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Known best for his role as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, Rupert Grint has been consistently singled out by people as one of the funniest, if not the most talented, actors in the series’ young cast. He’s seemingly been involved in more outside-of-Potter gigs than Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. He starred in Driving Lessons, with Laura Linney and Julie Walters (a.k.a. Molly Weasley, his Harry Potter mom). Recently he starred in Wild Target, with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt, and he played against type in the drama Cherrybomb. Now that filming has wrapped for both of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films, he is set to portray iconic British Olympic ski jumper, Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards in Eddie the Eagle.
Why He’s More Than Just Eye Candy: I’ll be honest, I love the red hair. However, I’ve always liked Rupert’s personality. Like most kids of my generation, we grew up alongside the Potter cast. One of the characteristics that came to define him was his easy-going attitude. He may not be as loquacious as Emma in interviews, or as hyperactive as Daniel, but his quiet goofiness has always stood out. I’ve heard adults who work on the Potter franchise describe him as one of the most unique people you could ever meet. Dude owns an ice cream truck, for example. He performed a rap for his audition video for Harry Potter. He plays the didgeridoo. He can ride a unicycle. He still lives with his family, and bought them a new house. He also has what appears to be good taste in music (in my opinion), and we could totally bond over our mutual love of Arctic Monkeys, SpongeBob Squarepants, and the fact that neither of us passed our driving exams the first time. More objectively, he really does seem to have an innate talent for acting and a natural comedic timing. I think he’ll have a fairly good career in the future.
Unfortunately, I (and many other Americans, I’d venture) have just discovered Tom Hardy thanks to Inception, in which he played Eames, the Forger. It’s unfortunate because he’s apparently quite the up-and-comer. He’s played iconic characters like Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, and Bill Sikes in Oliver Twist. He’s done period dramas like the mini-series “The Virgin Queen,” and Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. On the other end of the spectrum, he’s done gritty modern films like Layer Cake, and Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla. One of his most lauded performances was as the infamous criminal Charles Bronson in Bronson. Right now, he’s on board for Mad Max: Fury Road, a reboot of/sequel to the old apocalyptic Mel Gibson series. Lucky for him, this comes at a time when he probably won’t be receiving unfavorable comparisons to Gibson’s original portrayal of Max Rockatansky, considering the current public opinion of Mr. Gibson. There are also rumblings that he’s in contention to play the Riddler in the next installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series.
Why He’s More Than Just Eye Candy: He’s been fairly outspoken about his battle overcoming a drug addiction and pretty grim party lifestyle. Of course it’s wonderful that he could overcome something like that and I think it’s even better that, as someone who aspires to some amount of fame, he’s fairly open about the whole ordeal. As an actor, he’s acquired various accolades. He studied at the London Drama Center. He was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer of 2003 in a Society of London Theatre Affliate for his performance in Arabia, We’d All Be Kings, performed at the Hampstead Theatre. Also, he was awarded the 2003 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his performances in Blood and Arabia, We’d All Be Kings. He was one of Variety’s “Top Ten Actors to Watch” in 2009. For his role in Bronson, he underwent a fairly drastic change in appearance, shaving his head and bulking up considerably. With a co-writer, he has written two television shows and sold them to production companies.
I recently found some great pictures of two past Hottie McDotties who, when I originally made their entries, didn’t have many pictures readily available on the Internet.
There’s not much else to say, so without further ado, here are some wonderful photos that have languished on my desktop far too long.
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So, I saw Hot Tub Time Machine this evening. It was… interesting, to say the least. I don’t know what it says about me that I left wanting to make a rare (sorry about that) Hottie McDottie post for Sebastian Stan, who plays the villain in the film. He does a terrific job as Blaine, a snotty ski bum in the vein of Roy Stalin from Better Off Dead (and I’m not just saying that because John Cusack is in both films). His character is also obsessed with the film Red Dawn, which I found hilarious. Sebastian is also well-known for playing Carter on Gossip Girl and being co-star Leighton Meester’s real life boyfriend. Last time I watched Gossip Girl (a long time ago), his character was still a “bad guy,” so it seems that he’s got that role nailed down. He also starred in the short-lived (but supposedly pretty good) TV drama, Kings, and had a role in the Fred Durst directed The Education of Charlie Banks and teen thriller The Covenant. Although it doesn’t say what role he’ll play, IMDb credits him as being in the upcoming film Black Swan, in which Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman get their ballerina on.
Why He’s More Than Just Eye Candy: He grew up in Romania and Austria, so he’s probably more worldly than I. He got his BFA in acting at Rutger’s University, which is nothing to sneeze at. He also attended the famous Stagedoor Manor performing arts summer camp. In 2007, he co-starred with Liev Schreiber on Broadway in the play Talk Radio. I’m personally always impressed when actors do stage work nowadays. So he’s got some legitimate acting experience and education under his belt, and it’ll be interesting to see what he does in the future. Hopefully he won’t get pigeonholed as the “smarmy evil dude” (although he certainly does that well).
