Russell Tovey recently stripped down to his underpants to pose for an oil painting that will benefit the Terrence Higgins Trust, a British charity that helps people living with HIV.
Artist Christopher Garrington has painted the 36-year-old British heartthrob in nothing more than a green cape, a blue mask, and a pair of tighty-whities in an original 48″ x 35″ painting.
“I have stripped him down to his Y fronts and bedsheet cape to show you don’t need to have ‘superhero powers’ to become someone’s hero,” the artist explains.
Tovey, who says he always wanted to be a superhero when he was a kid, is thrilled with Garrington’s work.
“I always want to do my bit for Terrence Higgins Trust and this was a completely different way to do it,” Tovey says. “I absolutely love Chris’s concept. He’s a very talented artist.”
The actor continues, “All that’s left is for it to find a good home and raise lots and lots of cash to make sure Terrence Higgins Trust can keep supporting people living with HIV.”
The painting is a reference to Tovey’s performance as gay superhero The Ray in “Crisis on Earth X,” a four-part primetime crossover within the CW’s Arrow-verse that aired last year.
In February, Tovey announced his engagement to rugby player/former adult film star Steve Brockman.
Bidding on the oil painting is currently underway.