Tom Hiddleston poses shirtless, in boxers for W Mag: thirsty or sexy?


You know it’s a good day when you can snort-giggle your way through a never-before-seen W Magazine editorial and say to yourself, “OMG WHY DID YOU AGREE TO THIS?” Tom Hiddleston *might* need to fire his publicist, his manager, and anyone else who gave the go-ahead for these photos – go here to see W Magazine’s NSFW, glorious Hiddlesdong editorial. The photos were taken back when Tom was in LA, although I don’t know if these are from his last visit a few weeks ago or from a few months ago. I do know that I cringed. It’s one thing to do a shirtless photoshoot for an artsy magazine. It’s quite another to strip down to your tight, white boxers and let everyone see the specifics of your bulge. I mean… Tom. Please. Don’t do this. I know it’s too late, but this was a trap and you fell into it, dong first. (And now I’m making myself laugh to the point where I can barely type.)

Even more hilarious? W Magazine posted these photos with an article called “Everything You Need to Know About Tom Hiddleston, Taylor Swift Boyfriend.” Obvious PR is Obvious. Even though I think Tom seemed a bit surly and overwhelmed, maybe he’s not. Maybe this is exactly what he wanted. He does tell W Magazine: “I’d make a terrible spy, because everybody knows who I am.” O RLY? A lot of people knew Tom Hiddleston, but now that he’s with Taylor Swift, everybody will know his name. And maybe that was his goal in the first place. But the thing about it is… he just seems super-thirsty. Like, “please, look at me, I’ll wear white boxers and everything!!”


Photos courtesy of Mona Kuhn/W Magazine.

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  1. Bros says:

    His muppet face just does nothing for me. he reminds me of Bert from Bert and Ernie. don’t get the appeal at. all.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      That is a funny comparison. I, too, find him unattractive.

      • cyn says:

        I honestly think that he is a beautiful man, but when I look at these photos, two things come to mind.

        #1 – Apparently the Hiddlesconda was a sock puppet.
        #2 – When he shows up to film Thor 3, Elsa Pataky can legitimately side eye him for being a famewhore. ELSA PATAKY!!!!!!

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Elsa still has it all over him. As you can read down thread, these were shot in April during TNM promotion for a spread including twelve tv actors total, all in underwear. W magazine just snatched at a cheap opportunity for clickbait.

      • LeAnn Stinks says:

        I never did either, until I saw him interviewed. He comes off as affable, charming and extremely articulate. Whether these characteristics he displays are genuine, or not, may be another story.

        When I was younger, my mother always said intelligence, a sense of humor and charm can make an average man handsome, and the lack of those qualities can make a gorgeous man, average. As I grew older, I realized she was right. Charm and personality can add or detract from a person’s physical beauty, Hiddleston is a case in point for me.

    • Chaine says:

      Bahahaha, I can see it. I don’t think he is unattractive, nice bod, anyway, but his facial expressions in the photoshoot are singularly dumb. Sort of like, “You guys, these boxers feel a little bit tight on me… Guys, anybody listening? Guys?”

    • Joss RED says:

      @Bros & @NotSoSocialButterfly


      Me too, I really don’t get all the fuss/claping/panties on the floor about him. At least, now we don’t have to worry about him becoming the next James Bond, and for that, I’m really thankfull to Taylor (no sarcasm).

      • Svetlana says:

        Most people assume he won’t get Bond role because they never cast famous people. Well guess what, we don’t know shit about what’s going on in Barbara Broccoli’s mind. Things change, maybe they’ll make the shift in their strategy. It’s not entirely impossible! Damn, I really hope I’m wrong about that:-)

      • Joss RED says:


        If he had any chances at getting the role, now he can kiss it goodbye! Being Taylor Swift’s boyfriend – and soon, Taylor Swift’s EX boyfriend – doesn’t “fit” with James Bond and the 007 franchise.

    • dana says:

      Classic. And you’ve said everything perfectly. Tom can sell me lots of things – but sex… isn’t one. Or even attractive. Stick to character actor. And now Taylor’s f@ckboy.

      • Pixelated says:

        My husband and I watched Crimson Peak recently and I told him that he was Swifty’s new boytoy. Mr. Pixelated turned to me and said, ‘HIM? He’s not even that attractive.’ Granted, Hiddles did play a super creepy role, but we are just not into him.
        Also, if San Diego didn’t have such a water shortage, I’d be pouring him a tall one because dude is parched.

    • anna says:

      I was ambivalent until now, but oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, spot on!!! He s dead to me now,,,

    • Camille says:

      I’ve never understood his appeal either, and these pics just make me smh and LOL. Hilariously bad.

    • sensible says:

      I find him really unattractive. His face is…….homely.

    • annabanana says:

      I don’t think he is attractive either. I have never seen any of his movies though….maybe he has a lot of on screen charm?

  2. lisa2 says:

    The pictures look a bit cheesy. He has a good body.. but that last picture is NO for me. I don’t like the underwear picture. It would be sexier if he kept the jeans on.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      A bit?

    • Val says:

      I don’t like the actual underwear… it looks like it’s made of paper.

    • Emmet says:

      I was trying to stay away from this but . .
      TMZ just put up a who would you rather with this against Calvin Harris’s pic
      let the games begin!

      still can’t believe the blonde giraffe may have to put out this time

    • Ravensdaughter says:

      Yes…partially undressed (as in the middle pic) is sexier!

    • Lana 567 says:

      He has anime body but these photos are awkward and weird. The only photo that looks good is the one with his pants on. Why did they choose white boxers that look they were made from paper. The only man that looks good while taking photos in his underwear is David beck ham. Does Tom really need to do this he looks soooo uncomfortable. The title of the article get to know “Tom Hiddleston Taylor swift’s new boyfriend” isn’t doing him any favours. Why are his pr people letting him do this cheesy shit.

  3. detritus says:

    Why not both?

    • crtb says:

      don’t understand the attraction.

      • detritus says:

        I don’t usually love a pasty dude, but I really enjoy the earnest/slightly dorky/wow abs combination. I hate and am immediately suspect of a smooth, charming man. Tom is the opposite of that.

  4. Jenns says:

    I’m experiencing secondhand embarrassment over here.

    • mee says:

      totally! actually i said it before about kim kardashian’s naked pics and i’ll say it here – keep that sh$t clothed. nice body but the expression is ridiculous and the thirst is palpable. sad and embarrassing.

    • Kitten says:

      LOLOL. So embarrassing. Just NO. Nonononononono.


      • Miss M says:

        This was my reaction too… But after that obvious photo op on the beach, he is just stepping his “No shame” game. LOL

    • Pinky says:

      He’s now officially gross. Swifty can have him.


    • V4Real says:

      …and the award for the best fame whore goes to my favorite thirsty celeb Tom Hiddleston Swift.

      • Miss Melissa says:

        Tom Hiddleston Swift!


        Sadly, not enough Gatorade in the world to quench that thirst.

    • LadyMTL says:

      Me too, so much embarrassment! I went to W Mag’s website and there’s one pic of him lounging on a bed that literally had me guffawing. I mean…Tom, this was not good.

      I can’t stop laughing.

      • Christin says:

        Oh, these photos are the tamest in the, ahem, spread.

      • M.A.F. says:

        That one nearly killed me. Just terrible. They couldn’t find him a better pair of boxers to wear?

      • GreenTurtle says:

        I pulled it up and saw the one in the blue suit, and thought, oh this is nice…and then I scrolled down, and saw his big, bare feet. Dear God, I don’t need to know that Hiddles has hammer toes. 😳

    • Jenna says:

      Ugh, I agree. It wouldn’t be so bad if he stripped off for a classier magazine, like something Euro and arty — or even sort of New York cool like what Kim did for Paper Magazine. But the full exposure, boring lighting here, the lameness of just “here’s me in my underwear in a hotel room”. Ugh, it’s just too much cringe.

      What is he doing?

    • twilly says:

      Me too. Yikes. It. Is. Awful!

    • cindy says:

      Me too. Since the posed beach gazing photos. Good lord. He seems nice enough which somehow makes it worse. That and the fact that he doesn’t seem to understand that he will never live all of this down. I can hardly look at these….stop it. Please stop. No no no. His publicist is either completely on board with this and cheering OR has already jumped off a bridge in sorrow.

    • Rocío says:

      For what it’s worth, he looks ashamed too. No hammaconda here.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      Totally killed my lady boner.

    • altariel says:

      Getting up the courage to go look at the link because I know I’m gonna cringe and get embarrassed for him…then laugh, I hope.

    • delphi says:

      This. Oh lordy, the second-hand embarrassment I am feeling is EPIC. Who authorized this? There’s a reason boudoir photography for men isn’t a thing. The bright lighting, the confused yet constipated look on his face…oy gevalt.

      My Hiddles lady-boner is dead, too @PunkyMomma.

    • ohdear says:

      Lainey has an article about this today, referring to it as Taylor Swift’s facebook post to show the Calvin she moved on, and that she gets to have her mostly undressed ‘rebound’ plastered all over for her ex to see. It’s kind of funny.

    • browniecakes says:

      I didn’t believe the TnT love on the rocks photos were staged but now I do. What is next? I am putting in my request for photos of him spending Fathers’ Day with the Swifts.

  5. Maria says:

    what is he doing in the gym if his body looks like this? standing in front of the mirror and performing Shakespeare? even that should give more muscle. he looks like a pre teen boy.

    well minus the balding.

    • Rebecca/Becky says:

      He bulked up a lot for Skull Island, but that wrapped in March so it looks like these pics were taken recently if he hasn’t been keeping the same workout regime. The guy is naturally skinny.

    • Sunny says:

      … He definitely does not look like a preteen boy, c’mon now.

      • Maria says:

        as i said: minus the balding. thats simply not the body of a man.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        He doesn’t do it for me, but clearly he does look like a grown man and not a boy. That’s taking it too far.

      • Crocuta says:

        It’s a body of a grown up man alright. I worry about your state of mind if you see a preteen body in *that*.

        I dislike Hiddleston as much as the next person but man you’re reaching.

      • M.A.F. says:

        If that is not the body of a man, then you must not have seen a lot of men. He is over 6′ and he is a runner.

    • Ennie says:

      body shaming? I’d need to check a Tom thread pre Taylor to check if the comments were really this bad

    • Blue says:

      I think he looks fit but a bit pasty. You can see even more in High Rise where he’s pretty much naked except for a towel or newspaper. And that was from last year.

