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Tom Hardy, EMBARGO till 10 pm PST 02/08/16

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Well, we just saw a side of Tom Hardy we've never really seen before.

The actor let it all hang out, literally, while filming scenes for the new BBC One and FX period collaboration Taboo in Essex last week, by flashing his completely naked body while braving the elements in the freezing waters of the lake in nothing but his tattooed birthday suit.

The photographs show a nude Hardy on a boat with a co-star while on set of the Victorian-based tale, flashing his bare backside and his male member while moving about and carrying a bag of items in and out of the water. 

Hardy plays James Keziah Delaney in the eight-episode miniseries, who returns to 1814 London after 10 years in Africa to discover that he has been left a mysterious legacy by his father. The series reunites Hardy with his Peaky Blinders and Locke collaborator Steven Knight, who created the period adventure based on an original story by Hardy and his father Edward "Chips" Hardy.