Last week I looked at high profile, cerebral actors and actresses - and how easy it was to locate super-hot sexy shots of the actresses. But not the actors. I wondered whether the actresses felt the need to portray themselves as highly sexualized, even though five of the six women are Oscar winners, and the sixth (Julianne Moore) has been nominated for an Academy Award four times.
On the other hand, I also wondered if these women felt that they had every right to be sexy, especially since most of their film roles were not. A revenge-of-the-nerdy-girls kind of thing.
This week, I'm looking at a different group of actors and actresses. These are the acknowleged hotties.
I'll start with the actresses.
Among this group of women, the only Oscar winner is Angelina Jolie. Other major award winners in this group are:
Kate Beckinsale - London Critics Circle Film Award
Jessica Biel - ShoWest Star of Tomorrow Award 2005
Eva Longoria - Screen Actors Guild Award
The obvious question arises: are these actresses not taken seriously because they showcase their beauty and sexuality? Every one of them have an edgy film in their CV's (the showbiz resume) - except for Eva Longoria, who has an edgy TV show instead.
Jessica Alba - Sin City - directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller
Kate Beckinsale - Winged Creatures - directed by Rowan Woods
Jessica Biel - The Illusionist - directed by Neil Burger
Angelina Jolie - A Mighty Heart - directed by Michael Winterbottom
Eva Longoria - Desperate Housewives - created by Marc Cherry
Eva Mendes - Once Upon a Time in Mexico - Robert Rodriguez
Now, let's have a look at the hottie men. Last week I could barely find a shirt-opened-to-expose-some-chest shots of the actors. This week...easy peasy!
What do we make of our men here? Are they merely brawny, not capable of being brainy?
Half of these actors are television actors. Half of them are action film stars. Believe it or not, the roughest-toughest of them - Vin Diesel - is also a writer, a director and a producer.
Do you suppose the hottie men will have their chance to give outstanding performances in cutting-edge films? In this group, surprisingly, the women hold the slight advantage over the men in the quality of roles they've been able to play. Will Josh Holloway be doomed to play good ole boys after Lost wraps? Will The Rock be forced to play Scorpion Kings, or will Dwayne Johnson find a challenging role he can truly inhabit?
Watermaid says Isn't it a question of age and the times in which we are living?
Thomma Lyn says there is an unfortunate tendency to typecast talented actors and/or actresses into "same old, same old" roles to showcase their Eye Candy Quotient instead of their acting talent.
Jeeves says these actors also become showcases.