    • Cranberry says:

      There is Nothing wrong with his body darling, but there seems to be something wrong with your perception. Maybe, at very least, a visit to the optometrist could help.

  6. mee says:

    glorious. the gossip gods keep giving.

    did daniel craig ever wear tightie-whiteys in a fashion spread? did brad pitt? sorry but i think hiddlestoner is taking tips from kim kardashian’s PR book.

    • Colette says:

      I have seen Brad Pitt in boxers on the Art Issue of Vanity Fair.Brad looked sexy and cool but these pics of Tom make me giggle.

      • Amy says:

        Would this image be found somewhere online by chance? I want to do a comparison for purely intellectual reasons………….

      • ohdear says:

        he should just do a spread of different poses from previous Bond movies, tongue-in-cheek like.

    • Ally8 says:

      Well, there was that whole big deal made of Daniel Craig emerging from the sea in small swim trunks in his first Bond movie. So I think this sad photoshoot might be an extension of TH trying to prove his Bond-worthiness. The more he bulks up, though, the more he looks like a pinhead. (Also, can he ever do a different hairstyle or does it always have to be combed up like that? It contributes to that issue.)

      • Grace says:

        I was thinking about that – maybe it wouldn’t look as bad if he still had the hair from he did War Horse interviews. You know, the leather jacket phrase? Back then, also less wrinkles and better skin. Or maybe he had too much bronzer applied in these photos.

      • M.A.F. says:

        I’ve been saying it for years, he needs to grow his hair back out. He keeps cutting it too short then he puts gel on the front ends to stick them up. It’s almost borderline 90’s hair. Just minus the frosted tips.

  7. Lex says:

    I just don’t find him attractive at all. Him being a nerd would be the only thing that would endear me to him, but this awkward photoshoot is the opposite of that. So much PR.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      I always found him attractive, especially around the time Thor first came out ( especially as Loki), but this just killed all the attraction. So very cheesy. So very try hard.

      • V4Real says:

        That’s what it was with me. I found him attractive as Loki. The attraction has since faded. I think his thirstiness had a lot to do with it. I remember how a lot of people would prefer him over Chris but I will take the big blonde Aussie over this bloke any day.

        He would get a small pass if this was Men Fitness mag or something but this…just no.

      • twilly says:

        That’s when I liked him too. Now – this and Taylor Swift – how far can you drop in such a short time. He should stay in Britain. America is not kind to him.

  8. Londongal says:

    This is now like watching your favourite bar burn down in front of your eyes. WTAF is he doing? I know what he’s doing, blatant profile raising/pr, but I honestly think this is such a misjudged own goal. Alienating all the fans he had by exposing himself as a blatant, thirsty, famewhore, not a man devoted to the craft, privacy etc. It’s literally the opposite of every message in every interview which means we all now know that was a lie. And lies, a crafted persona, is exactly what turns off his demographic of fans, me being one. Lost all respect at this stage on so many levels. Huge. Own. Goal.

    • Maria says:

      i agree. the people he wants to appeal to will never find him hot enough, the people that used to be his fans wont like this. so why is he doing this? he will look dumb and lose fans over all of this. really bad career move.

    • InvaderTak says:

      Yeah, it’s really ott. He seemed really genuine to me about what he’d been saying and this is just nuts. Still not convinced he was full of it then either; he just didn’t do things like this though I know some here disagree. I hope he goes back to the way it was. Just let this fade as a big mistake, a by line in the weird year of 2016 gossip. I’d honestly be into this if it weren’t for the rest of everything that’s happened. I know that’s fangirl irrational but it really is like watching your favorite band sell out. I think he can get it back if I wants to. These pics were taken a while ago, before the other crap happened so part of it is just bad timing. Just please stop now.

      • Chinoiserie says:

        He has been celebrity for a long time now but not still not that well known for general public not has he gotten a lot of important roles so maybe he and/or his publicisy are just frustrated and wanted to try a different approach. So while he probably always has been a little thristy not absolutely everything needs to be a lie.

      • I Choose Me says:

        I feel your pain. Literally my face hurts from all the cringing I’m doing on his behalf. Hold me Invader Tak as I mourn the demise of my Hiddleslust.

      • InvaderTak says:

        It’s definitely new approach at getting….something, somewhere. I think it’s backfired big time on them. I don’t fault for wanting to get to the next level or anything but there harms to be a better way. This just looks desperate. OK it is. Sigh. Just hit abort and I think it’ll be OK, not what it used to be, but OK. Just don’t make it worse! That’s the smartest thing they could do right now. Just don’t make it worse.

        @choose me: I can’t stop cringing either but I don’t want to give up yet.I mean this could I’ll be forgotten soon enough if they play their cards right.

    • Rebecca/Becky says:

      Actually I think the photos are great – the timing of their release is bloody awful.

      If they had come out a month ago at the end of his promo tour then fans would’ve lapped them up. However they’re not aimed at his current fans.

      Whenever they were taken his US pr have been holding onto them for a while, and with the header of that article linking to TS they’re fishy as hell.

      • Dara says:

        Timing is horrendous. They made me cringe, and I’ve actually been really looking forward to some half-naked Hiddles photos appearing in fashion magazines in the wake of The Night Manager success. But not like this.

        There are a set of paparazzi photos of Tom leaving the Standard High Line wearing that blue suit from April 18 in NYC. Since W thanks the Standard High Line in their credits I’m putting two and two together and guessing that’s when the photos were taken. So yes, W has had them for a while.

      • Alarmjaguar says:

        I do like the pic of him in the blue suit, but the others, eh

      • Lilacflowers says:

        W is a monthly so the magazine has had the pictures and interview for probably two months, because that’s the usual lead time on an editorial piece. The editors may have added the TS bit at the last minute and it may not be in the print edition

      • Dara says:

        The print edition had better be a damn sight better than these – both the photos and the copy feel like a rushed amateur-hour piece they threw together because he’s now suddenly headline news.

      • Rebecca/Becky says:

        Dara, well-spotted, the credit says “Special thanks to the Standard Highline and Chateau Marmont” but the pics look like they were taken at The Standard, the decor is the same. Is that the place featured in Shame?

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @As Joann explains below, this is part of a bigger piece on 10 TV stars posing in underwear. Don’t know who the other 9 are but I expect will soon see threads about them on which people scream “thirsty” “desperate” “killed my lady boner!”, and “he just destroyed his career!” Or we won’t.

      • Dara says:

        @Rebecca, the room definitely looks like the Standard. I haven’t seen Shame, but I’m guessing it’s the same place. Can’t quite figure how Chateau Marmont figures in, when The Night Manager had its premiere in LA in early April, their after-party was at the Chateau – perhaps that’s where they had the “interview”, such as it was.

        Knowing that these photos were meant to be seen as part of a larger feature has me less peeved than when I first saw them. Context is everything. Still, W is doing Tom absolutely no favors at all while simultaneously using him as shameless click-bait.

      • Rebecca/Becky says:

        Well it’s W magazine then that have jumped on the hype and released these pics in which case it’s unfortunate.

        If he hadn’t been involved in those stupid staged photos the other day W wouldn’t have run with this would they?

      • Rebecca/Becky says:

        Lilacflowers, the other subjects in the series weren’t seen in what was viewed as a PR stunt with Taylor Swift last week were they?

        I agree context is everything.

    • Josefina says:

      My thoughts exactly. He is so clearly out of his element here. This was a bad career move, I think. He’s really not a Hollywood heartthrob by any means, and his actions this past week have made it very hard to take him seriously as a dramatic actor. Talented as he may be and as well as he’s playing the role, it’ll be impossible to not think of Swifty and these pictures whenever he’s on screen.

    • A.Key says:

      “This is now like watching your favourite bar burn down in front of your eyes. ”


      Thank you for this, brilliant xD

    • MoochieMom says:

      Love the bar reference. This IMMEDIATELY took away all the mystery and now that it is out there, I’m over it. NEXT! *goes Pinteresting for next crush with afternoon wine by the pool*

    • Wood Dragon says:

      The bloom is most decidedly off of the Hiddleston rose. The extended honeymoon he had with his fans is over. Loki can’t even save him now, I suspect: Taylor Swift, eh?
      He needs to focus on the work and stick with women who have some gravitas in their careers and personas if he wants to get his mojo back. Otherwise, Fassbender, quirks and all, will rule in his place.
      If he went into this relationship with any sincerity – which …. well, the consensus here is not going in his favor…then he’s not going to enjoy the inevitable reduction to pop song fodder that awaits him.
      He let daylight in on the magic and may never get it back.

      • DahliaDee says:

        I mean, for an Eton-Cambridge-RADA educated man? Tacky doesn’t begin to cover it. And the quotes… smh. “Everyone knows who I am.” I love you, but stahp. “Enigma” as in “I can’t figure out what the f**k’s got into you all of a sudden”. I’ll grant him “good at keeping secrets” because I wouldn’t have guessed he’d throw all his dignity out the window.
        Yes, I’m bitter. I didn’t have any celebrity crush backups. It’s like opening your spank bank vault and finding a gaping hole in the middle of the floor and a drawing of something vaguely reminiscent of your favourite fodder flipping you the bird.

      • Cranberry says:

        ” the inevitable reduction to pop song fodder that awaits him.
        He let daylight in on the magic and may never get it back”

        Well that’s not what happened with Jake Gyllenhaal. I think he’ll come out of this alright. Especially since some of us enjoy looking at his body even if it’s not the best set up photo shoot. It’s just him in his skin. No shaving and waxing and glossing it up in obvious designer undies. Not that I’d complain with that either. I’m just easy I guess. More for me. Yea!

  9. Cora says:

    Ha ha! I’ve got the voice of Julia Roberts in my head right now, “That’s so tacky!”

  10. Lennox says:

    This is embarrassing. His expression is pure Bieber.

    • Maria says:

      he looks more like a comic who wants to make fun of those kind of pictures.

      • Brunswickstoval says:

        It’s like he doesn’t know what to do with his arms. They’re just hanging. God he looks awkward.

    • Josefina says:

      Bieber’s CK ads were the first thing to pop into my head.

      Couldn’t they have at least picked a more flattering pair of boxers? In black, maybe? This editorial just looks so cheap.

      • GreenTurtle says:

        It does! It’s disappointing. I used to read W years ago, and it was a proper fashion mag with some great editorials. Now this, and “Everything you need to know about Taylor Swift’s boyfriend”??? Yuck.

  11. Tiffany says:

    A week ago I would have said sexy. And with a straight face as I said it.

