I just came across those pictures of Tom posing in those white boxer briefs. To this day it still confuses me as to why he agreed to do that, it seemed so out of character for him. Those poses don't exactly scream 'classical trained British actor'. Why do you think he did it?
Oh LORD if I only knew- we might have an actual explanation for the whole summer! Those were ultra super horribly awkward. It was part of a magazine spread of a bunch of actors in their underwear- but the other pics were editorial, sexy, and well-lit. Tom looked like he was in a Holiday Inn waiting for his next john to show up…while constipated.
If I’m honest, I think this is just more evidence that he is a people-pleaser. If the magazine people said “this is what we’re doing and here are your crinkly old grandpa boxers to wear” instead of objecting or making suggestions, he just did what he was told. On top of that, they released them earlier than the other pics, just after the RI rock pics came out, obviously to capitalize on his new found popularity in the tabs, but it only made him look more pathetic and thirsty.