Inside the December Issue of Esquire

Esquire's December issue comes packed with a double whack of Hollywood megastars. Sanjiv Bhattacharya talks to Joaquin Phoenix, cinema's least predictable actor, about his hippy childhood, fake breakdowns on Letterman and having the cultural sophistication of a four-year-old.

Esquire editor Alex Bilmes visits a Parisian cafe to meet Phoenix's co-star in the Spike Jonze directed Her  – the delectable Scarlett Johansson. US Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive lets her guard down on contemporary sex, her alternative career as a dermatologist and everyday life as, well, Scarlett Johansson. 

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We also go behind-the-scenes at Babestation for a look at the world of selling televised soft porn; a half-Jewish Brit tells us how he learned to love all things German (and why you should too), and Sarfraz Manzoor chronicles the demise of UK pop music from Eighties Duran Duran to present day One Direction.

Plus: we build our own Ferrari, show you how to wear this season's patterned tailoring and introduce you to the finest liquor you've never tasted. 

Esquire December issue, out this week