    • Tulip says:

      He still is sexy. He is still incredibly sexy! But like you say, the timing is off. And as another poster pointed out, these pics aren’t for us. The people who’ll hire the next James Bond or the overwhelming fan base that is Swifty’s are meant to devour these. I don’t know which one is the exact target though.

  12. Mira says:

    I can’t stop laughing, this is so cheesy! He is the gift that keeps giving right now! 😂

    • CornyBlue says:

      Right ? I was getting restless there was no article about them today

    • Sixer says:

      I honestly think I’ve died and gone to heaven. I’ve never loved LEGS as much as I love him now. I was reeling from the discovery that The Bloke was a royal sucker-up but LEGS has rescued me from despair by going full TRASH. It’s wonderful.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        Why is the Bloke a royal sucker-up? I missed that.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        When I saw the pictures on Twitter, my first thoughts were that you might choke with laughter. Glad you’re safe. Fresh joy.

      • Sixer says:

        Locke – he was on a royal post here playing polo with the Windsor boys and I groaned, only to be told that he was always doing that. It’s put me right off him.

        Lilac – I love you, I am sorry, I am unlikely to stop laughing in this life time.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        Well, wasn’t the Bloke always a sort of posh fake working class wannabe? Playing polo with the royals does seem a bit much.

      • Sixer says:

        Kinda. Not posh like Hiddlesknickers, Benny, Redmayne et al. But a middle class boy pretending to be chavvy, yes. Not at the level of polo hobnobbing, however.

      • Rebecca/Becky says:

        Sixer, I again nearly laughed out loud at my desk, that’s my new nickname for him – Hiddlesknickers.

        Poor Tom, I feel sorry for him now. I wonder if he has any idea that he’s a virtual laughing stock among his fans. Maybe he’s doing it deliberately!

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Refresh my memory– which one is the Bloke? Also Hiddlesnickers is the perfect new name. The Dragonfly king is dead. long live the Hiddlesnickers.

      • Sixer says:

        Tom Hardy, Miss J.

      • Naya says:

        Hiddlesnickers it is then…

      • Kitten says:

        I’m glad you’ve given up on the Bloke, Sixer, because our Bloke Time Share was getting tiresome.

        I look forward to moving him into Casa De Kitten on a full-time basis.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I just clicked and looked at the rest of the pictures. They are all just awful. My eyes, they bleed.

        The one where he is pretty much showing the package for the world to see is beyond desperate. Whose idea what this?

      • spidey says:

        Sixer, was he actually playing polo? Not seen that.

      • celticangel says:

        Love that name (hiddlesnickers)
        😂 was laughing and drinking coffee at the same time, kinda hurts coming out of the nose. Won’t forget that name. Thanks for the laugh, much needed. Luv reading you guys. LoL. Poor Tom, what a joke and I admit I was a sucker for his old persona. Blinders are off now.

      • Sixer says:

        Not actually playing, spidey. Just doing the sucky-up stuff. Yuck. The Bloke is dead to me now. Kitten’s happy about this.

        Hiddlesknickers it is then. Bless his little cotton underwears.

      • Miss Melissa says:

        I’ll be honest, the Bloke has always had my vote for James Bond.

      • Rebecca/Becky says:

        Hiddles-knickers – knickers as in undies. Word derived from knickerbockers I believe

      • Sixer says:

        Knickers is really just the British word for panties. Men don’t wear them. My dishonourable motive, as ever, is to emasculate poor old LEGS even more than he has just done it himself. I am not a good person.

  13. Insomniac says:

    I usually like him, but what in the world is he doing? At this point I’m just embarrassed for him.

    • Roisye says:

      How I long for the days when he would show up at the opening of an envelope…

    • Jellybean says:

      I admit I have always been a bit embarrassed for him. I hated it when he would dance and sing on those chat shows – cringe worthy! I have never been a fan and the chat show antics, plus his old Etonian super privilege just put back up. I am gradually starting to enjoy him as an actor, but I will never turn out for a film just because he is in it.

  14. What the hell is he doing??!! Just stop. Stop it right now! There’s a sexy way to pose in boxers but this is cringeworthy. Not because he’s not attractive but these are just standing there in tight, white, boxers. It’s not sitting on the couch with a cup of coffee or a manly and alluring pose that draws you in and you want to see more. It’s just odd. It’s like I accidentally walked in on a man in the middle of undressing and feel the need to turn away and apologize.

  15. roxane says:

    He’s fine, but yes after all this obvious PR i can’t help but laugh. He’s so thirsty someone need to throw him in a swimming pool.

  16. EM says:

    The pic with the fist is a joke. What was he thinking?

    • mee says:

      yes – it makes me think he’s a horrible actor. but as someone above said, it almost looks like a joke/parody of such spreads. except it’s not the Onion. anyway thank you for the laugh – making my Monday less painful!!

    • Maria says:

      i think its a pose to show of the forearms, which can be very manly. he just doesnt have any.

    • Mira says:

      Thats his Bond audition pose i think? 😂
      Seriously i have noticed he always does that type of pose for some reason. I guess its his manly yet thoughtful pose. 🙂

    • kai says:

      It’s his go-to-pose, “the Thinker” (or something). He’s a good actor, but not much of a model.

      • Cranberry says:

        He’s actually a very good model. He has a very editorial features if the photographer and mag designer know what they’re doing. He’s just not young, beef cake sexy like so many women have to expect from magazine spreads. Plus his model/photo work is usually with his clothes on. Even though he’s got a more mature look now, no longer the bloom of youth radiating off his cheeks, he’s still got a very fit body. It’s too bad this photo shoot wasn’t done better.

  17. CornyBlue says:

    So he is out of Bond running and that is why he pulled the paps ? Or was it to bulk up his profile ?

    • Abigail says:

      This is what I’m guessing. None of this is good for getting cast as Bond, and I would suspect that he has already been told he’s out. So he’s trying desperately to capitalize on the hype he was getting as “the next bond.”

  18. Brunswickstoval says:

    Why did I click on the link??!?! It’s bedtime here in Australia and that’s the last thing I see before bed??

    • Kitten says:

      Yeah this is the stuff of nightmares.

      • Sixer says:

        Kitten! Did you know that The Bloke plays polo with princes? Does this kill your ladyboner? Cos it does mine.

      • Kitten says:

        Super-lame but it doesn’t destroy my ladyboner, as long as he keeps it out of the bedroom.

      • Sixer says:

        Fair enough! But you can have him now. I’ll tie a little ribbon around him and everything.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Kitten, I can see the Bloke’s polo pony standing in your kitchen with his polo clothes strewn about the living room, leading to your bedroom door.

  19. kai says:


    The one of him sliding off the bed…. Is this real??

    • Rebecca/Becky says:

      Kai, I seriously started giggling at my desk at your comment lol!

    • I Choose Me says:

      Stomach.hurts.from.laughing. I’m at work people!

    • Cranberry says:

      That’s the one I like the best. I don’t care if they’re not high end, he looks sexy and you can’t convince me otherwise.

  20. Ninks says:

    I really don’t understand the appeal at all. Partly, it’s an Irish thing, I think. We’re conditioned to dislike all upper class Brits on principle. But, he’s nothing special to look at and he’s so transparently thirsty. I don’t get why the internet is so crazy for him.

    This pictures are Kardashian level thirsty.

    • CornyBlue says:

      The entire fetishinzing of posh Brits is so weird to me too. Like I am not British but my boyfriend is English and he was bullied so bad during childhood by some of these posh kids his intense dislike of them has rubbed off on me.

    • Sixer says:

      Some of us plebby Brits (well, me) fail to understand why this anachronistic version of the UK sells so well in the US. But I’d be entirely happy if you took them all off our hands.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      I first thought he was attractive (Loki), then found out he was posh. When you’re a foreigner the accent doesnt tell you anything. I did like all of them a little less when I found out they went to private school ( is that reverse snobbery?).
      It’s partially because they’re the only ones that are shown internationally. Not that many working class Brits are that big so if you don’t follow the UK scene you dont know about them.
      Eddie Redmayne is still so darn adorable, but other than that I don’t think I liked any other posh Brits.

  21. Leah C says:

    I actually really like these. I think he looks amazing.

    • Pix says:

      I am going to agree. I was not a fan until I saw these photos. He is actually sexy! Like really sexy. I always thought of his as a creepy creature comic book character. I never “got” his appeal. I totally get it now. Seriously.

  22. FingerBinger says:

    Derek Zoolander would be proud.

    • Eleonor says:

      I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking.

    • Christin says:

      Next — He and his philanthropic new girlfriend establish the Hiddles Center for Children Who Can’t Read Good and Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too.

      • Meee4 says:

        BHAAAAAA HAAA. This just left me in a fit of laughter induced tears. Thank you
        P.S. I bet he’d be at the ribbon cutting gleefully correcting their grammar himself.

      • I Choose Me says:

        STAHP! You’re all going to get me fired from work. LMAO.

    • Maria_ says:


      can´t stop laughing

    • Izzy says:

      Of all the comments on this amazing, glorious thread, it was FingerBinger’s that set me off laughing hysterically. This entire comments section gives me life today!

      Binger, Kitten, Pinky, Sixer, Lilacflowers, and the rest of the gang, screw the mimosas, I am making JELL-O SHOTS for all, in a variety of flavors, and with whipped cream, because this certainly calls for it. Every time Hiddles or Tiddles does something cheesy, we take a shot. It’ll be great. Where’s GNAT???

      Oh, this is all such glorious gossip. What a way to start the summer.

      • Eve says:

        @ Izzy:

        Are you nuts? If we take a shot every time one of them does something cheesy we will die from alcoholic intoxication!!!

        Damn…internet went down and I missed all the fun.

  23. Fa says:

    He looks older for a 35 years old

  24. Karen says:

    The link address to the photos perfectly lays out the obvious PR plan for this sudden visibility of his personal life and undies:

    Tom Hiddleston + Taylor Swift = James Bond

    This plan may blow up in his face. Yes, he needs to prove he’s attractive to a wider female fan base, but he still needs to be seen as a cool, collected, and mysterious. This hyper PR attack doesn’t stay in line with the current Bond attitude (dark, surly, dangerous)

    • kai says:

      I just don’t believe that Tom was ever seriously in the running for Bond for more than five minutes and I think he knew that, it’s just good publicity. He’s definitely going for ‘sexy leading man’, though.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I don’t think he was either and I don’t think he ever thought he was. It is something the British media started during The Night Manager run and then almost every single interviewer during the promo tours for ISTL, TNM, and High-Rise had to ask him. He has repeatedly and politely said there were no discussions, that the questions were a distraction, and even that he wished it would stop. And that gets labeled as “heavy campaigning”. Several people have flat out admitted they want to be Bond. He isn’t one of them.

