British Actor Ben Hardy Trends for Thirst-Trapping Scenes in Amazon's 'The Voyeurs'

Saturday September 25, 2021
Originally published on September 23, 2021

Since its release in September, the steamy thriller "The Voyeurs" (on Amazon Prime) has been trending due to its mix of old school suspense and NSFW scenes. The film received largely negative reviews, but has its followers, such as The Guardian's Charles Bramesco, who wrote: "There's never a dull moment in these two full hours, which blaze through affairs, hookups, sexy Hamburglar costumes, explanations of laser physics, some deaths and the occasional flash of true emotion with a winning savviness... But this is the real deal, an ideal cocktail of funny, diabolical and perverted."

In the film a couple, Sydney Sweeney (so memorable in "The White Lotus") and out actor Justice Smith ("Genera+ions," "Detective Pikachu") move into a Montreal apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows, which make it easy for them to view the habits of their neighbors, like James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window." They become fixated on a couple across the way: Julia (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) and Cebu (Ben Hardy), whom they watch having sex.

With screenshots and video clips circulating on social media, it's no surprise that Hardy is trending, largely due to his NSFW scenes. One clip shows Hardy peel a condom from his penis and drop it in the trash. In another, he has oral sex with Bordizzo on the kitchen counter. It isn't just Bordizzo he has sex with — he also has it with numerous other women throughout the film, including one scene where he's having cake with two women in bed.

But, as The Sword points out, hose with sharp eyes can catch a fleeting glimpse of Hardy's penis in the bathroom scene where he removed the condom. The site writes (NSFW): "And the real magic happens when the camera quickly flashes over Ben's penis — giving us Ben's only frontal nude scene to date! This blonde boy has an amazing Sean Cody-worthy jock body and a really cute face. We can only hope that this uninhibited role inspires Ben to deliver more nudity in the future! Don't be tardy for the Hardy!"

Watch the NSFW clip on The Sword.

In a recent interview, Hardy commented on his voyeuristic tendencies.

"I'm definitely a people watcher. I think I always have been even in a pre-social media world," Hardy explained to "I think, definitely, if I hear a conversation going on at a table next door, I do listen in. I just find people really interesting. Maybe that's why I'm an actor. I don't know. But in terms of Instagram and social media, I think less so.

"Or, if I do, I'm there trying to discern what the truth is behind the picture. I'm like, 'Okay, so that person thinks they look good at that angle. What else is going on here? Like they're not actually that happy, or maybe they are, in which case brilliant,'" he added. "I definitely like to be a fly on the wall, though, in public situations. If that makes me a voyeur, then so be it."

Hardy is no stranger to public nudity having made his stage debut in 2012 opposite Rupert Everett in David Hare's "The Judas Kiss," about the Oscar Wilde scandal in which he had a full-frontal scene. His concern wasn't about himself, but about the comfort level of his fellow actors.

"I was worried about putting someone in an uncomfortable situation ...," he told the website TooFab. "Not intentionally, obviously, but by mistake, and so it was great that we had an intimacy coordinator on this who made sure that that didn't happen, which put me at ease as well as everyone else who I was having steamy scenes with."

Hardy is likely familiar to LGBTQ audiences from his role of Queen drummer Roger Taylor in the 2018 film "Bohemian Rhapsody." He made his film debut as Warren Worthington III, a.k.a. Angel/Archangel, in "X-Men: Apocalypse."

Little is known about his personal life. On his fan appreciation site, The Ben Hardy Network, it is summed up this way: "In his free time, Hardy enjoys keeping fit, photography and writing music; and of course, spending time with his family, friends, and his beagle Frankie."

Check out these pics from Hardy's IG: