By Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood April 15, 2014 at 3:37PM
Check out Brit babe Tom Hardy and indie dream queen Lake Bell topless on the dual cover of Esquire's May issue, which hits newsstands April 22. Hardy's got the experimental, one-man drama "Locke" coming out this week. Meanwhile, Lake Bell, who wrote and directed last year's feminist comedy "In A World...," will soon appear opposite Jon Hamm in Disney's "Million Dollar Arm."
In Bell's cover story, she opens up about acting, directing and "Million Dollar Arm," while giving her two cents about marriage: "Marriage is traditionally old-school in many respects. It is highly antiquated, and, that being said, beautiful."
Regarding directing, which she's done for film and TV ("Childrens Hospital" on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim), she says, "If I write something and I'm going to put in all that love and energy, I want to direct it. As an actor, you have access to the trenches -- to a myriad of different sets." (Cover photo below.)
The increasingly bankable Tom Hardy -- thanks in part to his voice, and his portrayal of Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises -- addresses his "manly" image, troubled past, addiction and rumored feud with "Mad Max: Fury Road" costar Charlize Theron: "I think she’s fucking awesome. I think she's incredible. I think she's one of the most talented actresses of our generation."
But he doesn't feel "very manly. I don't feel rugged and strong and capable in real life, not how I imagine a man ought to be. So I seek it, to mimic it and maybe understand it, or maybe to draw it into my own reality... I'm not a fighter. I'm a petite little bourgeois boy from London. I don't fight, I mimic." Read his interview in full here. And read Beth Hanna's review of "Locke."