WEIRDLAND: 50 Sexiest Men by Empire

Thursday, October 15, 2009

50 Sexiest Men by Empire

We all know who is the sexiest man here in Weirdland? Jake Gyllenhaal is #1 in my list. For Empire Online is Johnny Depp, seconded by vampire heartthrob Robert Pattinson. See 50 Sexiest Men list by Empire Online:

50. Channing Tatum

Though a bigger deal in America than he is here over in Blighty, this hasn't stopped the often unshirted and shockingly buff Channing from wiggling his way into the nation's sexual subconscious, what with his body-flaunting antics in Step Up and his more recent appearance in cinematic candyfloss GI Joe. Expect more rippling Alabaman abs on your screens for a long while yet.

Most alluring as... As the body-popping community-service-serving one-man dancing powerhouse that is Tyler Gage in Step Up.

Interests include... Modelling, having featured in campaigns for the likes of Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, and Dolce & Gabbana.
49. Shia LaBeouf

The boy with the beard next door, Shia (rhymes with "hiya") LaBeouf (rhymes with... nothing) is made approximately a kabillion times sexier by just having been near Megan Fox both socially and professionally. The combination of slicked back hair, sophisticated beardlet, and accompanying band of gigantic mechanoids altogether makes Shia a very attractive proposition. Look forward to seeing him in smart suits flushing bundles of dollar bills down the toilet in the upcoming Wall Street 2.

Most alluring as... Jerry Shaw in Eagle Eye, what with those scars about his right eyebrow and those alluring eyes of his (swoon).

Interests include... Basketball, playing the drums and hip-hop - even starting a record label with a friend.
48. Keanu Reeves

Seemingly not having aged in the past 15 years, the forever young Canadian still has the same strong jaw, sculpted eyebrows and spiky black hair as he did back in the Jonny Mnemonic days. Handsome, youthful and pretty good at backflipping whilst blasting an uzi, Keanu's definitely still got it.

Most alluring as... Super police officer Jack Traven in Speed, with his buzzsaw haircut, bulging biceps and bomb-on-bus expertise.

Interests include... Ballroom dancing, martial arts, hockey and playing bass - although sadly his band Dogstar is currently defunct.
47. Jensen Ackles

One half of Supernatural's fraternal ghost-busting duo, Ackles is best known for sexing up the small screen but has appeared in such cinematic outings as Devour, My Bloody Valentine and Ten Inch Hero - it's not what it sounds like.

Most alluring as... Dean Winchester, apparently busting makes you look good too.

Interests include... Football, lacrosse, basketball, horseback riding and photograpy. Oh and looking after his cockapoo, Icarus.
46. James Franco

Someone so annoyingly handsome that upon seeing him most men immediately start shouting insults, only to find... he's perfect. Pretty much. Funny, talented and capable of an Emmy award-winning portrayal of Mr Fitty McFit-Fit himself, James Dean, there's nothing any man can do to stop their girlfriend drooling over him.

Most alluring as... James Dean, surprisingly enough. The quiff, the leather jacket, the brooding, lingering looks... nothing can beat that.

Interests include... A passion for literature (having only recently completed his undergraduate degree at UCLA in 2008) as well as painting.
45. Cary Grant

Cary Grant, a man so suave and handsome his name is practically a byword for 'impossibly good-looking'. It's no surprise then that Ian Fleming had Cary Grant in mind when he created James Bond, with Sean Connery hired in part because of his similarly dashing good looks.

Most alluring as... Walter Burns in His Girl Friday. Well dressed, well spoken and utterly ruthless in his dogged determination to get his ex back, there's no finer Grant look.

Interests included... Baseball, supporting both the New York Giants and the L.A. Dodgers in his time.
41. Chris Pine

Previous roles in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and Just My Luck are all but forgotten after Chris Pine's thoroughly brilliant turn as the captain of the Starship Enterprise in the Star Trek reboot this year. Rugged, tempestuous and pretty dapper in a skin-tight federation uniform, the man was born to lead - and break hearts.

Most alluring as... James T Kirk. Battered and bloody, sitting on a bar table after laying out a few fellow students at the academy early on in Star Trek.

Interests include... Reading and literature, even doing a year out at Leeds University during his degree at University of California, Berkeley.
40. Colin Farrell

Perfectly nailing the Hollywood hobo chic ('Derelicte' if you will) Colin looks great with or without his scruffy beard, beanie hat and messy hair - he can even pull off totally bald (with a dartboard on his forehead) though the golden locks look in Alexander isn't his best. Any road, he's a dreamboat - just look at his appearance in Dr Parnassus.

