First things first yes I am fairly certain that's a real photograph of Joel Edgerton with his bandaged fist stuffed down his boxer shorts -- it fits in with the other shots taken for Tim Palen's book of photographs taken for the movie Warrior anyway. (Check out these other shots of him and Tom Hardy and swoon.) And with that greeting, a happy birthday to Joel today! In his honor, a beard-off! .
(This is also a fine way to forget his hairless turn as Ramses in the godawful Exodus: Gods and Kings -- best forgotten for all of us.) .