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Subject:Revenge of the Nerds!!
Time:09:57 pm
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Saw this in the Night & Day mag - it comes with the Mail on Sunday here in the UK. It mentions Elijah - I thought it was quite interesting:

"REVENGE OF THE NERDS

Soft cheeks, limp bodies,little-boy-lost eyes... Not attributes you'd expect of your leading men. The criteria for that accolade should be square jaws, strapping bodies and seductive gazes that send women weak at the knees. Well, you'd be wrong. The days of the Hollywood hunk are gone.

Now its the turn of the anti-hunks. Lanky Leonardo DiCaprio, intense Toby Maguire, mellow Johnny Depp, pretty boy Orlando Bloom, introverted Joaquin Phoenix, innocent Elijah Wood.. And, most of all, laconic Jake Gyllenhaal.

These are the actors who have snapped up all the juicy roles of late. They've sent old-timers Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone scurrying into alternative careers and made fortysomethings Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt look a sad tale. Lets face it, Collateral and Troy didn’t exactly have us glued to the screens.

We no longer want our heroes served up Eighties-style with pecs bigger than their brains; or a la Nineties, when hunks had looks dished out by the gods. The new generation of screen idols are quirky boy-next-door types – albeit good-looking ones. They’ve taken their cues from American everyman Jimmy Stewart and added a pinch of James Dean’s sexual ambiguity and a smidgen of Marlon Brando’s inner angst.

‘The Eighties were an aberration’, says Gilles Bensimon, head of American Elle. ‘The one-dimensional action heroes were a response to the fears generated by the Cold War and Vietnam. It wasn’t realistic, just escapism from difficult times. The Nineties were about aspiration and pampering, the polished visual perfection of Brad Pitt and Keanu Reeves. Beauty rather than brawn. Now we are seeing a return to the Hollywood of old, of the complex, multi-dimensional characters played by Cary Grant, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford.

Others attribute the rise of the anti-hunk to the rise of the feminised male, the metrosexual; and still others to the fact that women make many of the casting decisions these days. Whatever the reasons for the shift, the number of films this cabal of young actors is making, and the revenues they generate, suggests that they will have a stranglehold on Hollywood’s plum roles for some time."

It went on to say more about some of the actors named, but didn’t mention Elijah again.

So… a metrosexual, anti-hunk!??
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aquila0212
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Time:2005-02-14 10:07 pm (UTC)
Darlin, you MUST go post that at the Faculty!
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not_alone
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Time:2005-02-14 10:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, I will, definitely. I might have to wait til there's a few more posts though - I've just posted about something else & I don't think you're allowed consecutive posts:)
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aquila0212
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Time:2005-02-14 10:14 pm (UTC)
You can edit your standing post and include it, if you wish. Considering the conversation there the last few days, the Faculty members could use the pick-me-up.
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evening_emerald
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Time:2005-02-14 10:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, I loved this!!!

They’ve taken their cues from American everyman Jimmy Stewart and added a pinch of James Dean’s sexual ambiguity and a smidgen of Marlon Brando’s inner angst.
Three of my all-time favorite actors!

Now we are seeing a return to the Hollywood of old, of the complex, multi-dimensional characters played by Cary Grant, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford.
YES! Can you tell I am a classic film fan?

They hit it right on the nose: "complex, multi-dimensional characters" not "one-dimensional action heroes." I am saving this article!
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primula_baggins
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Time:2005-02-14 11:49 pm (UTC)
It's about time. We need more Jimmy Stewart's again and fewer Arnold Schwarzeneggers. I love our wee, sensitive men!

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frodoholic
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Time:2005-02-15 03:47 am (UTC)
This is a terrific article! I would take Elijah over Arnold or Stallone any day.

I have never been one to go for Macho men. Bulging muscles-yuk.

"Now we are seeing a return to the Hollywood of old, of the complex, multi-dimensional characters played by Cary Grant, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford."

YES! And there is not a dang thing wrong with that. Elijah is very complex and beautiful as well.
Thanks for posting this.. at first when I first started reading it I thought it was going to be insulting, but actually there is a lot of truth here.

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gia21ca
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Time:2005-02-17 01:11 am (UTC)
I would take Elijah over any of those guys any day!!
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grean
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Time:2005-04-03 02:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this. I followed a link to your journal and found this.
Wonderful article.
Recent reviews have likened Elijah to actors like James Cagney and Mikey Rooney and I couldn't be happier to hear more of this thinking.
Tired of empty eyes and mumbled lines by pretty vacant faces.
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