My mom requested that I do Channing Tatum as an entry in the Hall of Hotties McDotties, and I’m nothing if not a dutiful daughter. He wasn’t on my original list of Hottie McDotties (he’s a bit too “all-American boy” for my tastes), but it’s certainly not difficult to look at him. Besides, with his new film Dear John in theaters soon (I thought it came out tomorrow, but apparently I’m going to have to endure those painful TV spots for at least another week), I’m sure to get some extra blog hits. Hopefully. Anywho, Channing had a pretty big year last year, what with Fighting, G.I. Joe, a cameo in Public Enemies, and his wedding to Step Up co-star Jenna Dewan (yep, sorry Mom. He’s taken). This year, besides Dear John, he’s got the Gladiator-esque The Eagle of the Ninth coming out, and tons of filming to do. His filmography isn’t overly impressive, but he rose to stardom very quickly, and with his looks and his physical skills (dancing and fighting and all that), he’s basically guaranteed film roles for a while. I think he’s likable enough, and I hope we can see him in some more challenging roles, of the non-”I’m going to punch you/challenge you to a dance off/stare dreamily into your eyes” variety.
Why He’s More Than Just Eye Candy: He’s really athletic. He played football in high school (which was actually a military school), and got a full athletic scholarship to a college in West Virginia. He’s also earned belts in Kung Fu and in Gor-Chor Kung Fu (yes, sounds impressive, whatever it is). After school, he worked as a construction worker, mortgage broker, and salesman. Then he began his modeling career, which led to film roles. So he’s nothing if not a man of many talents.
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Although Mad Men is on hiatus (they haven’t even started filming season 4 yet… get on it ASAP, Matt Weiner!), Jon Hamm has been keeping busy, I suppose. He’s starring in Ben Affleck’s newest directorial outing, The Town. He was at the Golden Globes on Sunday, where he debuted a (wonderful) beard (and yeah, his show won). He’s been out pimping his newest film, the historical literary drama Howl, at Sundance. I think I heard a rumor that he’s going to be reprising his role as the dysfunctionally handsome Dr. Drew Baird on 30 Rock soon, but I’m too lazy to look it up for verification. So that’s what he’s been up to, or will be up to. And look at that beard!
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Irish actor Michael Fassbender has recently popped up in some big budget, high-profile films like Inglourious Basterds and 300. He’s also toiled in lesser-known projects, like Fish Tank, Town Creek, Eden Lake, and Angel, and the massive HBO mini-series Band of Brothers (I watched this recently and, although I think he played a fairly prominent character, I only recall seeing him once or twice – that’s what happens when every character wears the same uniform). His portrayal of IRA protester Bobby Sands in the 2008 film Hunger won him many rave reviews and awards, including a British Independent Film Award and an Irish Film and Television Award. He has a ton of projects in the pipeline, including Jane Eyre and the comic book adaptation Jonah Hex.
Why He’s More Than Just Eye Candy: He’s fluent in German (as displayed in Inglourious Basterds). He’s also proven that he’ll go a long way for his art. For Hunger, he went on a medically monitored crash diet to lose 14 kilos (about 31 pounds) to weigh in at about 59 kilos (around 130 pounds). So he went full Christian Bale on that one. Looking through pictures of him (and having seen him in a handful of projects), I’d say that he has the unique gift of being a chameleon. He rarely looks the same in any two pictures. I think that this will probably open up a number of roles for him, and hopefully lead to more notoriety.
Matthew Goode is a British actor who has starred in Woody Allen’s Match Point, Brideshead Revisited, Watchmen, in which he played hero/villain Ozymandias, and that pinnacle of American cinema, the Mandy Moore vehicle Chasing Liberty. For someone who only has 17 credits on his IMDb resume, he is (arguably) becoming one of the most well-known up and coming British actors in the biz. His upcoming projects include Leap Year, a romantic comedy with Amy Adams, and Tom Ford’s directorial debut, A Single Man, which is garnering rave reviews (and Oscar buzz). He also became a father in March, so it’s been a busy year for him.
Why He’s More Than Just Eye Candy: It was a bit difficult to find much information about him personally – his hobbies and past and whatnot – other than the fact that he can wear a suit like none other (and that’s just my personal opinion). I did, however, read a few interviews with him. He’s developed a bit of a reputation for saying exactly what he thinks (he irked some hardcore Watchmen fans for this expletive laced tirade), and that came across in these interviews. But I like it, especially coming from a British man; Brits always seem to have this stereotype about them that they’re very proper and secretive and unemotional, and he seems to be almost the complete opposite. I particularly enjoyed this interview where his Match Point co-star Scarlett Johansson took over the question asking duties. People keep pegging him as the next Hugh Grant, but I think that he might have more up his sleeve than that. He’s actually done a major action film (Watchmen), which I don’t recall Grant doing. Also, I don’t think that Goode is going to be pigeon-holed into that nebbish, uptight, nervous and bumbling British gentleman role that Grant is typically relegated to. And thank God for that.
Because I’m trying to get more hits per day (I keep getting close to 300, but never all the way there, and it’s not consistent), I’ve decided to post extra pictures of the most popular Hottie McDotties. By most popular, I’m referring to the ones that have gotten the most hits, so they are obviously popular amongst the “Internet Surfing, Attractive Male Celebrity Loving” crowd (yeah, that’s a real crowd). These posts are going to be strictly pictures, although I might try to add in updated news about what they’re up to. We’ll see how it goes. My first Hall of Famer is Henry Cavill, because his Hottie McDottie entry was the first one I wrote that got a shockingly high number of views.