Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Ultimate in Cocky-Hot

Who is it: James Spader in Pretty in Pink?


Or Jeff Bridges in Against All Odds?


Tough call, but given the option I think I'd want to bone James Spader but marry Jeff Bridges. Which is interesting, because Bridges is objectively hotter (the bod!), he just lacks that true asshole edge.

This is as good a time as any to tell you all how much I love the theme song from Against All Odds. Seriously, I could listen to this all day:

40 comments:

  1. I'm afraid you've picked two of my massive long-time crushes. But I'd take:

    James Spader in White Palace

    and

    Jeff Bridges in Rancho Delux.

    Jeff Bridges in anything, at any age, actually.

    I came really, really close with my boyfriend in snagging Jeff Bridges. For better and worst. I even got the coloring right. And he knows that's the only reason I'm still with him. ;)

    Best cocky hot: Sean Bean in Lady Chatterley, Marlon Brando in everything before 1966, Kris Kristofferson in Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, Ken Kesey as himself, and Rufus Sewell in everything, everything, everything. Yow.

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  2. I haven't seen any of the things you named. Oh my! My work is cut out for me. But you've reminded me of Paul Newman in The Sting -- he's pretty cocky-hot in that.

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  3. Spader. Sigh... I love him deeply. I even love Robert California.

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  4. JoanElaine is a woman after my own heart...I'll take James Spader every time! There is just something very sensual and sexy about him, and for me it doesn't matter what era Spader it is.

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  5. I just loooooove that linen suit he wears.

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  6. Brooklyn, You and I have the same tastes! Those two are also my biggest Hollywood crushes. These days I focus on Bridges rather than Spader in general because he's done so much great work on the big screen in the last few years. Another one who isn't classically good looking but who I also follow is John Cusack. Got hooked early with The Sure Thing and Say Anything

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  7. I never saw this movies so I wasn't aware Jeff Bridges was such a hunk. :)
    I mean, he's great now but when I saw this pic, OMG, what a body!

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  8. Ines, right?? A far cry from The Big Lebowski, or that one where he plays the drunk country singer.

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  9. what are you saying about TBL.

    never thought of paul newman as cocky in the sting.

    what no clooney or pitt?

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  10. Maybe I'm misremembering. A better example of cocky-hot is Hugh Laurie as House.

    I've never though Brad Pitt was all that sexy. He's too much of a high-school girl's idea of attractive, maybe.

    As for Clooney ... he's cocky-hot, definitely, just not the ULTIMATE for me.

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  11. PN is kind of cocky (i would say just confident) but he is also sweet so to me it cancels.

    Angelina ain't no HS girl but I get your point, seems like 30+ women always prefer Cloon-dawg. I can understand that, but as a dude Pitt seems like more fun guy to hang out with.

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  12. No, Angelina is a human praying mantis.

    Sure, Pitt is probably more fun, but that's a different kind of hot. The only movie I can think of where he does the cocky-hot thing well is Thelma and Louise.

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  13. praying mantis, like personality-wise? haha

    okay i am chalking the cocky thing up to differences perception cause i don't remember Pitt being cocky in T&L either. (isn't he sort of sweet and innocent?) goes to show... somethin.

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  14. More like PREYING mantis, Oh! I meant physically mostly. She's an alien.

    Innocent? He robs them, remember? The part where he describes how he holds up convenience stores is definitely cocky, but he definitely is doing the arrogant asshole thing a la James Spader.

    Maybe we need a new category: mean-hot.

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  15. *Sorry, I meant "definitely is NOT doing"...

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  16. indeed she is an unusual specimen.

    oh yeah he robbed them. but i mean he's naive + childlike. maybe his character just seemed so young that you're kind of like "aw isn't that cute" as opposed to with House who really comes off as yeah a cocky a~~h~~~. i guess i don't remember that well, i mean T&L, Legends of the Fall, it's all a blur haha.

    mean-hot i interpret to be like bad-guy-hot.