    • Naya says:

      I read an article some time ago about why Bennifer 1.0 was so bad for Affleck which very much applies to these internet boyfriends. A certain kind of media coverage can be “feminizing” to the image. Apparently, it makes you unappealing to the boys and lets face it, major movies are made for boy audiences first. If you think about it, all the pin up boys who made it to the mainstream (Depp, Pitt, DiCaprio) all actively resisted this type of marketing. Note also how rarely somebody like Gosling indulges his Tumblr following, from the type of movies he does, to the outlets he poses for, to what he allows out about his private life. Hiddlestone and his PR manager are idiots.

      • Cranberry says:

        Depp, Pitt, DiCaprio and Gosling are/were all young, sexy, James Dean type, American actors. That’s their advantage. Crossing over from UK to US market is not as easy as just being good looking and having talent. You have to be marketable to US audience which usually means very sexy like Henry Cavell and young for starters. Talent not as high of a priority.
        BTW Depp, Pitt, DiCaprio and Gosling may not have actively participated in this level of PR, but make no mistake they were definitely sought after by women and were of subject of many naughty fantasies and sold a lot of magazines for the hounding tabloids.

    • Truthie says:

      It seems to be Hiddleston showing us he can be beefcake as well as Shakespearean. In poker fashion, now I want Jon Hamm to see this, and raise him, in a classier 1960’s style shoot. And come to think of it, Jon Hamm wouldn’t be that bad as 007.

  25. Pants says:

    He looks like the leading man… in a softcore porn.

  26. Bee says:

    Personalities aside, I find him a downgrade from Calvin Harris, I just can’t se le the appeal with this him.

  27. kiki says:

    I lost all respect for Tom Hiddlestone. First the PR move from Taylor Swift and now posing in you white boxers in W Magazine. He does have a good body and he is packing (omg I have just shamed myself) but I cringe because I find him cheesy in a tacky way. Where is the classy, RADA alum, classically trained actor that I looked up to?

  28. ncboudicca says:

    Poor imitation of the mens’ underwear models in the 1970s Sears Catalogs.

    To think that we all thought Cumberbatch was “thirsty” a year or two ago.

  29. Keaton says:

    Thirsty. I’ve never found him particularly sexy tbh. He doesn’t have the animal magnetism of say a Tom Hardy. His appeal to me was more about his talent and his adorkable charm. These pictures are pretty Meh. He looks like a very average white guy. Not hot but not laughably embarrassing either. :/ So many missteps lately Hiddles.

  30. Payapa says:

    Mon dieu, c’est tres terrible! BAHhaha.

    Ps: Do you lovely ladies at CB really have to change your FB cover photo to one of Olivia Benson’s new papa in all his glory?

  31. Sixer says:


    LEGS is performing a public service for his country. He’s distracting us from the farrago that is the Brexit referendum. He thinks giving Britain a good laugh is the best medicine for it.

    There can be no other explanation for all this um… well, whatever this nonsense is, can there?

    Don’t worry, Dragonflies: it’ll only last until Thursday.

    • frisbee says:

      Oh thank GOD an explanation for all this sheer silliness – I could forgive him if we get a video of him doing the Ministry of Silly Walks in his knickers, I would pay good money to see that…

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      Sixer, I just blew tea out of my nose from laughing. And I wasn’t even drinking tea……

    • Sixer says:

      I mean, surely there has to be a reason, right? Cos if these moves are the result of the brainpower activated by Eton and Oxbridge, then I think both institutions need to take a good, long, hard look at what they’re churning out.

      But only after I’ve finished laughing!

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Higher ed is not what it used to be. And I suspect that plenty of people fly through on the coat tails of privilege and family money. If anyone questions this, all we have to do is point to Taylor’s new boy toy.

      • Sixer says:

        On a serious note (which is exceedingly difficult to strike today), I actually have never thought him stupid. But one does wonder quite how much it is a surface level of refinement this elite education manages to achieve and really, not a great deal more.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I always gave him some credit for being smart and serious, but recent events and especially these photos are causing me to rethink this.

        I think he is very, very good at imitation– and maybe this includes imitating refinement, etc. Maybe this is as deep as he goes and maybe this represents what he has wanted all along.

        Haha, never mind the “maybe.” I’ve been calling him on this for a long time now, and the double and triple servings of affirmation are refreshing.

      • Sixer says:

        “Stultus est sicut stultus facit.”

        Cambridge classics goes Forest Gump!

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Tempest Bebende!

      • frisbee says:

        Bigus Dickus!

    • Grace says:

      Hahaha! I actually wondered if it was the vote that brought out the craziness in everyone – it’s all people could talk about everywhere, on the streets, in the pubs. This morning I got emails from big companies asking people to vote to stay.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      He’s doing his patriotic duty. Give him a knighthood immediately


        Oh Lilac! I just snorted ginger ale out of my nose! A CBE would be perfect, with an accompanying documentary called “Keeping Up With the Cumberbatch.”

      • Kiki says:

        Oh well. Somewhere around the world where Benedict Cumberbatch is, must be thinking “Thank God, I am married. I would have this mess”

        Making a fool of yourself Tom Hiddleston.

    • A.Key says:

      Wonder if he’ll vote at all since he’s living with Swift in USA now. He’ll probably need to get her approval first. And of course she’ll have to tell him how to vote as well.

  32. Grace says:

    Oh good god. My eyeballs are turning backwards inside my scalp to avoid seeing… I don’t know, white cloth drawers looking thingy probably date back the beginning of the century or something… WTHell is it? Did he happen to find a pair of underwear by rummaging his public school years wardrobes? These pictures just look uncomfortable as hell.

    Does anyone else get the feeling of being overshared?

  33. frisbee says:

    Going for sexy and achieving ‘catalog’ underwear model’ has to be prime jumping the shark territory. He’s even sucking his cheeks in to emphasise his cheekbones – it just makes him looks daft.

  34. turtle says:

    Tom HIddleston needs to drink protein shakes all day every day if he’s going to do this.

    Bulk up and then no probs.

    Until then it looks like he wants to be Fassbender and is failing…badly.

    I thought he was so sexy as Loki…nothing else about him appeals to me currently.

    Eddie Redmayne has stolen my heart as #1 posh British boy. I want to see his feminine ass in this shoot omg he’d be fire!

    • Kate says:

      I was just thinking of the Fassbender comparison. He did a nude photo shoot for W Magazine in 2011/2012, but it was for promotion of Shame, so it made sense. Also, the photos were A LOT better than these.

      I think it’s hilarious that these photos of Tom Hiddles were shot at the Standard Hotel in NYC, famously the same hotel where Fassbender shot scenes for Shame.

      • Kiki says:

        Michael Fassbender can do this photo shoot. Not Tom Hiddleston. Tom Hiddleston has a classic appeal to sexy, it is debonair and posh. Where as Micheal Fassbender is a working class, ruggedly sex appeal, this is Michael’s thing.

        I really like Tom’s sex appeal as a well sophisticated man, and this shoot breaks my heart. Ugh I don’t want to see his face anymore

    • altariel says:

      Does anyone else see the facial resemblance between Tom and Fassbender? Sorry if this has ever been discussed before. I think on certain angles they look alike.

  35. Miss Jupitero says:

    The overpowering scent of Eau de Désespoir is just too much– all I can do is ridicule him. These pics are beyond cringeworthy.

    People, the Dragonfly King really did think this was a good idea. So much for Eton/Cambridge/RADA. He is this thirsty.

    He fell in dong first! Omg, Kaiser, that is priceless!

    • Sixer says:

      Dong first! Life doesn’t get any better.

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      Time for mimosas, Sixer…….

    • KittyKat says:

      If he didn’t want to do it he’d tell them no wouldn’t he? That’s what he betrays himself to be.

    • Anon says:

      The look in his eyes tell me that he realised this was a bad idea 10 seconds after he got his trousers off. He looks embarrassed, which is in my view what makes these pics such a turn-off. Chris Evans and Idris Elba have done shirtless photo shoots, but you either have to do it with an look of total belief that you are the sexiest thing ever (CE), or do it with a wink (IE). Or just totally take the p*** out of those kind of shoots, like the one where Cumberbatch posed on a bar stool with a newspaper covering his bits. Shirtless with Shame isn’t an option.

      • I Choose Me says:

        Exactly! It’s his expression that’s killing these photos for me. He looks uncomfortable, tense and try-hard which is the very anti-thesis of sexy.

        Are we sure he hasn’t been replaced with a replicant? Or that someone is blackmailing him? Has his pet for ransom? I mean I knew he was ambitious but I just don’t get how in the hell he or his publicists think THIS kind of exposure is a good idea.

      • Annetommy says:

        Invasion of the Hiddlesnatchers?

  36. Clementine says:


    deep breath


    • Eleonor says:

      I’ll join you
      aaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaahahhhaaa !!!!

      • Olenna says:

        Me, too! I remember the snubs, laughingly, I used to get when I commented on this foolish man being a foolish man. Now, I feel so at home, LOL!

  37. Kate says:

    I’m gonna look at these all day.
    Judge me all you want, CBers!

  38. Fa says:

    It is publicity also Calvin H did underwear photoshoot just after he got together with Taylor

  39. OSTONE says:

    Is like the tesseract possessed Tom! I don’t know, I found him semi attractive when he was quiet and goofy and earnest, like a geek. Now all I can think of with this spread is that he may be horrible in bed.

  40. Rocío says:

    He’s by no means ugly but I don’t get the hype. If we were talking about Oscar Isaac or Kirsten Dunst’s ex boyfriend (the one from Tron?), you’ve got me but this man is just plain looking who got lucky by Marvel PR.

  41. Eleonor says:

    I can hear Calvin Harris laughs form here.

  42. littlemissnaughty says:

    Thank you! That made my Monday so much better. This shoot is horrible. He looks like a romance novel hero caught in the early morning light of a cheap hotel room. I imagine the now deflowered heroine is off to the side somewhere. Who was in charge of lighting??? And those boxers (or whatever you call this abomination) are unsexy af. None of this is cute. He looks like a dude who’s bad in bed.

    • marmaduke45 says:

      One of those cheap motels that have a “No Refunds After 15 Minutes” sign behind the front desk.

