Aaron Taylor-Johnson on the cover

Two things you need to know: 1. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is a fully awesome dude, and photographer B. Kenneth Cappello rules the school forever. The resulting photo shoot from their time spent together can be seen on the cover of our latest issue and all in its pages.

You may recognize him from some of our favorite movies like Kick-Ass, The IllusionistSavages, or the newest installment of Captain America (in theaters now) but we have a feeling when Godzilla and the new Avengers flick hit the theaters, he’s gonna be “That Guy.”

Check out page 102 of this month’s issue for the full story and some cool insights on how Taylor-Johnson chooses his projects by director instead of the script, as well as his take on doing spontaneous things like dancing around in an R.E.M video (below). Peep some excerpts and the awesome video below, and pick up the new NYLON Guys and become an even bigger fan of this multi-faceted star.

On his self-destructive past: “It was a lot of crazy shit I got up to for a couple years. I was pretty self-destructive at one point. I used to smoke 30 fags a day, used to drink non-stop. I’ve always been able to be on the edge – be on the line, but then I pulled myself back.”

On being a dad: “I’m the only Dad (in my children’s music class). It’s like mums and nannies. And you’re clapping your hands. You’re singing more than the kids are.”

On turning down the role of Christian Grey with his wife: “I think (Fifty Shades of Grey) would have been the wrong kind of hype to bring towards us. It would have been kind of funny that this character that all these women fancy – he’s one in a million – and my wife picks her husband to play the part?”

Photographed by: Kenneth Cappello
Styled by: Christine Baker
Grooming: Lucy Halperin
Sweater and Pants: by Burberry Prorsum