDbCh0KqgH5#imgrc=_Vh03pDUZjJ-YM%3A

John Craig said...

Steven --
Yes, good-looking, but in an almost effeminate way. Note that in the "after" picture above he's trying to minimize his lips in an effort to look more masculine.

Steven said...

Do women generally have bigger lips than men, white and black?

I never really noticed.

John Craig said...

Steven --
I haven't noticed any correlation with blacks, but with whites, it's been my impression that homosexual men often seem to have fuller lips. Obviously, it's a far from perfect correlation.

Steven said...

Quite possibly but given that black men have big lips at the same time as often being very masculine, I wouldn't feel that big lips really detracted from masculinity (though it might make a feminine looking man look more feminine).

I guess you looked into Tom hardy because his name is on the James Bond shortlist?

John Craig said...

Steven --
As I said I hadn't noticed any correlation with blacks, it's only something I've noticed about whites, whose features show more variance than any other race.

I looked into Tom Hardy because of that article that appeared in the NY Post a couple days ago; I was surprised by how comparatively wimpy he looked back then. Hadn't realized he was on the Bond short list. I guess he wouldn't be the first Bond on steroids, since Craig was too.

Anonymous said...

Some women like pretty boys, maybe the more masculine women?

John, if you were told that in 6 months you will be the next James Bond would you hit the juice?

Andrew





John Craig said...

Andrew --
Ha! You bet I would!

Honestly, I find the idea of juicing quite tempting. As I said, it's a lot like plastic surgery: a little embarrassing, but the results are usually positive, if you don't overdo it.

I think there may be something to your theory about the more masculine women sometimes going for pretty boys. It would make sense evolutionarily, especially if they were going to have daughters.

Anonymous said...

Ha Ha! Same!

Well there is the sexy sons theory postulated by The Roissey. Why not sexy daughters?

Andrew

John Craig said...

Andrew --
I think the sexy daughters theory makes just as much sense.