Wednesday, November 19, 2008

"That's why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they'd call them something else"

So since I was so incredibly late on the whole Alphabet Meme thing, I decided I would start my own meme and see if anyone actually follows it up.

So here's my idea.

Top 10 man crushes in film.


This can be a character, actor, director, really anyone working on films. The only thing is, they must be a personality. You have to really know something about them. This rules out most producers, cinematographers, etc.

If you are a man, these man crushes, obviously must be men. If you are a woman than I say they have to be a woman. They must be the same sex as the writer making their list.

You can choose anyone living or dead.
They must be chosen due to their film content. If you choose Michael J. Fox and the only thing you like about him is his role in Family Ties then he doesn't work. But if you choose Michael J. Fox because you love Marty McFly, and you want to mention that you also love Family Ties, that is acceptable.

Alright? Here goes.

10. Peter Sellers
-Sellers is a comedic god. Something I look for in a man(crush) is the ability to consistently make me smile. The thing is, Sellers is not only capable of causing me to go into uncontrollable fits of giggles, but he can make me cry too. His character in Being There is absolutely transformative to his entire career and my view on him.
9. Clive Owen
-Witty yet totally bad ass. He is what every man wants to be. And he's got a friggin British accent. That boosts any man to crush status for me.
8. Paul Rudd
-I could watch this man endlessly. Every supporting role he has been in leave me in stitches, and his most recent starring role shows him doing what he does best, being a snarky, smarmy, cynical asshole. At his heart though, Rudd is a sympathetic person. Why is he not noted yet for his comedic genius?
7. Kurt Russell
-Honestly, among all the 80's/early 90's action stars I would choose Mr. Russell. He is smarter than Schwarzenegger and Stallone, better looking than Bruce Willis, and wittier than all three. His anti-hero action status led the way for Willis and Die Hard. But how could anyone top his run with Carpenter in the 80's?
6. Heath Ledger
-Many love him post-humously because of his amazing portrayal of Joker. My love for him came before that. His greatest role was of course in Brokeback Mountain, but I found him amazing to watch in popcorn films such as 10 Things I Hate About You and Lords Of Dogtown. While I can't speak to the quality of these films I can speak to the charm and heart I found in Ledger and his characters.
5. John Cusack
-Say Anything anyone? Not to mention his slew of goofy 80's films (One Crazy Summer, Better Off Dead, The Sure Thing) to his newer dramedies(High Fidelity, Being John Malkovich, The Ice Harvest). He always has an earnestness about him, and while he is seemingly always playing himself, I could watch Cusack do Cusack for days on end.
4. Steve Martin
-Although lately Steve Martin has made me want to gag with his slew of horrible films, I still love the man and forgive him due to his amazing ability to always seem candid and honest, and playing many snarky characters with vulnerability. I love him most in Planes, Trains and Automobiles but how could anyone deny his outstanding stand up and early films especially a little unknown comedy directed by Carl Reiner, I'm sure some of you might have heard of it.
3. Robert Downey Jr.
-Talk about having it all. Style, looks, wit, charm, a former drug problem. Okay, that last part isn't something I look for in a man(crush) but really, can anyone deny this man anything? He made Iron Man a hit recently and I'm dying to see him again. Not to mention he is hilarious in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and perfect in Zodiac. He is the GQ man that all of us, whether we admit it or not, want to be.
2.Dustin Hoffman
-He may be 71 years old now, but he still warms my heart. From The Graduate to Midnight Cowboy to All The President's Men to Rain Man to Stranger Than Fiction this man knows how to act, and he knows how to pick a role. I would say out of anyone on this list he has the largest amount of great films amidst his performances. Not to mention, The Graduate makes me happy.

Drum Roll Please.

1. Bill Murray
-The way Bill Murray has reinvented himself with Wes Anderson and Jim Jarmusch is incredible. The man is still hilarious but has a melancholy and dryness about him now that I find absolutely engaging. I love Bill Murray and if gay marriage were allowed in Ohio and he lived here, I would ask him for his hand. I don't care that he has at least 30 years on me.

Michael Cera, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Stewart, Jason Batemen, Casey Affleck, George Clooney, Sam Rockwell, Harrison Ford

I know I have many more classic actors in the runners up, this is only because I have connected and man crushed on more modern actors, I guess.

Anyways I am tagging Marcy at Because I Saw The Film, Fletch at Blog Cabins, TS at Screen Savour, The Film Doctor, and Dark City Dame. Do it if you'd like. If not, whatev.


the editor., said...

Hi! Deadpan,
What the saying?!?...."Turn about is fair play!"...I "tagged" you and "ran" away and now...ha!

darkcitydame ;-)

Marcy said...

I've been wanting to do something like this forever but now I will actually have an excuse to make a list of my girl crushes! Haha.

I love how you have Dustin Hoffman on your list. He's one of the best actors of his generation. I'm convinced that he can play anything.

Dead Pan said...

Dark City Dame---Haha, so I take that as meaning you are going to do it right?

Marcy---I adore Dustin Hoffman and agree that he can play absolutely anything.

FilmDr said...

Thanks for the tag, but I dislike the term "man crush." Could one list one's favorite male film-related people?

Dead Pan said...

Filmdr---heh, that is fine, I just found man crush to be a bit more humorous. But also, these aren't just men I admire in film. I would have much different people in that case(mainly directors or writers)but these are men who generally I crush on in a non-gay way. I'm not exactly sure how to explain it, haha, but yes, which ever way you wish to do so is fine.

the editor., said...

Hi! Deadpan,
Oh yeah!...I will probably have
my list up over the weekend.

dcd ;-)

darkcitydame4e said...

Hi! Deadpan,
Here goes the 10 Actresses that I admire Meme list...

dakcitydame ;-)