    • Miss S says:

      Someone should make one of those fake book covers with these photos. I know I’m a horrible person:D

    • MoochieMom says:

      So MoochieDad travels a lot to the UK and Northern Ireland. He usually has his hotel do laundry but forgot one time and literally had no clothes to wear the next day so he “HAD” to go shopping (he is worse than I am about shopping). He came home with boxers just as tight fitting as these and I made him throw them out. I just could not on him and cannot on TH either.

  43. MI6 says:

    Now we know what he was doing in LA before WW. Well, he’s definitely not Loki anymore – he’s officially Taylor Swift’s boyfriend.
    This whole thing is an absolutely epic PR meltdown.

    • Miss S says:

      @MI6, do you have info on the Bond subject? ^_^

      • MI6 says:

        There was an article in something called 007 Magazine which indicated TH had received an offer for the role sometime mid-May. I scanned it but don’t know how reliable that source is. I am quite frankly trying not to think about it. All this is like watching a slo-mo trainwreck. He’s WAY too talented for all these idiotic shenanigans. I just don’t think he knows it. Yet.

      • Miss S says:

        Oh but he will… he will… ^_^

  44. Shambles says:

    Holy hell. 63 comments in 10 minutes?! I’m getting fever-dream flashbacks to the CumberCrazy days.

  45. Meee4 says:

    While he looks good(I think I prefer him with a suit on). This new campaign he’s doing, whatever its is not a good look.
    “Taylor Swift’s BF” is now how I’ll address him when ever anyone asks me who plays Loki. LOL! Oh Tom..sigh.
    Live your life but don’t EVER complain again about privacy or pontificate that its “all about the work”. HA HA

  46. Lone Unicorn Tear says:

    Guess how they will spin this? “Oh, swoon. Tom Hiddleston is such a dreamy feminist trying to redress the imbalance. Serious female actresses always have to do these cheesy underwear shoots. Tom believes in equality. Sigh.”

    Yep, looks like he pounced on two women “right after” they freed themselves of relationships. Hiddleston is a real women’s liberator. I’ll admit I was duped. Always took the gossip about his love life with a grain of salt. But where there’s smoke, there’s fire. It’s super uncomfortable. It became difficult to take him seriously in just the blink of an eye.

    • Rene says:

      Daniel Craig now he I could get all over, this little namsy, pamsy is milk toast. Don`t shake what your mama,papa clearly did not give you. Could he not have found Calvin Klein boxers anywhere.

  47. Liberty says:

    He’s trying to emulate the Sean Connery in swim trunks moment. THIRSTY. I hope he at least is wearing the undies from that old school high end Brit men’s co that makes stuff for Daniel Craig’s Bond wardrobe.

    Problem: Like Sean, Bond Craig looks like he could shank you in fight. Hiddles looks like he would kick your shin, turn red, call you a name and then drive off in a huff.

    • TAXX says:

      I am replying just to boost that last sentence! Hiddles would totally collapse into tears in the first minute of a real fight!


    Oh dear God! Whoever was in charge of posing him for this photoshoot should be taken outside and shot.

    And after all the PR misfires lately, I would change his name from Tom Swift to Tom Kardashian.

  49. DahliaDee says:

    Gotta say, I wouldn’t have thought midlife crisis would hit him so hard so fast. Bummer.

  50. marmaduke45 says:

    Honestly…if you must parade your thirst…parade your balls AND your bibulosity…bring the sac AND THE salacity…where is the ravenousness? Where is the rose between his teeth?

  51. Meee4 says:

    He always talks about how his sisters tease him all the time. Well, man they have a lifetimes worth of fodder alone based on this business. I can only imagine the phone calls an texts between them this morning. HA HA

    Suddenly I find myself humming “pretty woman….pretty tommy…”. I guess he’s Taylor-made now.

    • Grace says:

      I actually thought about that the minute I saw the photos. Of course he’s an adult, he can do whatever he wants. But imagine a family dinner somebody had a few too many, ‘right, Tom, that time you stripped down to a pair of white cloth undie that’s literally made from white cloth, not even silk or anything, and the whole time posing like you’re holding back because you have an itch between your legs you can’t scratch…’

      I feel bad for laughing at him so much. But I can’t help it.

      • Eden75 says:

        Right now, I want to be one of his sisters. Way too much material in the last two weeks for him to ever live down.

  52. Chef Grace says:

    Aiming for Marky Mark..
    Landed it with Snarky Snark.
    His Titanic brain has sunk and with no survivors indeed.

  53. Eden75 says:

    Oh dear. Not a pearl-clutching oh dear but omg, what have you done oh dear.

    I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more. Then, being the curious idiot that I am, I clicked the link. My computer said “f**k this, I think not” and froze when trying to open the actual photo shoot. Seriously. This thing doesn’t freeze, ever. I’m not sure if it was protecting me or itself……

    • Svetlana says:

      You’re lucky…I wish my tablet froze, but oh, no….it opend instantly. Now I can’t erase from my head that photo of him spreading his legs on the bed. Fortunately, I live in the land of vodka:-)

  54. BobaFelt says:

    MR. THIRSTY, Taylor Swift’s boyfriend.

  55. Joanie says:

    He looks gorgeous, although the editorial is very try-hard. I want to know how they kept the Hiddlesconda under wraps in the boxers pic. Is he wearing a Speedo underneath?

  56. Miss S says:

    I saw a Calvin harris briefs’s photo (I think it was Calvin Klein) and it actually looks good. It reminds of Beckham’s line. But this… Specially the last one, because there’s bulge and then there’s BULGE. It’s the opposite of classy or sensual:/

    And no one can convince that the “Learn about Taylor’s boyfriend” wasn’t PR approved. My reasoning is: if he really liked her and still wanted to protect his privacy as much as possible (because true love exists) he would never engage in this sort of thing for a magazine to whom he did a photoshop. This isn’t a gossip tabloid flying solo sort of thing.

    This is really second hand embarrassment:/

    On a side note I just remembered Paltrow who i don’t like but who, for the duration of marriage barely spoke about Chris Martin, it was like they weren’t married at all.

  57. KittyKat says:

    Hidds needs a big dose of reality and stop playing with ga ga land because he will get those fingers burnt.

    He’s now proving he’s desperate and its embarrassing. I’ve been reading comments from fans saying he’s lost it now. I agree

  58. Chelsea says:

    Balding Bieber does his best zoolander pose!

  59. Beach girl says:

    I think he’s remaking his image to make himself more marketable so he can get those top roles he’s been after. That image of a nice British gentleman quoting Shakespeare is going by the wayside and he’s jumping into this with with eyes wide open. BC did the same thing but not to this extreme. Fandom be damned.

  60. Vonna says:

    mmmm Tommy perfect body with a perfect face *licks screen*

  61. KittyKat says:

    Am I the only one who thought this was one of the awful manips of him that the crazies sometimes do?

    I’m just waiting for his next attempt for global domination and for sixer and co’s response

    • kai says:

      I thought it was a manip at first too! Still hoping it is…

    • Phoebe says:

      First thing I said when I saw the first pic of him on the bed- MANIP!! His eyebrows look off…but sadly it’s just a case of bad lighting, bad concept, bad photoshop BAD BAD BAD! This is so embarrassing.

  62. platospopcorn says:

    YIKES!!!!! I see people online enjoying these, but it seems that a lot of the people enjoying them lack a familiarity or pre-existing context. So, i guess that qualifies as a pr success? Everyone else is just all kinds of “NOPE”. Personally, it’s like a train wreck…I want to look away…BUT I CANT. Oh, my sides!!!!!!

    • KittyKat says:

      The comments I’ve seen are pretty much the same which is on here. Of course you the few who like it but that’s not much.

      If anyone thinks that this a winner they need firing asap

    • Miss S says:

      If The Guardian or the Telegraph say something about his typical more mature audience, the snark of what they wrote about him and Taylor (just he fact that they wrote about is already alarming) will put off those people.
      But maybe for most people that’s irrelevant, maybe for most people just finding a familiar face is more than enough to convince them to go to the cinema and see his film. But his credibility in the more intellectual, erudite and theater crowd will get lost. That’s the only thing I’m quite sure (sure as much as one can me in gossip land:D).

    • platospopcorn says:

      Just went back to Twitter, and the chorus of “nope” is being drowned out by the sound of Luke and co. popping champagne bottles! Tweet after tweet “look at Taylors new man almost naked” “HAWT!!!” I may have to disconnect my router and toss my phone out of the window before I lose all faith. It’s going to work. He’s going to get Bond and we’re all going to be sitting here going “what happened????”

      • Miss S says:

        The only thing that makes me believe theres no Bond for him is that the Bond enterprise never choses someone famous to be Bond. They pretty much make that actor really known. All this circus around him and Taylor seems more a response to not getting Bond and going for a plan B sort of thing. But I hope I’m right, ’cause if not I will be really disappointed. I’m already dissapointed to be honest because Idris would be perfect and I don’t think that’s happening so…

      • Grace says:

        Those tweets actually read more like shade. I don’t think he is championing for Bond. He’s not what the franchise is looking for and it wouldn’t be a good fit for both parties because of reasons.

      • platospopcorn says:

        And while I’m at it (and before I toss my phone) let me just add that I am now 100% convinced that all those ill-tailored in the crotch trousers were INTENTIONAL. Honestly. He might as well take it out and let us have an actual look at this point. He clearly wants us to see it. TOO. MUCH. SO. EXTRA. XD

      • Mira says:

        Read the comments on DM and all over the internet, everyone is either saying hes not hot or that he is desperate and this is convincing them even more the thing with Taylor is a PR stunt.

  63. Chelsea says:

    He’s inviting comparisons with Calvin Harris. Dumb move. Calvin harris has a much better body. Not to mention Calvin Harris got payed to strip down.

  64. OTHER RENEE says:

    Many moons ago I went to some kind of social gathering and there was this one guy who was rather short trying desperately to puff himself out and get the attention of the attractive ladies. Unfortunately he was standing next to some rather tall and attractive men. He was so desperate looking and I felt sorry for him. I remember nothing else of the event (or even what it was). This Hiddles photo disaster reminded me of that poor guy.

    Now Tommy, please take your strawberry Margarita and go play with Taylor.

  65. M.A.F. says:

    I nearly chocked on my coffee when picture #3 came up. WOW. The man can never close his legs, can he? Slut. 🙂 And that write up? Wow. I find that more embarrassing than the photos.

    There better be Tiddles pap walk today or I’m going to be disappointed. His Colin available? I need some food.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      We have chocolate chip cookies today

      • Dara says:

        If my “chocolate chip” you mean “xanax” then I’ll take two.