Most alluring as... Danny Witwer in Minority Report. There's something so goddarn attractive about his sharp-suited, floppy hair look - hell, he gets away with braces. Braces, we tell ya.

Interests include... Line dancing (he was once an instructor), football, and tattoos.
38. Ben Barnes

After a string of small roles in films (among them Stardust) it was none other than The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, a role that he seemed born to play, which propelled the actor into the hearts of fantasy loving teens everywhere.

Most alluring as... Prince Caspian. When we first meet him in the Chronicles of Narnia, he announces in his seductive pseudo-Spanish accent 'I am Prince Caspian' - think of a sexier 'My name is Inigo Montoya....' moment except younger, hotter, and with better hair.

Interests include... Singing and playing the drums. He was even in a band called Hyrise who performed their "Leading Me On" in 2004 for the Eurovision Song Contest.
36. Kellan Lutz

One of the lesser known Twilight men, Kellan might not have the star power of some of his co-stars, but he does have one great thing going for him: a ripped six-pack and a youth film franchise that shows no sign of stopping. There'll be a few more incongruous scenes with Kellan wandering around half-dressed for a good while yet, we can promise you.

Most alluring as... He may be man of few words, but he's in Twilight, what more do you need? Off the silver screen he does seem to have attracted a large female fanbase who squeal uncontrollably with delight so he's doing something right.

Interests include... Football, boxing, skateboarding, track, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, swimming, tennis, racquetball, badminton, snow skiing, and snowboarding. So sport, then.
35. Taylor Lautner

What's that? Another young Twilight upstart with his top off sneaking his way into the Empire sexiest list? You're damn right. Star of The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D and Cheaper by the Dozen 2, he'd been keeping himself busy before he hit the big time in the Twilight series - though with less screentime spent topless, obviously.

Most alluring as... Jake-abs. Specifically, whenever he's topless in Twilight. So for the most part, whenever he's in New Moon then.

Interests include... Enjoys playing football and baseball. He is also a keen martial artist, winning tournaments internationally.
34. Jude Law

His personal life and hairline might be somewhat complicated, but A.I.'s robotic rent boy is definitely a very pretty man. Hell, he was Alfie, making him one of cinema's greatest lotharios, and that's that. What's more he looks great in a suit and does loads of work for charity, so he's good-looking and a nice guy. Everyone's a winner.

Most alluring as... Playboy tearaway Dickie Greenleaf in The Talented Mr Ripley, living the European highlife in a role that not only let him be as handsome as he dared but won him an Oscar nod too.

Interests include... Aiding charities, the theatre (surprise, surprise) and world peace.
33. Harrison Ford

The older he gets... the older he looks. But for the man this very magazine named the number one movie star of all time, this is proving a very good thing - Calista Flockheart liked the grizzled look, for one, and his legions of adoring fans prove that slightly less sprightly stars still have pulling power. Whether it be as Han Solo, Indiana Jones or Rick Deckard... the man will be sexy forever.

Most alluring as... Indy, of course. Is there anything sexier than a maverick archaeologist running away from a massive rolling boulder? Answer: probably - but it's in the top 50.

Interests include... The Democratic party, carpentry, planes and conservationism, even having two species of animals named after him, a Central American ant (Pheidole harrisonfordi) and an eight-eyed spider (Calponia harrisonfordi).
32. Bradley Cooper

With his big smile and big arms there's little any woman can do when faced with "The Face" besides melt and stare. Appearing in a string of big comedies such as The Wedding Crashers and more recently The Hangover, Bradley has also proved for good he's hilarious too. He's got the lot, making him truly great marriage material; just don't let him go to Vegas beforehand.

Most alluring as... Phil in The Hangover. Waking up half naked under a blanket in a Las Vegas penthouse. With a tiger in the bathroom. The tiger makes it sexier, somehow.

Interests include... Speaking French and charity work.
31. Gael Garcia Bernal

Born to a model/actress mum and actor/director dad, the Mexican magnet was never likely to end up as a jowly darts player. His acting, readiness to experiment and line in Latin smouldering has caused much female fluttering, even when he's been dressed as a girl or getting down and bromantic with pal Diego Luna. He may not be towering - at 5"6 he may struggle to get onto some rollercoasters - but frankly tallness can hang when you're a contender for The World's Most Handsome Man.

Most alluring as... One side of an Ana López Mercado sandwich with Diego Luna in Y Tu Mamá Tambien.

