Happy Saturday one and all- It’s been a pretty crappy week, quite honestly. That being said, I’ve decided to try and get down to the nitty gritty on a subject that has irritated me for a little while. There are celebrities that we all find intriguing for one reason or another- they are funny, they are intelligent, or they may just be really hot, but when I’ve found myself taking an interest (ok- obsessing) over a celebrity I have found that they aren’t really in the category of normal…
So, I shall bring you into my boring and somewhat twisted mind to take a look at the men that have caught my interest in the past few years as I ask myself- why?
1. Nick Stahl
I’m not sure when I became a fan of Mr. Stahl, but I would venture to say that it was as far back as “The Man Without a Face”. There was something about that perfected vacant stare that I thought was dreamy at the age of 13 when Keanu Reeves and Richard Gere were all over the place. It was a slow burn at that point but when I found myself with a lot more time on my hands back in 2009 I decided to dedicate a night to watching his catalog of movies. I can’t deny that I think he’s gorgeous, but one thing that I appreciate about his acting is that he has recently chosen a lot of independent films. I like a blockbuster when I don’t have the desire to think too hard about anything, but there are times when I really need a good thought provoking film that has nothing to do with the Lifetime Movie Network.
There is a visible development in his choice of roles that does speak to me in a way. He and I share the same birthday, but one year apart and I can only suspect that this is a side effect of being the same age and living in the same world (globally, I mean) that I can relate and it makes me feel a kinship of some weird sort with him. Aside from that, he’s actually a very dynamic actor. If you take a comparison of films such as Bully (really a creepy film that I saw after Brad Renfros death) and Twist with his role in Carnivale you will see that he’s really good at being conflicted, but I kinda love the fact that he’s good at playing crazy- it’s exciting to watch.
2. Cillian Murphy
The first thing that caught my eye was his big baby blue eyes and dark Irish look- LOVE IT! And, yes, there is something oddly very attractive about the fact that he seems to naturally look manerexic (Jutting cheek bones and sharp chin- sexy!). The first movie that I really noticed him in was “Red Eye”. This one was one of the many thrillers that I watched because I had nothing better to do with my free time as I was working full time (2 jobs actually), but the plot is that a high level concierge at a Miami hotel has to thwart an assassination from a red-eye flight into MIA. This one got me on two levels- I worked in a hotel and I used to live in Miami and work 2 blocks from where they filmed it. That being said, it was really fun to watch Rachel McAdams beat the hell out of him- the pen thing- Brilliant! Through it all, he was still smouldering. I wanted to hate his character, but I couldn’t, I just couldn’t. It was after this movie that I had to IMDB him and realized that he was the kick-ass lead in Danny Boyle’s 28 Day’s Later. Kudos on letting it all hang out by the way and it was a fantastic film- my interest was peaked!
So, again with much free time, I took a look at his filmography and found that I do love him as an actor. If you try to tell me that he doesn’t have range when you watch Breakfast on Pluto, 28 Days Later, Red Eye, and Disco Pigs in succession, you must have been blind, deaf, and dumb. He takes some fun angles with movie choice and I am truly a sucker for an accent.
3. Ed Quinn
I can say that this one is actually not surprising to me. Ed Quinn is smoking hot and I am semi-intrigued by him as an actor, but I really and truly love the character of Nathan Stark from the SyFy show “Eureka” more. This goes back to my truly sad desire for that town to exist with an uber genius who can solve most of the problems that pop-up, and also look like a model doing it, with a snarky and intelligent sense of humor. That’s a deadly tri-fecta for me and yes, I do realize that Nathan Stark is a fictional character, so take the fingers off of the speed dial to social services please.
4. Andrew Lee Potts
I just love this guy! He’s one of the series regulars in BBC’s “Primeval” and played the role of the Hatter in SyFy’s “Alice”. As I stated in my previous post about sexy nerds– he is one. I like the fact that he plays to his strength by taking on characters with quirky awkward likeability (is that even a description?) and that at some point he does man-up in all of these roles. That being said, I’m not sure that I’ve watched enough of his film and television roles to make a judgement about his range. I just like the fact that he and his fiance, Hannah Spearrit, are so damned adorable! They are fun in interviews and very real, down to earth people and you get the sense that if you were ever to hang out with celebrities, they would be fantastic company and that you’d hit it off right away. It’s a lovely fantasy for those of us who are socially starved in a self-involved urban market- don’t judge!
5. Jared Leto
I can tell you exactly why Mr. Leto has peaked my interest and for once it’s not because he’s hot. He has probably been told by 90% of the planet at this point that he’s good looking- “the most beautiful man” that George Lopez has seen in fact- but my interest runs a little different here. My first exposure to our little heart-throb was as Jordan Catalano in “My So-Called Life”. I can’t lie- I really didn’t watch the show. Netflix has release the full series to stream and I’ve recently run the course of all of the shows that I wanted to catch up on and found myself watching a few episodes and can confirm that it is still just as uninteresting to me as I remembered. My beef– well, maybe not a beef, but total jealousy- stems from the fact that this guy has been so successful as an actor and was able to do a 180 degree turn and become a successful musician. I guess that I’m a fan of hearing that a person had to overcome adversity, or to fight for something that they want- to work for the spoils and outwardly, this seems to have come very easily to him, so I’m having a bit of a hater moment.
The flip side of this is that I honestly enjoy him more as a musician than an actor. There is a level of pretentiousness that I can’t put a finger on and that may just really be the outward appearance and self promotion that any band needs to do to be successful, but it kind of irks me. No idea why. He also directs that bands mini-movies of videos and I can say that I enjoy them. It’s a nice break from the low budget look or dancing in a bootie club music video that seems to have replaced the driving in the ghetto and group dancing in random locations style video of my youth. He’s showing his cinematic background and if you pull the video’s it’s like he’s creating tributes to films that he loves- The Kill (The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick) and Hurricane (Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick), or throwing Easter eggs to the Echelon (the amazing fan base they’ve built) throughout, in a very cult like way. I’m not going to hate on that one- I think that these guys are PR genius’s. It’s just that I have a love hate relationship with the public figure that is Jared Leto. I do honestly wonder if he is that character in real life because he is a good actor. All that you need to do to agree with that statement is to watch “Requiem for a Dream” and “Chapter 27”.
6. Gerard Way- My Chemical Romance/The Umbrella Academy
More of a nod to the years I spent in NJ and the fact that the guy is an incredible musician.
7. Neil Gaiman- Author
I want this man’s twisted and brilliant mind so much more every time he writes another word- ’nuff said.
8. Kele Okereke- Musician
I’m still mourning the long silence of Bloc Party, but that being said- I am subscribed to Kele’s blog and he has a lot to say.
9. Henry Rollins- Singer/Author/Spoken Word Artist/General Bad-ass
I just love Mr. Rollins. He influenced my entire youth in one way or another and even now, pushing 50 he’s still out there, loud-mouthed, bad-ass that he’s always been. He’s the elder statesmen of my generation and I really want him to run for Congress 😦
10. Timothy Olyphant- Actor
I’m going to go with the unexplainable “it” for him. I’ve seen him in bit parts and big parts over the years and I always wonder who he is and can never remember- Kind of like Pete Postelthweit.