        That write up was awful, I’ve read better work on Bustle – and I loathe Bustle. However there was one thing that stood out, “Leading roles in serious movies that no one saw followed” which is probably the most insightful part of this whole thing, and it explains a lot about this current turn of events.

      • browniecakes says:


      • M.A.F. says:

        @Dara- I think that line hit the most. Those “movies no one saw”, did get good reviews or at least his part in them (not counting Crimson Peak, I can’t recall what the critics said about him) but yeah. Talk about a burn.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        We can sprinkle crushed Xanax on the cookies for you.

      • InvaderTak says:

        Pass the xanax cookies.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Cheesecake brownies and plenty of Xanax.

        This too shall pass, ladies. Posing in one’s underwear is rarely a career killer. Posing nude in Cosmo didn’t stop Scott Brown from becoming a US Senator. Revealing himself to be a petty, sexist jerk who didn’t know what the issues were kept him from remaining one.

        And all this drama over some silly pictures is as silly as the pictures themselves

      • Roxane says:

        @Lilacflowers What drama ? I think everyone is just having a nice laugh.

      • Scotchy says:

        I’ll take a Xanax cookie over here pretty please!!

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Roxanne, all the “ohthisisforBondhewontgetBondnowTaylormadehimdothisthiswillruinhiscareerThisshowshowthirstyheis” drama, which is all quite laughable.

    • Roxane says:

      @Liliacflowers Oh yeah you right lol, I doubt a photoshoot can ruin a carrer. I think after seing the Cumberbatch threads everything seems harmless and dramafree. Anyway, he will undergo mockery for maybe 1 week and then someone else will take his place. Although I have to admit, I can’t really look at him without laughing for now.

  66. Grace says:

    My question is, does this really get him the roles he wants? I guess time will tell. It depends on how the general public responds to this, or if they do at all.

    This… makes him look really stupid. I get the ambition, of wanting to go somewhere in life, be someone and put the name down somewhere, I get it.

    It’s not the romance I find problematic. Who he wants to date is his business. But… what the hell is he doing? How is what he’s doing helping him to be the actor he wants to be? It’s like let’s swim miles and however further away from what he does best, it’s like testing himself in a shallow pond or something…

    I am extremely baffled.

    • Chelsea says:

      Maybe it’s not the roles he wants? Maybe he just wants worldwide fame and money. Maybe he is just like Calvin, a former nerd who changed his style of music to exploit the US EDM market. Did a Hollywood make over.
      Maybe you all thought he was so above it all because of that fancy accent and fancy background? Never judge a book by its cover.

      • Grace says:

        Maybe I am not making myself clear. I didn’t think he was above ANYTHING. I just thought he was going about it BADLY. Very badly.

    • FW says:

      i was talking to a friend of mine and we discussed possiblity of a US reality show, in lieu of Kadashian-style PR stunt..

      BTW, Kadashians make better pictures than these….

  67. Lysistrata says:

    Would he have had image approval? I may be clutching at straws, but it looks to me as though these photos were meant to be cropped. If you ignore the appalling knickers the top half of these images are achingly good. Did W magazine intend to do teasing topless shots but then realise that they were sitting on a goldmine given recent beach-related events?

    • Dara says:

      We may have to wrestle for the few remaining straws, but that’s what I was thinking. If the print edition (assuming W actually puts him in their print edition) is different, we may have the answer to that. And I doubt he had image approval – very few celebs do, the most they can do is decide on the day of the shoot not to pose a certain way or not wear certain looks the magazine shows them.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      He’s not on the level where image approval is given.

      • Lysistrata says:

        Phew. I’m sticking to my theory. Poor little Hiddles duped into revealing more than he intended to the world. Probably agonising in a corner, comfort reading Shakespeare to dragonflys.

  68. Ninette says:

    I am reaaalllyyy enjoying these pictures. They are things of beauty. I wish the timning was different, but oh well…

    But I think it is about time that he goes back to London, and do some dark, serious shakespearean tragedy.

    • FW says:

      ..which i have NO interest in watching…more drama, more gossip, please! at the end of the day, who cares about this man’s WORK?

  69. kai says:

    In the interview, he says Susanne Bier called him ‘enigmatic’. Nevermind the bragging, that’s just hilarious next to a picture of him in his boxers laying spread-eagle on the bed…. Nope, Tom.

    • platospopcorn says:

      Oh, @kai…help!!!! International man of mystery right here…lolololol. The only mystery left is why we insisted on giving him the benefit of the doubt as long as we did!

    • Fanny says:

      Maybe “enigmatic” as in “I can’t figure out what the f–k you’re doing right now.”

  70. browniecakes says:

    Is Luke Windsor off planet? What the actual hell.
    I am so embarrassed for him that I am embarrassed for ME being a fan. He should just skip the next Cambridge class reunion, right? I guess we are going full court image change. Good luck Tom.

  71. Miss S says:

    I like how celebitchy changed their facebook header ^_^

    • platospopcorn says:

      @MissS, I tried to reply above, but my phone must have heard me threatening to toss it — I hope your thoughts are right about Bond, but I’m seriously starting to think he’s got it. I read the same piece that @MI6 read, but I dismissed it because it said he was “thinking about it” in reference to the offer (no way would he hesitate!!!) But now I’m starting to think that was just contract-speak. Several legit sources reiterating the validity of the rumor in the wake of these photos. *sigh*

      • Miss S says:

        But couldn’t all that talk be designed to increase his profile? Who are those legit sources? I remember reading a Clive Owen interview a few years back where he pretty much said that there comes a point where having those rumours around you is good, so he was gracious about not denying it completely so the talk could go on. I wonder if all those alleged meetings between Tom and Bond people were not just him riding the rumour (maybe even creating it).

        We could even consider that maybe the Bond people create the rumours themselves just to test the waters but I don’t remember that happening for Daniel Craig. But maybe I wasn’t paying attention. For me it was a surprise. So again, it doesn’t make sense to me.

      • MI6 says:

        @platospopcorn: This is my deepest and most profound fear.
        Although I do think he wanted it, was even in talks for it and didn’t get it. Again, just a hunch.

    • Fanny says:

      The choice of Daniel Craig came completely out of the blue and he got the job because Barbara Broccoli had the hots for him. Sam Mendes was right in what he said recently – the next Bond is going to be all about who Barbara Broccoli is feeling and it’s going to be somebody out of left field; it’s going to have nothing to do with publicists or campaigning.

      I believe Tom when he said recently not to expect an announcement of him as Bond, it’s not going to happen. That was a surprisingly genuine thing to say after his publicists have been working overtime to make him appear to have the job in hand.

      • Miss S says:

        Thanks for the info! I guess he PR team is still riding on his Bond possibilities just to make him more appealing and famous and not based on real chances.

        * I hope I’m right I hope I’m right I hope I’m right*

  72. cindy says:

    This thread just killed me dead.

  73. Svetlana says:

    Wow! This is beyond embarrassing!!! Well, to quote a certain Scotish DJ whose name I’ve already forgotten: “It’s about to go down.”

  74. KiddVicious says:

    A bit of a let down after the Brad Pitt photos.

  75. OhDear says:

    I never thought I would see the day where people would be en masse telling him that he should keep his clothes *on*

    IMO they are not that bad, but the boxer ones are rather awkward (I haven’t clicked on that link, though). They look a bit 18th-century swim-suity.

  76. Chelsea says:

    Lmao! Gossip sites are running his underwear photos next to Calvin Harris Armani underwear shot. Calvin is definitely getting the last laugh.

    • Miss S says:

      I’m being a nasty cynical b*tch, but I just can’t stand so much pretense. You own or you don’t, and with that in mind I feel she is going to be fine and will come out of this empowered somehow, but him? I feel he deserves all the present and future mocking he is going to get.

  77. Fan says:

    Taylor you know he is not the one I am talking about.

  78. Christin says:

    This will be on magazine stands along with Taylor’s US collector edition, which I spotted at my local dollar store yesterday. The cover includes these mature offerings:

    Meet my squad – Inside my closet – 25 secrets about me

  79. Lostmymind says:

    I’ve seen sexier Fruit of the Loom ads in the JCPenney weekly flyer.

  80. Heather says:

    It’s not that he’s unattractive, but he does nothing for me at all. Just not my type. And do men still wear all white boxers? Is this a thing? Kind of reminds me of boxers Don Draper would wear. Now Don Draper….
    there’s an attractive man! Is it hot in here?

    • Miss S says:

      I often find dressed people more interesting and sexier than naked people, so often a really good tailored suit does make me pay attention. And he carries well suits in general. This is as far as my compliment goes ^_^

  81. M.A.F. says:

    You know, in one of the other threads I did ask why he just doesn’t release a nude photo and get it over with. I think someone was watching.

    • Grace says:

      And now we have photos that have so much cheese in them to make me lactose intolerant? It’s either he’s trolling us or he is being trolled. Or both.

      • M.A.F. says:

        I’m leaning to both but heavy on he is being trolled. He needs to sit his people down before he leaves to make Thor.

  82. helena says:

    gosh, he’s never been attractive, but he seemed nice and smart. now he’s officially become the most annoying man in hollywood. I feel bad for taylor. she deserves better. next to hiddles calvin harris looks like a jackpot.

    • erica says:

      At least Calvin photographed in his undies was for an Armani ad. Tom’s is not. I never thought Tom would use this angle to promote his career. Bad choices….

  83. Bethany says:

    LOL, oh no @ this reaction. Poor Tom.

    I feel like this would have been better received if not for his ~thing with Taylor… but I really think he and Taylor could be a cute and surprisingly well-matched couple, so I hope they weather all the media scorn. It is similar (but even worse) to how people reacted to Jake and Taylor, and I do feel like that took its toll.

  84. K.C. says:

    I think he looks great, but I find him attractive (I have a thing for skinny Brits, haha), so there’s that. What’a not attractive are literally all of his quotes in this article. There aren’t many, and they’re all bad. Tom. I thought we were past the humblebragging, babe. He’s been doing so well in interviews lately. Damn it. The only thing saving him right now is that compared to some of the other people in Hollywood I was once attached to (*cough* Johnny Depp *cough*) he seems like such a great dude. I’m still deciding if doing crap like stripping down to transparent underwear and talking about how everybody knows him is something I’m willing to put up with if I find him generally nice, attractive, and talented. Ugh, Tom. This should be easier, stop making things weird.

