That’s right! It’s the battle of the matinee idol! Well, the modern version, that is. Two buddies fighting for top position as the most attractive man in Hollywood. Both have been voted Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine twice; Brad in 1995 and again in 2000, George in 1997 and again in 2006.
So whose face do you find the most appealing? Who wears the threads best? It was very hard trying to find a decent pic of George with his shirt off; on the other hand it was easy finding one of Brad bearing his six-pack. I wonder if he still sports one.
There’s only two years between the two lads; Brad was born in Oklahoma, December 18, 1963 (a Sagittarian, like my good self). George was born in Kentucky, May 6, 1961.
But enough of the chitty-chat, let’s get down to brass tacks. Which gentleman possesses the most pulchritude (physical attraction, to be precise)? Let the battle begin!
Generally the term refers to those good-looking Golden Age of Hollywood actors who’d star as a romantic lead in movies that were more popular due to packed day-time screenings, when housewives could afford the couple of hours escape from domestic duties, provided they’d found a nanny.
My selection is a little broader to say the least. I’m including young men from across the ages, modern and classic. All of them are adored by the camera; some of them even devour it. Yeah, they're pretty boys, that's what matinee idols are. But they're more than just a pretty face, they ooze sex appeal, sometimes a hint or a smirk of danger, and as good as they look in a silk shirt or Armani suit, they always look dynamite with their shirt off.
I’ve always appreciated high cheekbones on a man, there’s something slightly exotic, yet incredibly debonair about a male visage with a strong profile. And if I might be so bold, a man in monochrome speaks volumes!
So, without further adieu, here are just a few of my afternoon delights …
I love the broody nature of actors like Joaquin Phonenix and Jonathon Rhys-Meyers. I admire the chameleon aspect to actors like Christian Bale and Johnny Depp. But I'm a great fan of Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford). And the nonchalant pulchritude of Javier Bardem, he just exudes pure, unadultered style and substance. But for straight-up, no bullshit, sensational, matinee idol good looks? Alain Delon.