April 29, 2003

They used to be hot...

This entry has been a long time coming, mostly because this is actually the fourth time I've tried to write it. Whenever I was working on it, my browser and/or computer would crash or I'd just zone out and close the window like a fool. Anyway, the entry was supposed to be about the various American film icons of the 1940's and 1950's that I discovered were actually hot during my AMC-watching (American Movie Classics) phase, such as Marlon Brando . I guess I had never believed that they could meet my hotness-standards, mostly because I only knew them as older and less attractive and always just figured they were good looking for their era. However, it wasn't until I had to read something for Mass Comm 10 that I discovered the most shocking case of old-time hotness... John Wayne!

John Wayne was born in 1907, but didn't become a famous film star until his role as The Ringo Kid in Stagecoach (1939) when he was 32 years old . After that, John Wayne's popularity seemed to only increase with his age and corresponding weathering of his facial features, until he was the leathery, aged man that has come to epitomize the toughness and rugged individualism of the American cowboy/soldier . So, like I was saying, I had to read a John Wayne biography, and it turns out that at the time of his first starring role in a movie that flopped called The Big Trail (1930) , Wayne was a certifiable hottie. I know none of you believe me, so I submit these seldom-seen photos for your edification (or just your pleasure). Ouch!

big trail.jpg

big trail 2.jpg

P.S. Also devastatingly hot is Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in Bend It Like Beckham (2002) . I didn't even know he was in the movie until the first shot of him, and, I'll tell you folks, it was a damned good surprise.


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Having just discovered the beauty that is Mr. Rhys-Meyers the day before, by watching "Velvet Goldmine" and "Titus" in immediate succession, imagine my surprise when he popped up ever so unexpectedly in "Beckham." I grasped for Kristina's hand and we exchanged this "no way, it can't really be" kind of look, and then I passed out. It was indeed a happy ending.

But seriously, he was out-of-control-hot in this movie. It was almost too much ... almost. As Kris said after the movie, the last five years had treated him very well. *drool*

Posted by: kati at April 29, 2003 03:09 PM

how many english actors are there with last names that begin with rhys-? is there some kind of society?

Posted by: holohan at April 29, 2003 10:09 PM

According to imdb.com, there are two; Jonathan Rhys-Meyers who was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1977 and John Rhys-Davies who was born in Salisbury, England in 1944.

Posted by: Kristina at April 29, 2003 11:15 PM

Ooooh, so he really *was* Irish in that movie we just saw? ~growl~

Posted by: kati at April 30, 2003 02:00 PM

he is also fabulous in "gormenghast" which is a bbc miniseries you can get on netflix. well, not fabulous. but he is certainly in it a lot, faking a bad english accent and pretending to be evil. he is the hottest thing since sun.

Posted by: didofoot at April 30, 2003 02:55 PM

I'm so going to put that on my queue this very moment.

Posted by: Kristina at April 30, 2003 03:16 PM

gormenghast is hecka great!

Posted by: michele at April 30, 2003 03:24 PM