    Question for those saying he’s gunning for the leading man type of role–isn’t he the typical leading man in Skull Island? I’d think he’d wait to see how that lands next year and capitalize on it instead of going after it right after he finished a huge press tour. That makes very little sense to me. I believe he wants to raise his profile, but the timing doesn’t make sense in terms of the PR aspect. Jump on it when you’re actually playing the leading man, not a year before. Even if the movie doesn’t do well, I don’t doubt he’d turn heads as the lead in a movie with Brie Larson. Patience, dude.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      @KC, he is the lead in The Night Manager, High-Rise, and I Saw the Light, all three of which were being released when he gave the interview back in April. Monthly magazines like W take months to get their materials published

      • K.C. says:

        Usually magazine interviews are timed to come out when still relevant, though–so they’d set up the interview for February or March to run in April or May. I work for a monthly magazine and we plan stories to run when it would benefit the interviewee. The timing is just odd. Because if this came out when any of those were being released (particularly TNM), this photoshoot would’ve made a heck of a lot more sense. It does him no good to have this out right now, when the movies are pretty much out of theaters and TNM isn’t airing.

    • Bethany says:

      Maybe he is serious about the Emmy campaign for The Night Manager?

    • InvaderTak says:

      I wonder if here were other quotes that are better that are in the print edition print context help? W mag did a lousy job imo. I’ll wait til someone has scans. And yeah he was doing so well. Something changed big time with him/his people/ strategy. It’s perplexing. Even if it was all a facade where did the people with good judgement go? This is just embarrassing.

    • TotallyBiased says:

      I don’t think there was a new interview with W. The quotes I read seemed to be from TNM interviews.

      • lilacflowers says:

        And after bungling this, I think W can forget about ever getting interviews or photoshoots in the future.

    • Cranberry says:

      As far as his comment about everybody knowing him or who he is, maybe he was referring to back home where TNM did extremely well and has made him a house hold name in the UK. All these silly magazines chop things up and leave out context questions either intentionally or just by sheer incompetence.

  85. Malificent says:

    Meh, he’s only hot when he’s Loki.

  86. Guesto says:

    This is a much better, infinitely more entertaining Tom than the old one.

    If this carries on, I might even become a fan.

    I’m guessing Pic.2 is him showing us his ‘enigma’?

  87. amilu says:

    I’ve seen better man-and-his-junk-in-boxers photography in the men’s department at Sears. This is SO embarrassing.

  88. Laura says:

    So thirsty!!

    I just want to hear that Taylor Swift is paying for him to be her bf next 😜

  89. Starkiller says:

    I’ve just had a look at the whole slideshow, and I’m speechless. W Magazine is taking the piss, surely?

  90. Betsy says:

    The guy looks like Danny Kay. Creeps me out.

    • MI6 says:

      …and that is the comment of the day. I’m out.

    • M.A.F. says:

      I can’t tell if that is shade or not. I like Danny Kaye.

    • Wood Dragon says:

      The guy I always thought looked and had a vocal tone quality like Danny Kaye’s was the actor who played Faromir in the Lord of the Rings”: David Wenham, who’s kind of a cutie actually.

  91. Ji-yun says:

    Why does he look like a blonde Nigel Havers to me here? I’ve never noticed the resemblance before, but now it seems quite striking.

  92. Rux says:

    IMO, because he just “came out” with the Taylor Swift romance this makes it so much more embarrassing. Swift knows how to market herself maybe he should have asked her for advice.

  93. A.Key says:

    That’s it, I’m convinced now that he’s doing this insanity on purpose, trying to alienate everyone from him. He’s had enough of the Internet fan love and he’s doing a splendid job at blowing it all away!

    I mean it was either this or splurring racist homophobic insults.

    After Swift wonder if he’ll go for Kylie Jenner or Selena Gomez?

  94. nicca says:

    small peen alert….

  95. nochance says:

    oh my, watching those pictures, makes me want to cover him up with a blanket and tell him that everything´s gonna be fine. so sorry for him…

  96. erica says:

    Totally not cool! But, he was #51 on IMDb’s starmeter last week. This week he’s #3. Good job Tom! Looks like it’s working.

    • Lolita says:

      See that’ s why I love statistics…it never lies:-) Congratulations, Mr HiddleKnickersSwift:-)

  97. TotallyBiased says:

    Photoshoot done in mid-April, online text inspired by last week. W mag isn’t doing him any favours, are they?

    • Grace says:

      Yeah. The text is very likely a last minute job following the beach photos – which is why I think he’s getting trolled at the same time.

    • Blue says:

      To his credit he was naked in High Rise last year. i.e., he didn’t just strip down now for the Taylor PR boost story.

      • lilacflowers says:

        He strips down in films frequently: Unrelated – skinny dipping jump into a pool, although difficult to see anything; Archipelago – changes into pyjamas; The Deep Blue Sea – sex scenes with Rachel Weisz shot from the angle of practically up his butt; Only Lovers Left Alive – bed scenes with Tilda; High-Rise – as you said; Crimson Peak – sex scene with Mia and in the play Coriolanus, he’s walking around in a sheet that becomes almost transparent when the light hits it.

  98. anon says:

    Terrible pics–badly styled, badly shot and you can tell he knows it. They look like discarded photos from a shoot that didn’t work that are now suddenly click bait material for the magazine.

  99. Nance says:

    Lack dragonflies…

  100. Guest says:

    From 100 to 0. And this within a week. Enough said.

    • Kimna says:

      Exactly! I was thinking the same thing..irreparably not hot anymore..

    • browniecakes says:

      Meanwhile – his IMDB meter is up and his Twitter followers have been climbing. Gossip channels who rarely mentioned him (e.g., People, E!, Eonline, ET, Extra) are doing actual research to roll him out to the public. Taylor’s new man.

  101. joAnn says:

    He is part of a photo shoot in W that has 10 other TV stars posing in their under crackers. It isn’t like Tom is the only one. W magazine is using Toms newfound visibility to sell their feature. I bet if the whole pop culture explosion of last week hadn’t happened he would not be their main focus.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Ssshh! Reality is not allowed to interfere with the cries of “thirsty, desperate, and career-ruining”

      But ok, who are the others?

    • K.C. says:

      THAT was the context we were missing here. That helps. That helps a lot. OK, I’m no longer holding anything about this against him. He looks hot.

      • Roxane says:

        The context help, although the pictures are still ridiculous. And seriously who is the idiot at W magazine who got the “idea”.

        PS : Oh and the “meet the new boyfriend” is PR aproved so there’s also that.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        He is not at the level at which his PR team has any approval over content beyond the initial agreement to interview/photoshoot.

      • InvaderTak says:

        I doubt the “meet the new bf” stuff was. The interview was old quotes and doubt his pr has editorial picks over the shoot. W had almost full control here. That kind of article doesn’t require permission.

      • Roxane says:

        So “shame” on W mag, this is quiet ridiculous.

      • Dara says:

        As I said above, context is EVERYTHING. IMO, W Mag dropped the ball – do they even mention these photos are part of a larger feature in their own write-up? By all means, use the photos to promote the magazine, but it helps to actually mention why those photos exist in the first place – that fact may actually prompt people to seek out the August issue. Otherwise, all it does is make Tom look all kinds of thirsty and desperate. If I were him, I would NOT be pleased.

        On a side note – the article itself had a different byline when I first read it this morning, Katherine Cusumano. Now it just reads W Magazine, with additional reporting by Jenny Comita.

    • Miss S says:

      I saw this in other websites and no one mentioned other actors also. I looked for it and couldn’t find it, not even on their website. Can you add a link or a source?

      There are only two recent links about him in W mag website:
      Swift is Smitten with Tom Hiddleston:

      Get to Know Tom Hiddleston, Taylor Swift’s New Boyfriend:

      The focus is him and Taylor considering title, subtitle and then text. No mention of other actors or photos.

      • lilacflowers says:

        And that “Get to Know” link is full of untruths. He was never in any relationships with Lara Pulver or Jessica Chastain other than friendship or colleague.

  102. Kimna says:

    He was so hot until this week. At this point, he makes me embarrassed for him ;(

  103. Fire Rabbit says:

    Yipes. This has crossed over from amusing and giggling to wincing with embarrassment for him. I think his body is fine btw, a lean grown man’s body, but he seems so I’ll at ease and desperate with this. Ugh.

  104. Clairej says:

    Oh no! It just got worse. The sliding off the bed shot is madness. I decided to check it out thinking ‘it cannot be that bad’ and found myself chuckling. Tom!!!! No!!!!! I need a new man crush

  105. Eve says:

    @ Antipodean:

    My dear, can’t find you anywhere. If you’re reading this, please, I hope you didn’t misunderstand me: I don’t find you creepy at all whenever you address me on a thread.

    It’s just that, like most depressive people, I don’t understand why would anybody give a f*ck about me. That’s all.

    I appreciate your comments, every single one of them. Believe me.

    • antipodean says:

      Evie, I found you, my finger is tired from scrolling all the way down on a Hiddles post of all things! I saw your message over on the GOT thread. I knew exactly what you meant yesterday, so please don’t fret yourself that I would take any offense at what you said. Sometimes things may come out the wrong way, but I always interpret anyone who addresses me as having kind intentions. That is just the way I try to be, it is my motto in life, “Be Kind”. I am a bit snarky at times, what fun would CB be if we weren’t, but I hope I am never unkind. As I said, I always love to read your comments, but wouldn’t want you to think I was odd. I know the struggles you have said you face daily, and my heart goes out to you. Please know that your comments here are always appreciated, and there are many of us, as I have often seen writing to you, who give more than a f**k about you, and for myself, my day is often made by your witty repartee, and incisive observations on the foolery of our favourite celebs. Sorry this turned out to be so long, all I really wanted to say is I do care about you in that funny internetty/nevermetyou, but feel you are a kindred spirit way! Phew!

    • Sixer says:

      You two are lovely. Jus’ sayin’.

  106. Miss Jupitero says:

    Burn! Jezebel refers to Hiddleston as a “well-sculpted bore.”

    • Grace says:

      This is unravelling so fast. I hope there is no more surprise before he goes off filming. Or better yet, stop before Thursday, it’s all to distract the public from the referendum.

    • InvaderTak says:

      Yeah the timing of this is horrendous. Never mind that this happened months ago, even before he met gala. Boy, they had better get the message. Make. It. Stop. GQ was singing his praises not too long ago. WTF is happening. Someone has lost their %#?@%#+ mind(s). You have to go back Marty.

