Jon Bernthal shirtless, shaved and with bright yellow socks: would you hit it?

I can’t properly describe my disappointment in these Jon Bernthal photos. He played total d-bag Shane on “Walking Dead,” but I so would have. (In that situation, if I were Andrea and didn’t know what he did to Lori.) There was something compelling about how angry and righteous Shane was every week, and I sometimes even sided with him when it came to what had to be done to protect the group. But I’m confusing this guy with the character he plays, since Shane would never shave his chest like this, wear some sweatpants pulled up to his chest and pair it with bright yellow socks and blue shoes! This is not a hot workout look, nor is it semi-dorky but still endearing. It’s just fug and lady-boner killing. It’s really the hair that completes this look, but it will dry!

Shane would not be caught undead like this, but Jon Bernthal does not seem to care. He was photographed outside a boxing studio on L.A. yesterday with his sweet but protective-looking pitbull. You know that pooch would protect him against some zombies any day of the week.

Bernthal has a dumb tattoo above his waxed manboob reading “Lil Bird.” It surely has a deeper meaning for him and I shouldn’t judge. I googled, looked over his Wiki and IMDB and couldn’t figure out what his tattoo means. He doesn’t seem to have kids yet so it’s probably not for a daughter. (Update: Thanks to K below who commented that Lil Bird is what he calls his wife.)

Bernthal, 35, has been married since September 2010 (Here are his sweet wedding photos!), and along with acting he runs a nonprofit organization with his brother called Drops Fill Buckets. DFB enables donors to contribute to specific projects around the world, like a school in Kenya, job training in Minneapolis, and music therapy for seriously ill children in hospital. So I just fell in love with him a little bit.

Bernthal will next appear on television in former Walking Dead writer/director Frank Darabount’s L.A. Noir. From what I can find, the pilot should air on TNT sometime this fall. He also has two films coming out next year: 42, about the life of baseball great Jackie Robinson, and Snitch, a crime drama. Now I’m really rooting for him. He’s a talented actor, especially if he looks like this in his off time and can still convincingly play a mean d-bag.

I’ll try to blot these photos out of my mind and think of him as angry misunderstood Shane, secretly saving the world when he’s not killing people to save his own ass.

Photo credit: RODIFF/FameFlynet Pictures

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  1. Mata says:

    I think he’s a good actor & I enjoyed watching him as Shane, but he doesn’t do anything for me beyond that. I think his dog is cool, though.

  2. Memory27 says:

    I freaking love him on the walking dead sucks he had to die cuz I love his caracter D-bag and all specially when he shaved his head damn!!! :* sexy but to be honest I’m not interested on his new show.

  3. ZigZagZoey says:

    If his pants weren’t hiked up so far ~ What’s up with that?

  4. Kerfuffles says:

    Lawd, I loved him on The Walking Dead. So dirty hot. And yeah, I’d still hit it. Just lay those marigold socks on the ground & think of Atlanta :-)

  5. GoodCapon says:

    I love/hate Shane, but Jon is just not my type.

    And his dog is lovely… I’ll ignore the fact that he/she is off-leash. or maybe it’s a friendly off-leash neighborhood. Who knows *shrugs*

  6. K says:

    His tattoo” lil bird” is what he calls his wife.

  7. Roxy750 says:

    Yes, yellow socks and all, the answer is yes. The dog won me over.

  8. alexis says:

    I can’t see him as a person…I see him as his character, and I feel like I should apologize to him for that

  9. Stubbylove says:

    Is he trying to pull the “out-of-shape in-shape guy from the 50′s” look?

  10. fingerbinger says:

    I can’t get over the pants pulled up to his neck. He looks like a 75 year old grandpa with those pants.

  11. curegirl0421 says:

    With a stick, maybe. Gah.

    Those pants! Gerard Butler could pull off this schlubby attitude, but not this guy.

  12. Stacia says:

    I would…especially if I were “Andrea” in that scene when they were riding in the car after having killed alot of zombies. That was hot!

    It’s hard separating the character from the person..I guess that means he a very good actor.

  13. hatsumomo says:

    I looked through his wedding photos and that dog was in his wedding too! Thats super sweet, its like the dog really is their “baby” and wanted to include him/her in their celebration.

  14. MayaMae says:

    So sad to see him leave the show. The constant tension between Shane and Rick was even more interesting than the walkers.

  15. jamie says:

    can he pull them fugly jogging pants up any higher ! bad outfit ! he look’s like hes 4 feet tall? lol cute face ,not sure about the rest !

  16. Amy says:

    I would not hit it! Not on the show and not in grandpa’s sweat pants. But I would SO hit Andrew Lincoln. Repeatedly.

    I do love his beautiful blue pit, though. :) And he looks really nice in his wedding photos (Bernthal. And the dog, too.)

  17. Laura says:

    Wow, some people are a little cruel lol. I think some fail to remember he’s a regular human being and doesnt have to look fashionable everyday of his life. Plus he just came from a boxing gym, cut the man some slack. I personally think he still looks super sexy, and the pants and socks just make me giggle at how dorky he is. :)

  18. Penguin says:

    Loved him on twd. The scene where he opened the barn was amazing.

  19. nlb979 says:

    Put your dog on a leash, son.

  20. Rose says:

    Give the man a break! Yeah that look is pretty ridiculous, but actors don’t need to be glammed up 24/7. I love Walking Dead and i’m going to miss his character.

    The wedding photos are beautiful, it’s nice to see that he is a really sweet guy–separate from the loose cannon he played on WD

  21. Cletus says:

    All day, every day- forever. I’d hit it til there was nothing left of him but a crimson stain on the ceiling and a memory. With the socks, without the socks…. whatever. Awww, yeah.

  22. Meanchick says:

    Why are his pants pulled up to his pepperonis? Sorry, mini-pepperonis?

  23. mercy says:

    What really matters is how he looks with those funny clothes OFF. Love him!

  24. mercy says:

    Maybe he’s introducing a new style trend? It’s certainly better than the you-gotta-be-kidding trousers dropped below the butt cheeks and boxer shorts and bum hanging out.

  25. B says:

    Who cares how he dresses after he goes boxing?? HE WAS BOXING people. It’s not like he’s dressed like this to go walk the red carpet.

  26. Isobel says:

    Def still hit it. What he’s wearing does not change the fact that he’s got a sexy body… You know what he could wear a clown outfit with the big shoes and I’d still hit. I love men that are slightly disproportional in the facial area.

  27. Isobel says:

    Def still hit it. What he’s wearing does not change the fact that he’s got a sexy body… You know what he could wear a clown outfit with the big shoes and I’d still hit. I love men that are slightly disproportionate in the facial area.