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Tom Hardy prefers to be photographed in character

Photographer Greg Williams has shared some unseen snaps of Tom Hardy's recent Esquire shoot.

Tom Hardy doesn’t particularly enjoy being photographed.

The British actor has spent the last 18 years in front of the camera, first as a model and then as an actor. While The Revenant star may be one of the most in demand stars in Hollywood, photographer Greg Williams reveals the 39-year-old doesn’t really like the process of posing for photos.

The two recently worked together on a cover shoot for British Esquire magazine, with the resulting photos becoming an instant hit with fans.

"Tom has been a dear friend of mine for well over 20 years and I've photographed him countless times," Greg told Esquire.

"He's never particularly enjoyed the process of being photographed as himself, so for this shoot we created a few characters in which he absolutely shone, as he does on the screen.”

The black and white photos feature a mix of Tom as himself and in character from his new TV show Taboo. Some of the pictures are taken in a studio, while others were shot on the streets of London.

"We finished the shoot with Tom being made up as a monstrous character from his new TV show Taboo and drove his bright yellow convertible Audi R8 around central London, music blaring. Hundreds of pedestrians looked on and nobody had the slightest chance of recognising him,” Greg smiled.

Greg has shared some of the more candid shots from the photoshoot, including one of a shirtless Tom blowing out smoke from a vape pen wearing a beanie hat. The Peaky Blinders star's multiple tattoos are on show in the snap, including a Union Flag across the left side of his chest and a dog on his left forearm.

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