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  17. Maybe "mean-hot" is too vague -- House is mean and hot but not a typical bad boy, which makes me think of like, motorcycle dudes. Though I guess House does have a motorcycle? Hmmmm

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  18. dude you are obsessed with mr laurie, it can only come to no good.

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  19. He's the best!!!!

    House is coming to an end, though, so I'll have to find another outlet for my affections.

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  20. Who is Brad Pitt or whoever else?
    There was noone that handsome as Jeff Bridges back then. (Good actor too.!)He is 'til this day a kind of archetype in my mind as a young man or as ... grandpa.

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  21. Dude your Alec Baldwin crush is out of control.

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  22. he's cooler than friggin' house.

    conclusion: chicks dig jerks, dudes dig funnymen.

    jim carey? will arnett!

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  23. He's kind of old and bloated is all.

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  24. yeah he filled out. it makes him more funny and bearlike and lovable.

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  25. It's not the filling out that turns me off (James Spader bloated up, too)- it's his face-lift-stiffness! :(

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  26. alec baldwin got a facelift? did now know that...

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  27. an old alec baldwin movie was on the tv the other night. he looked like billy baldwin. he was the billy baldwin of the 80s (?)

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  28. I always thought Stephen was the hot Baldwin...

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  29. I thought Billy Baldwin was hot for about 40 minutes in the 90s. Creepy-hot.

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  30. i want to reference sliver, but i can't talk about that movie without feeling like i'm doing something illegal and wrong. i was ~12 and i'll leave it at that

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  31. I vote for the JB picture--better bod yepyep, and a kind of almost icy smugness. The other dude looks a touch too well-fed in the face---which is really mean of me but, hey, what are media figures for if not to obnoxiously lambast?!

    I really appreciate your exploration of the point that there's a rather high degree of consistency in what gets labeled maximally desirable. I'm pretty sure any media critique needs to really work within this mire before a replacement will/can emerge. It so often seems critiques of aesthetic conventions are so utterly smug and happy to act like viewers and consumers are just utterly at the mercy of studios, that there's no connections between these aesthetics and the populoation at-large. I get very suspicious about critiques where the problem is always someone else, some evil at a great distance.

    I agree that the media--the mass media--is not without its problems, but it sometimes seems like people are implying that it's the ultimate problem--and I wonder if this has more to do with the anti bodies in media argument, at this point in discourse, being very, very easy to wage--at-least in many sectors of this country.

    I think all I mean is I'd love to see this line o' anger bring in much more disparate material, and try to link these phenomena to ones which may not seem closely related. Yep-yep, that's what I want: an argument which does not appear relatively static over several decades. Or am I being abratty jaded audience?

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  32. waitaminute was the original post even making any sort of argument/statement, i thought she was just checkin these dudes out.

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  33. Good Lord. I turn around for a minute (okay, a week or so) and here you are talking about boning James Spader.

    Which I admit is only making me uncomfortable because I watched Pretty in Pink with my teenage daughter just last week. (I will take the Duckster, thank you. Wrap him to go.)

    My pick for Cocky-Hot is, always, Harrison Ford as Han Solo. I know, predictable. Don't care.

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  34. Heh. You know, I don't think I really appreciated James Spader when I first saw the movie -- though I did have a crush on the Bender character in The Breakfast Club, who is also a cocky jerk.

    My boyfriend has a similar nose to Harrison Ford, though not *quite* as fleshy or noticeably crooked.

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  35. I love a prominent nose on a guy. I notice that all the actors I find most physically appealing have distinctive noses: Harrison. Matthew Modine. Jonathan Silverman. (The young) William Shatner. Matthew Macfadyen.

    I don't *think* that's about sex. It might be about strength, or character, or masculinity... so maybe it IS about sex after all.

    The CEO has a distinctly large nose himself.

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  36. My sizably-nosed fellow loves big noses (on women) himself, the more out there the better. I don't have a large nose, really, but I do have a prominent bump on my bridge (as highlighted in this exact profile shot by a friend of ours: http://www.flickr.com/photos/loriellenp/2376753742/in/faves-7828131@N08/)

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  37. Two of my favorites, but I will always choose James Spader!

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