9 posts categorized "GARRETT HEDLUND"
Well, here are the Top 25 guys. Hope you will agree with some of my choices, or at least enjoy the eye candy. Above are 25 bonus shots of each one of these guys shirtless (not in exact order). In case you missed them, the other installments are here 'n' here. Note: I went all out on styling the Top 25 for maximum eyeball stimulation.
How did I do on the guys and the rankings?
#25 Garrett Hedlund (1984—) Ever since Troy, I've been in a polyamorous relationship—at least on paper—thanks to spotting Garrett Hedlund. Which was hard to do with Brad Pitt running around half naked. Hedlund is a total newcomer compared to most on this list, but that face! He was shown off to great advantage in that dreadful Disney remake of a dreadful Disney film, but he's reached a new level of desirability playing feckless fuck machine "Dean Moriarty" (aka Neal Cassady) in the otherwise mostly dreary On the Road.
Sexy Sampler: Troy (2004), Friday Night Lights (2004), Georgia Rule (2007), Country Strong (2010), TRON: Legacy (2010), On the Road (2012)
#24 Jonathan Bennett (1981—) I've had a schoolboy crush on "Aaron Samuels" from Mean Girls from the moment I met him—and he is one of the few on my list of 100 that I've met in real life. Twice! I said hello when he was in my office being interviewed to plug Mean Girls and did a lengthier one-on-one in his trailer as he filmed a Dukes of Hazzard straight-to-video prequel. They made him play the blond one, but as his generous costume change in front of me would've reminded anyone else had we not been alone, he was born brunet. (Thanks again for that free show, JB! Even if you kept it professional by leaving your boxers mostly on.) Kidding aside, for me, it's hard to top an actor with piercing brown eyes and a generous brow, but I'd be willing to try. He has a quirky sense of humor and has been winningly outspoken about working with some of the biggest divas of the post-teen set—Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, Amanda Bynes. Charm is not something that should be taken for granted, so check him out the next time he gets hired to be in something decent—he's really good. I am holding out hope for a major TV series or movie breakthrough.
Sexy Sampler: Season of Youth (2003), Mean Girls (2004), Lovewrecked (2005), Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), The Assistants (2009), The Mean Bean (2010), Memorial Day (2011), Cats Dancing on Jupiter (2011), Music High (2012), Divorce Invitation (2012)
#23 Paul Robeson (1898—1976) Tragically underused in the cinema thanks to his race and, later, thanks to his unrepentant empathy with Communism and fierce advocacy of social issues, Robeson was a charismatic stage presence and popular singer who worked on a mere baker's dozen movies in the twenties, thirties and forties. A strapping presence with African features, he was a rarity on the screen in a time when black actors were often treated like props—an uncommonly sensual figure. Nudes that he posed for during the early part of his life reveal a manly, fleshy physique of which the silver screen could have used more.
Sexy Sampler: Body and Soul (1925), Emperor Jones (1933), King Solomon's Mines (1937)
#22 Wallace Reid (1891—1923) This handsome devil of the silents was one of the industry's most tragic, a tall, physically fit young man who was kept out of WWI due to his box office duties and who was later severly injured in a train accident that resulted in his becoming hooked on morphine to match his previous drug of choice, booze. The matinee idol died in the throes of addiction, which led his widow to produce an anti-drug movie and tour the nation with it in order to spread the word—if it could happen to a matinee idol, it could happen to you. At the time of his death, Reid—as a star, director and in other behind-the-scenes capacities—had been responsible for or participated in the creation of at least 100 films and shorts.
Sexy Sampler (if you can find any!): The Deerslayer (1911), His Only Son (1912), Valley of the Giants (1919), The Roaring Road (1919), Excuse My Dust (1920), The Affairs of Anatol (1921), Hell Diggers (1921)
#21 John Gavin (1931—) This Mexican-American, square-jawed lead of the '50s and '60s is often cited for his impossibly handsome mug even though he later became famous as Reagan's ambassador to Mexico after ditching his acting career in favor of one in business. For me, and for many, the six-footer's most indelible for having appeared in Psycho as the stud who bangs Janet Leigh just before she takes that last shower. I've heard that for years he has steadfastly refused to answer fan mail or sign autographs.
Sexy Sampler: Imitation of Life (1959), Psycho (1960), Spartacus (1960)
The Guilt Trip
BOY CULTURE REVIEW: *** out of ****
I went into this Barbra Streisand/Seth Rogen mom/son buddy movie expecting it to be as meandering and pointless as its unfunny trailer, but I was pleasantly surprised. Eventually. In the beginning, it was hard to take the unlikable characters—Streisand's Jewish mother a smothering nag, Rogen's inventor son cold and seemingly filled to the brim with resentment. It could've been Psycho: The Prequel. Then, once a huge fight cleared the air, watching the characters embark on a long road trip as the son attempts to sell an all-natural cleaner he's invented became a pleasure. In particular, it was fun watching Streisand let her hair down, avoid vanity shots (except toward the end, where her hair suddenly looks like buttah) and crack wise, not to mention scarf down a steak that would have choked a prize fighter. The film holds a couple of bittersweet surprises, but the biggest shocker is that it's not a broad, Fockers-like comedy, but something if not deep then certainly more to be felt than simply enjoyed.
On the Road
BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ** out of ****
Less fun was sitting through Walter Salles's take on Jack Kerouac's classic On the Road. A thinly disguised memoir chronicling Kerouac's (Sam Riley as "Sal Paradise") relationships with Neal Cassady (Garrett Hedlund as "Dean Moriarty"), Allen Ginsberg (Tom Sturridge as "Carlo Marx"), the book does not fare well on the big screen, with most of the characters coming off as ridiculously pretentious, selfish and vapid. Or maybe that's how I'd react to reading the book at age 44. One thing's for sure—Riley does not conjure up whatever it is people find appealing about Kerouac, and that is a fatal flaw. The story still stings, even in a not-great adaptation, because it's about the devastation that charm can visit upon the romantic. I was also enamored of Garrett Hedlund's I-shouldn't-love-him intensity as well as his oft-glimpsed power-fucking. I never though I'd say this, either, but Kristen Stewart (as a not-that-innocent child bride) and Kirsten Dunst (as a woman who thinks she's tamed "Dean" but soon finds out she was sorely mistaken) are the absolute highlights, managing to fill their characters with more emotion and complexity with less camera time than all of the guys combined. Overall, it had me murmuring, "Are we there yet?"
Stunning Garrett Hedlund covers Interview (December 2012/January 2013) in advance of the release of the highly anticipated On the Road. Seeing the movie tonight—will let you know what I think.
Garrett Hedlund (above) and a host of other Hollywood hotties grace the pages of Esquire (September 2012) as part of Yu Tsai's "Next Generation" piece. My favorites—all hot as hell—after the jump...
Us: 100 Cutest Guys (Special Issue) seems targeted at teens, but why are they cramming so many full-on adults down little girls' throats when clearly there are so many adult men who'd enjoy that so much more?
Some of my top picks here and after the jump...