When the treasure trove of Tom Hardy's Myspace page burst into the public eye in all its pouting, pube-bearing, near-naked glory the internet didn't know whether to laugh until they cried or swoon until they died, but we have explicit permission from the man himself to do either!
The press might have predicted that 37-year-old Hardy would be mortified by the snaps that showed him thrusting his hands down his pants while rocking the signature Myspace pose or over-enthusiastically cooking a turkey, but the good-humored Brit has totally owned the pics from the past.
In an interview with Sky News about his new movie, the Kray twin biopic Legend, Hardy humorously celebrated the photos by explaining:
"I've got no shame about my MySpace photos, especially the one of me in my underpants, which is a glorious photo of a man in his natural habitat"
Hardy went on to joke about what he christened his "tighty-whitey budgie smugglers" and proved that he remained body positive despite the multiple jabs about his physique by quipping:
"I might not be an Adonis, but I like to think of myself as an Adonis in that photo"
But just why wasn't the star cringing about the less-than-flattering snaps that show him frolicking around in suburban kitchens with directionally confused teeth like a mere mortal? The Mad Max star indirectly sites cultural differences and his self-depreciating British background for being so chilled about the photos, he explained:
"In America, they actually think you should be ashamed of this. I'm not remotely ashamed of that. That is me in my natural habitat."
As a fellow Brit who will quite happily broadcast my deepest moments of shame for even the most meagre of giggles, I totally get the masochistic place that Hardy is coming from and, like most of his fans, I love him even more for it.
Now when do we get a modern day recreation of these glorious works of art, eh?
Describe Tom Hardy's Myspace snaps in one word. GO!