Interests include... Languages (he's fluent in four), politics and the environment. Presumably to make the rest of us feel better, he's also into football.
29. Ewan McGregor

He can sing, he can dance, he can climb in and out of toilets, he's travelled the length and breadth of the globe on a bike, he's Obi-wan, he's shot a dog in the arse... Ewan McGregor has done it all. What's more, he's not afraid of getting little Ewan out when the need arises (or doesn't), clocking up five onscreen appearances to date.

Most alluring as... Did we mention the full frontal nudity? See Trainspotting (1996), The Pillow Book (1996), Velvet Goldmine (1998), Nightwatch (1997) and Young Adam (2003).

Interests include... Riding motorbikes, motorbike riding and motorbiking, amongst other things.
28. James Dean

A man so iconic it's compulsory for every man at one point in his life to buy a red jacket, quiff up his hair and wriggle into his tightest white t-shirt before looking into the mirror and realising what a tool he looks. No-one comes close to James Dean - and that's why with only three films ever released he still makes it into lists like this time and again.

Most alluring as... Anyone he ever played. The knife fight by the planetarium, that, or the chicky run on the bluff... but pick any piece of film with James Dean in it and you're already onto a winner.

Interests included... Changing cinema forever and being name-dropped by bands after his death.
27. Clive Owen

Known for his cool, suave persona and his trademark deep voice, Clive is one smooth drink of water. His icy stare and laidback screen presence even had him in the running to have his very own licence to kill before being pipped by fellow British beefcake Daniel Craig.

Most alluring as... It's hard to pick just one when there are so many, but most women would agree it's when he's playing the smooth dashing hero, either suiting up in Duplicity or armouring up as King Arthur.

Interests include... Looking handsome and doing James Bond impressions when no-one's looking.
26. Marlon Brando

The latter half of his career might tarnish his sex symbol status somewhat but just one look at him in A Streetcar Names Desire and there's no doubt that this man is the embodiment of sex. His look, his presence, his voice... the man was a God amongst men.

Most alluring as... Stanley Kowalski in Streetcar. No contest.

Interests include... Method acting, eating and supporting Native Americans' rights.
25. Sam Worthington

He's so fit, we even fancy him when he's 9 feet tall, blue and alien. Sam Worthington seems to have come from pretty much nowhere to star in every major film these days, but with that combination of buffness and gruff Aussie manliness, it's easy to see why. Expect him to stick around for some time to come.

Most alluring as... We have a feeling that you were to ask us in six months we're going Perseus say Clash of the Titans, but for the moment let's go with his brooding turn in Macbeth (2006).

Interests include... Listening to metal. Worthington (sensibly) keeps his private life under wraps.
23. Will Smith

He's the biggest star in the world, probably the only actor who guarantees you $100million at the box office these days. You'll travel a long way to find anyone in Hollywood with a bad word to say about his personality. And even if his ears stick out a bit, the combination of killer physique and knock-out charisma make it hard to imagine that anyone could resist him for long.

Most alluring as... Steve Hiller in Independence Day. It's something about the flight suits. Or if you're an abs fan, check out the running-with-shirt-open scene in Bad Boys.

Interests include... Playing chess, watching wrestling (so he's high and lowbrow!) and of course recording music.
22. Matt Damon

He's seriously smart, he's seriously funny (I'm Fucking Matt Damon may be the greatest celebrity pastiche ever), he's hot, he's Jason Bourne and he won an Oscar for Screenwriting. Who doesn't love him? On the bed, on the floor, on a towel by the door; in the tub, in a car, up against the minibar - he's the bomb.

Most alluring as... Jason Bourne in The Bourne Identity, hesitantly getting together with Marie in a Parisian hotel room.

Interests include... Being awesome, being left-wing, supporting charities that fight AIDS and poverty, sending himself up on various TV shows.
21. Leonardo DiCaprio

Poor old Leonardo DiCaprio. After Titanic forced teen heartthrob status on him he spent 12 years trying to distance himself from his own sex appeal - and here he is on another Sexiest list. Still, he can take comfort from the fact that we all regard him as a Serious Actor as well as wanting to jump his bones.

Most alluring as... Danny Archer in Blood Diamond. Despite the Afrikaans accent and little beard, it's the combination of tortured conscience and bad-boy edge that does it.

Interests include... Saving the world: DiCaprio's a keen environmentalist and campaigned for Al Gore's Presidential campaign on that basis.
18. Orlando Bloom

He got his big break as the unfortunately wigged Legolas in Lord of the Rings, but even under half a ton of prosthetic peroxided locks he still melted hearts as the impossibly cool Elf warrior. Tall, slim and awfully, awfully pretty, Orly's beginning to look less like a cover star on Lisa Simpson's Non-Threatening Boys Magazine and more like a hot actor it's OK to fancy.