  107. Moxie Remon says:

    This is disgusting, he really doesn’t care, he really does wants us to know he’s thirsty af. I’m baffled.

  108. joAnn says:

    He is 1 of 11 TV people posing for W I’m not sure the other10 are but ET Canada has it on their page

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Thanks, Joann

    • Prisma says:

      Exactly. The pics were taken on April 18th outside the Standard High Line NYC.
      Bad time, unfortunately.

    • Miss Melissa says:

      So all 11 are in their underwear too, then?

      • Prisma says:

        We don´t know yet.
        He did these pics during The Night Manager promo and if you remember he showed his butt and he had a very hot sex scene with Elizabeth Debicki. So I don´t know what´s is the big deal now that he decided to show his underwear.

    • Miss S says:

      Thanks for the info. It is really sad that the W mag decided to simply omit that info. There’s nothing in their website beyond him and his association with Taylor.

      I haven’t seen the other photos, and even thought it changes the context these photos of him are still sad to me and now I wonder which other actors accepted to do this and what kind of photos we’ll see.

      • Miss S says:

        This just reminded me that if he didn’t know W mag would do this, this sort of out of control media circus is just another consequence of being involved with someone so famous who engages like Taylor engages with the media. You can’t always control the narrative, it can totally backfire.

      • Prisma says:

        Sad true.

      • Rebecca/Becky says:

        Miss S, exactly my thoughts. W Matazine have jumped on the bandwagon from last week for click bait.

        If he hadn’t done those staged pics this wouldn’t have happened. I have some sympathy for him but if you try to play the media, they have a habit of playing you.

  109. jj says:

    This is so embarrassing. *averts eyes*

  110. altariel says:

    Silly pics aside, that is still a very nice body he has….and Taylor Swift has had it. Whatever Tom…enjoy her if you must.

  111. lucy says:

    Taylor Swift makes him unattractive. Without her? I’m still in. That voice!


    Seems a bit silly to me that TMZ is doing a side by side comparison of the two Mr. Swifts. Calvin is winning 75% to 25% anyway. I’ve thought of a much better comparison. Why not pull down the boxers, I’ll get a ruler, and we’ll settle this right now.

    Okay, I may have had too many mimosas.

  113. kri says:

    I feel as if Tay tay is going to show up in a Sexy Nurse-y outfit and command him to turn his head and cough

  114. Natalia says:

    He tried to pose like Bond, James Bond in that editorial, so it’s obvious why he agreed to do this.

  115. Bee says:

    WTF is he thinking? He’s lost it. Did he see this worked for Matthew Lewis and thought it would be great strategy to launch him into sexy? Well, it failed. Spectacularly. But not. What I’m seeing is actually disappointing in so any ways.

  116. Blue says:

    Good body but he’s really not hot at all. I see cold hard ambition. His Crimson Peak director pointed out Tom was the one who wanted the butt shot love scene in the film. I think he’s been trying to $ex himself up for a while. Wasn’t that impressed with his Guardian op-ed a while back on superheroes. Cambridge educated but kind of juvenile and simplistic.

  117. Katia says:

    Ummmmm I’m beginning to realize I cared more for Tom years ago versus more recently…
    He used to come off so incredibly adorable and now it’s as though he’s less genuine and more, well I’m just going to say it, more a douchebag.

  118. notlistening says:

    Thank you Hiddles, for making me laugh in these tough times.

  119. The Original Mia says:

    I’m so glad I never got on that Hiddleston fan train. He’s so thirsty for that Bond role and the fame that follows. Hilarious!

  120. seesittellsit says:

    I was kinda afraid this would happen. It’s not just embarrassing, it’s transparent and sad. I think the failures of Crimson Peak and I Saw the Light at box office, and to bump Tom up to major film star, turning 35, the hairline starting to recede, panicked him. I think he’s really bright, it’s not just the polish of Eton and Cambridge, and this is too bad in a man this intelligent. He’s clearly desperate to make that jump and I assume some of this is aimed at the Bond role.

    I’ve always thought him sort of unformed emotionally, for all his smarts and talent. This is so depressing.

  121. anon says:

    I mean, his body is so beautiful, a lot of hard work there so he should be proud of it BUT this is embarrassing. This shoot looks like a high priced escort ad. Ew. Instead of doing ugly stuff he should focus on his career, he’s too damn thirsty.

  122. browniecakes says:

    Not even nine months ago Mr. Underpants was named BFI’s first official Ambassador.

  123. TotallyBiased says:

    Wow, W Magazine really stabbed him in the back to get clicks. Tom agrees to be one person in a photoshoot series of eleven actors in underwear, gets published solo online as “who is Taylor’s new boyfriend, we have hot picks!” with no mention of the actual context.
    Plus they flipped the bedroom shot, so it just looks wrong. He always looks weird when they pull a mirror effect on pictures of him, his face works best one way.

    • Dara says:

      I would expect that kind of stunt from Us or People, but not W. One by one, by go-to serious fashion magazines are caving to mass market pressures. Makes me sad. I flipped the bed photo in question, and you are so right! Now it actually looks like him, rather than some weird photoshopped imitation.

    • K.C. says:

      It was REALLY wrong to do that to him and tie it to Taylor. That was dirty. The least they could’ve done is make a small mention that this is part of a larger feature. This is basically false advertising, and it makes it seem totally different from what it was actually meant to be. I feel bad.

    • Anon says:

      W mag did the dirty on him, I agree. But they wouldn’t have been able to had he not agreed to it in the first place. It doesn’t become sensible to pose for a badly styled and unsubtle underwear shoot just because 11 other lemmings also went over the cliff. And he knows I am sure that once the crotch shot is in the can, W magazine has total control over the pic, the release date and the editorial content.

  124. TotallyBiased says:

    Context is everything!
    “The star of “The Night Manager” and the upcoming Marvel blockbuster “Thor: Ragnarok” poses shirtless in W magazine‘s annual portfolio of the hottest television stars for the month of August, alongside 11 revelatory stars who similarly bare it all.”

    • TotallyBiased says:

      So this was for a photo spread for the August edition of the magazine, and W mag just COULDN’T resist!

      • browniecakes says:

        Well done you for uncovering that. It’s a shame he got played by W. It is a shame he did the shoot at all. He would have just been compared to the other 11.

      • lilacflowers says:

        Once you give an interview or a photoshoot, the publication owns the content and you have no control over it. W has put this up on its website with some “background piece” pulled together from trash bins that link him with Lara Pulver and Jessica Chastein and a bunch of others he was never actually involved with beyond friendship.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        brownie cakes, thank you but it was joAnn that first found that link.

        Lilacflowers –exactly! Plus even the “interview” seems like pulled together quotes from his April/May promo tour.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        A friend said that was his Jonathan Pine face.
        Which would make sense, as he was promoting his Emmy-eligible series. Even to the point of having his Pine suit on the bed.

    • M.A.F. says:

      Hold the wheel.

      This photo shoot is actually part of a larger magazine spread? That feature other TV actors? Good God. I wonder about the state of the other photos if they decided to publish these early.

      Edit: I see more information about this up thread. Good gravy.

      • Ally8 says:

        These look to me like they were rushed to Web publication for gossip synergy before receiving the full glossing Photoshop treatment. That’s a big part of why they look so embarrassing instead of handsome/alluring, imo. (The choice of underoos, however, is inexplicable.)

      • lilacflowers says:

        Usually two months at least between obtaining photographs and using them for a monthly magazine. These were intended for the August issue. He posed for them in April.

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      Wow. That is just messed up. The underoos are bad enough, but is there anything that a magazine won’t do for clicks? Their thirst for advertising dollars is even worse than his thirst for James Bond.

      • lilacflowers says:

        No. There is absolutely nothing that a magazine will not do for clicks and they do it without consulting or receiving consent from the subjects all the time. They are in the business of generating ad revenue and if people are clicking on their links, advertisers will pay for their space. Once an artist/musician/actor/anybody consents to a photoshoot, the magazine owns those images and can/will do what they want with them. They’ll also hire night crawlers and paps to trail people and they bribe restaurant and hotel workers to tell them who is there. Actors have very little or no control over these things. I explain this here all the time but get told I’m naive about actors using PR. I’m not. Yes, they use it for their advantage at times but the vast majority of what is out there is generated by the magazine, newspapers, and websites and the celebrities have no control or ability to request edits. What W is doing with this photoshoot is a classic example. Actor agrees to one thing but they use it for another to generate interest in future issues and gain ad revenue through clicks. And they’ve gained quite a bit of money off this today.

    • Ally8 says:

      Yes, that bugs me! The eyebrows upturned in the middle like Jaden Smith. It’s meant to look smouldering, I think, but instead it simply makes him and Hiddles look like try-hard dorks and/or like they’ve just been kicked in the nu7s.

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      Omg! You are right, he does that!

      I have noticed he has the same few poses he likes to strike. Also noticed that he tends to suck in his cheeks to emphasise his cheekbones.

  125. Bee says:

    I’ve thought about this some more, in between snickering and alternatively shaking my head. He’s been done over by the magazine. When the TS thing broke, this suddenly became a story. It would have been fast-tracked. A story hastily written. There was probably never meant to be more than one of these shots released, and it was meant to be in the context of a dozen celebs all doing the same thing. His PR machine probably all just quit because these pictures have gone mainstream in the most embarrassing way. He’s actually probably dying on the inside right now. If he’s not, he should be.

  126. Kate says:

    I liked him so much better when he was mysterious and stayed out of the paparazzi lenses. This is just bad!

  127. K.C. says:

    I think if the timing were different, very few would be saying that this puts a damper on his career. This photoshoot isn’t THAT bad or embarrassing by a long shot. And in context, this being linked to TNM makes perfect sense. This isn’t really an image change–the focus was on his physique a LOT in TNM, as great as he was in it.

    • lilacflowers says:

      Lots of guys have done photoshoots in their underwear: Brad Pitt, Liam Neeson, and a very furry Mark Ruffalo in a bed and their careers were not dampened. His won’t be either. If you go back three years ago and check the threads, people here were always insistent that Tom’s career was on the brink of total disaster. Yet, he has worked steadily since and he is still working. He has two blockbuster films scheduled for release in the next year. Posing in his underwear or kissing Taylor Swift won’t impact that at all.

  128. spidey says:

    Check David Gandy’s pics.

  129. suzysunshine says:

    This guy never has and never will do anything for me. He looks soft and plushy and like he would tear up frequently. Don’t see the attraction at all.

  130. serena says:

    He looks good though those boxer are awful.