Thursday, July 28, 2011

Send Me a Hero (And Make Sure He's Fortysomething)

By Ellery Adams
I saw the new Captain America movie over the weekend and thought it was okay. In general, I enjoy action movies and find them the perfect mental get-away from stress. But the latest big action films featuring young, beefcake superheroes were unimpressive.

In analyzing what fell short, I discovered that the leading men weren't my kind of hero. Yes, these guys are hot, but they're also as three-dimensional as a flapjack. They're good-looking comic book characters and we aretalking about an action movie, so what do I want?

Researching other action heroes made me realize that I might have a tad bit of age discrimination. I'd trade in huge pecs
for a lined face, swagger for a sharp wit, and thick, wavy hair for salt-and-pepper locks or a receding hairline.

In other words, Robert Downey Jr. is a much more appealing super hero than Chris Evans (he of the big pecs . See photo). Forget the Thor guy. If I'm going to be rescued from a castle tower, then I'll take Clive Owen as my knight in shining armor.

Apparently, hot fortysomethings are taking Hollywood by storm. Most of the 2012 action films featuring comic book heroes are older men. We've got Christian Bale as Batman, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, and more.

And for those who think older men shouldn't be action movie stars, I've got two words for you: Sean Connery.

So here's to the older heroes. They're a little smarter, a little more weathered, and far more interesting than a calendar boy.

Who's your favorite "older" leading man?

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you're not after a stimulating conversation, I'd say there's nothing wrong with a young'un, but then again it seems the 40 something guys ARE only interested in the 20-something girls. & I'm 36!

Ramona said...

I'm enjoying Rufus Sewell (age 43) as Zen in the latest Masterpiece Mystery series. The character is complex, and the actor is interesting to watch as he struggles to keep his integrity. And yowza, he's handsome.

Vicki said...

Oh, I'd definitely take Clive Owen or Sean Connery for that matter but my heart will always belong to Harrison Ford.

~ Babs ~ said...

I will always like Harrison Ford no matter how old he gets. He is my hero :). He can come save me anytime.

Harbingerdc said...

Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, and Patrick Stewart are some of my favorites. The last two get extra points for their fabulous voices.

Ellery Adams said...

You can't beat Indiana Jones at any age (though I wish he'd ditch the earring).

I'm going to see him in Cowboys v Aliens this weekend.

The Cat Bastet said...

Harrison Ford! I still love John Wayne, too.

Carol S said...

Give me Mark Harmon any day or night!!

Barbara said...

My fantasy heart will always belong to Robert Redford, but like Carol S., I love Mark Harmon too. Beefcake just makes me feel old and decrepit.

Anonymous said...

GEORGE CLOONEY!!!
and Mark Harmon

Vicki said...

Mark Harmon is my standing Tuesday night date. If were going TV leading men I also wouldn't turn away Tom Selleck.

Terry P. said...

You know there are several of them, and a lot of comments posted listed them. Connery, Selleck and Ford to name a few. There's just something about them that the younger guys don't have. Maybe it's age, wisdom, acting abilities or charisma. But I definitely agree the older ones have the younger ones beat by a mile. Of course, Hollywood thinks that everyone just wants to see the younger people when that's not true. Just like everything else in society, after you reach a certain age your no longer as attractive or anything else. Go figure!

Chris said...

Collin Firth...Yummy! (Who doesn't love Darcy??)

Vickie said...

Tom Selleck
Sam Elliott

ev said...

Alan Rickman. Everything is better with Alan Rickman in it.

Clooney. Selleck. Harmon. Firth.Sam Elliot. My god what his voice does to me.

RDJ and let me not forget Nathan Fillion. Those two have it all- looks, humor, sexiness coming out the pores.

Actually, they all do.

Katie said...

Hugh Laurie. Colin Firth. Hugh Grant. maybe its just British guys?

signlady217 said...

Sean Connery, Mark Harmon, Richard Gere, Tom Selleck, Pierce Brosnan, Antonio Banderas. Yummy! And Viggo Mortenson ain't bad, either!