Most alluring as... Balian in Kingdom of Heaven, just for the bit at the smithy where he reveals that he's grown some muscles on his once elfishly lean physique. Gosh.

Interests include... Bungee-jumping, surfing, skydiving and anything else that offers him the chance to break his back, ribs, legs, arms, wrist, nose, finger, skull or toe. Again.
17. Paul Newman

Probably one of the best-looking men ever to grace the silver screen, Paul Newman had the complete package: talent, intelligence, a pleasantly take-no-shit attitude towards fame and fortune, a heck of a salad dressing recipe and the love of a good woman. He will be sadly missed.

Most alluring as... Cool Hand Luke of course; the famous blue eyes never looking brighter. But really, we'd take him in practically anything. Well, maybe not Cars. That'd be weird and wrong.

Interests included... Car racing, cooking and charity work - the latter two of which he cleverly combined in the sauce range that raised over $270m to date.
16. Jake Gyllenhaal

He won everyone over as the awkward but magnetic Donnie Darko, but since then he's grown into true leading man territory, mixing great performances in artier fare like Brokeback Mountain and Zodiac with big blockbusters like The Day After Tomorrow and the forthcoming Prince of Persia.

Most alluring as... Well, we're actually partial to his wow-biceps, sparkly dressed rendition of Dreamgirls' And I Am Telling You, which he performed on Saturday Night Live (sadly no longer online). Otherwise, his somewhat nekkid turn in Jarhead.

Interests include... Gyllenhaal's a keen cook and is reportedly planning to open his own organic restaurant.
15. Zac Efron

People who have never seen a Zac Efron movie tend to hate him, but if you actually see him do his thing he's well-nigh irresistible. He has a real knack for playing the popular, attractive high-school jock and still being likeable, and then there's the six-pack, dancing ability and willingness to sing about his feelings, bless 'im.

Most alluring as... Mike O'Donnell in 17 Again, leavening the boyish charm with some older, world-weariness. A hint of the Efron to come.

Interests include... Collecting autographed baseballs, watching Flight of the Conchords and reading manga and comic books.
14. Heath Ledger

There was more to Heath Ledger than the grinning anarchist in The Dark Knight. He could play innocent and bookish (The Brothers Grimm), tortured (Brokeback Mountain), cocky (10 Things I Hate About You, A Knight's Tale) or, well, psychotic (guess who?). But with a smile a mile wide and eyes blazing with mischief, he was always attractive.

Most alluring as... We're going to plump for his golden-haired, light-hearted turn in A Knight's Tale - but does anyone else quite fancy him in drag as a redheaded nurse in The Dark Knight?

Interests included... Hockey, cricket and snowboarding.
11. Ryan Reynolds

He's impossibly handsome, he's nice, he's funny as hell and he's the best thing in virtually every film he makes: the fact that Ryan Reynolds isn't top of the A-list continues to amaze us. But he's getting there: every sheepish grin, snappy remark and flash of his insanely sculpted six-pack bringing him that little bit closer.

Most alluring as... Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity, for being the only thing that makes the film worth watching, getting his top off and delivering what is hands-down the film's best line and one of cinema's most creative expletives.

Interests include... Being married to Scarlett Johansson. Also travelling, supporting the Green Bay Packers and riding motorcycles.
9. James McAvoy

He's a bit short and not as chiselled as others here, but there's a reason that James McAvoy is in high demand as a romantic lead, and that's because he's smart, funny, geeky (see his Empire award win for Best Sci-Fi/Superhero last year), has that awesome Glaswegian accent and is very dashing when he puts his mind to it. And he's got a fine line in movie-star kisses too.

Most alluring as... We're going for Becoming Jane's Tom Lefroy; like Mr Darcy with a bad-boy edge and a fondness for boxing.

Interests include... Reading sci-fi, watching Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek.7. George Clooney

Impossibly handsome, charming and debonair, Clooney is this generation's Cary Grant, Gregory Peck and Clark Gable all rolled into one. He's intensely smart, very funny and political. It's the half-grin and the glint in the eye that kills, and the sense that somewhere, deep down, he's laughing at his own sex symbol status.

Most alluring as... Everett in O Broth- JUST KIDDING! It's got to be Jack Foley in Out Of Sight, chatting up Jennifer Lopez in a hotel bar.

Interests include... Urging the UN to act over the Darfur Crisis, raising money for victims of Hurricane Katrina, riding his motorbike, hanging at his Lake Como pad: just normal stuff.
6. Hugh Jackman

OK, tall: check. Dark, handsome: likewise. Smart, funny, self-deprecating, able to sing, able to dance, having muscly arms: check, check, check, you betcha, sure thing and no kidding. Devoted husband and father, reputedly nicest man in Hollywood: present and correct. We're sure he has an unattractive quality in there somewhere; we're just not sure what it is.

Most alluring as... Hands down, no question, Wolverine. Probably in the first X-Men. Claws, a tempestuous nature masking a soft heart and superhuman stamina: ladies?

Interests include... Acting, singing and dancing on stage. Jackman likes to tread the boards once every five years (at least) to keep his hand in.
5. Christian Bale

As impossibly chiselled as Depp, as intense as Sean Penn, Christian Bale brings equal commitment to playing a superhero, a dragon-fighter or a psycho. It seems like every role involves him getting shirtless at some point, but that's OK because 99.9% of the man-fancying population supports such a contractual demand entirely. The other 0.1% would have, but they accidentally watched The Machinist.

Most alluring as... It's a toss up: doing topless press-ups as Bruce Wayne or wielding a pickaxe and getting grubby as Quinn in Reign of Fire.

Interests include... Bale rescued two stray dogs and three stray cats and spends quite a bit of time supporting charities, especially animal charities. He's also an accomplished equestrian.
4. Brad Pitt

The only thing holding Brad Pitt back from the top spot is that he's so good-looking it's almost off-putting. Even with that horrendous Inglourious Basterds moustache, he was still approximately 1000% times better looking than any of the rest of us will ever be on our best hair day ever. And as one-eighth of the most photogenic family ever to grace the Earth, he's showing no signs of fading.

Most alluring as... So many to choose from, but there's a great moment in Legends of the Fall where he looks up from under a tipped cowboy hat and you can actually hear female jaws hit the floor.

Interests include... Aside from flying planes, supporting charities and playing guitar, he's also an architecture and design nut. Yes, even his hobbies are devastatingly sexy.
3. Robert Downey Jr.

The perennial comeback kid, Downey Jr. has finally delivered on the promise he's always shown and turned into a major movie star - one of the biggest, following the one-two shot of Iron Man and Tropic Thunder. And he's aging well too: overly-pretty as a younger man, he's now such an undeniable fox that there are few straight men who'd even try to deny it. Admit it: you even loved him in the least PC-role ever as Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder.

Most alluring as... Tony Stark / Iron Man, all cocky self-confidence masking deep vulnerability wrapped up in (importantly) a penchant for wearing tight vests.

Interests include... He worked with sometime-director and artist Sam Taylor Wood on an art video piece called Pieta.
2. Robert Pattinson

A recent addition to "Sexiest" lists everywhere, Robert Pattinson and his messy mane have won hearts all over the world with his turn as veggie vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga. Those over 25 may roll their eyes, but the combination of plum roles in hit novels (see also: Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), a posh accent, musical ability and that enormous haystack on his head means half the teenage world adores him.

Most alluring as... Gotta be Edward Cullen, with all that restrained passion and the penchant for melting glances.

Interests include... He's also a talented pianist and guitarist, and contributed tracks to the Twilight soundtrack.
1. Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp first topped an Empire sexiest poll waaaaay back in 1995, but it appears that age cannot wither his appeal. He has the cheekbones and looks of a matinee idol, but the killer stroke that won everyone's hearts is the fact that he prefers to play weirdoes and oddballs - and, as Cap'n Jack Sparrow, he's hilarious too. Long may he reign.

Most alluring as... Cast your mind back to his role as Don Juan De Marco (1994), complete with open white shirt, billowing hair and suggestive hand caresses.

Interests include... Co-owning a restaurant called Man Ray (after the artist) in Paris with Sean Penn and John Malkovich. Although he reputedly once blamed a trashed hotel room on an armadillo that emerged from the wardrobe, went berserk and then jumped out the window, and we like to think that stories like that remain an interest of his".

Inexcusable omissions in this list (among many others):

Joseph Gordon-Levitt.Emile Hirsch.Bruce Willis.


Layne said...

Fascinating list. My own personal top three would be Russell Crowe (cannot believe he's not in there!), Christian Bale, and Johnny Depp.

As an aside, I also find it hard to believe that Robert Redford's not included anywhere.

Kendra said...

welcome to Weirdland, Layne!!

the Empire list isn't bad although they missed out Robert Redford, Montgomery Clift, Steve McQueen, Emile Hirsch and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Taylor Lautner doesn't do for me and I'rather see Bruce Willis over others too.

good luck with your blogs of Christian Bale and Russell Crowe :)