Top 12 Actors Xenia Finds Handsomest

This post was inspired by fellow blogger Hamlette’s Soliloquy.  You can see her top handsomest actors HERE.

Okay, let’s get started.  Here are my top twelve handsomest actors.

1. Richard Armitage

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2. Richard Armitage

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3. Richard Armitage

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4. Richard Armitage

Thorin Oakenshield

5. Richard Armitage

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VOD Harry Kennedy

7. Richard Armitage

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8. Richard Armitage

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9. Richard Armitage

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10. Richard Armitage

Lucas North
11. Richard Armitage

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12. Hugh Jackman

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Well, there you have it.  Who are your top twelve most handsome actors?

My Pick of Handsome Men

Handsome men mosaicI was inspired to write this post after reading a blog post over at Me + Richard Armitage titled OT: Cumberbatch shirt disaster.  You can read it HERE.    I was reading some of the comments and a few people talked about Benedict Cumberbatch having a female following of his own.  I never would have thought Benedict Cumberbatch had a swarm of female fans who think of him the way women think about Richard Armitage.  I do not see Benedict Cumberbatch in that way at all; not in the least.  That is not to say that there is anything wrong with Benedict Cumberbatch.  I do not like to speak in negative terms about how people naturally look because it is very mean-spirited.  There may be instances where a person will not look their best because of the clothes they are wearing, or the hairstyle may not be complimentary, or maybe it is the lighting that may make a person look washed out and scary looking.  I have made remarks about things like that.  But to make remarks about a person’s natural-born physical attributes is a whole other story.  Besides, I think that everyone can find someone out there who thinks they are the most beautiful or the most handsome person.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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This is certainly not the most flattering photo of Benedict Cumberbatch..

 

This is a better photo of Benedict Cumberbatch.  Notice the lighter hair color.

This is a better photo of Benedict Cumberbatch. Notice the lighter hair color.

 

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This is an even better photograph of Benedict Cumberbatch. Notice the lighter hair color.

No matter how I slice it though, I don’t see Benedict Cumberbatch the way I see Richard Armitage.   After reading the post over at Me + Richard Armitage I started to think about the men who do inspire me and what if anything those men have in common.  I came up with the men in the mosaic photo on top.  They are Ross Arne Naess, Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Idris Elba, Richard Armitage, Blair Underwood, Tyler Perry and Lamman Rucker.  All except one are over 40.

Ross Naess

Ross Naess

There are very few photos of Ross Naess online.  Most of the photos that I could find has him standing with his famous family.  Ross Naess is the eldest son of singer Diana Ross.  Of course his father is the late shipping tycoon Arne Naess.  Tracee Ellis Ross is his sister.  There is something about this young man who stands out from the rest.  There is a “presence” about him that is very endearing.

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Ross Naess standing with his mother Diana Ross, sister Tracee, brother Evan and seated is his sister Chudney.

 

Diana Ross and Arness Naess wedding in 1986.  Ross Arnaess was born the follwoing year.

Diana Ross and Arness Naess wedding in 1986. Ross Arne Naess was born the following year.

 

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Diana Ross and Arne Naess were married for 14 years.

 

Ross on  the right with his brother Evan.

Ross on the right with his brother Evan.  Evan is handsome too.

To me Ross Naess looks very much like his father.  He also got some of his mother’s coloring and coily hair.  What a great combination.  Ross has such an interesting look.

Evan Olaf Naess and Ross Naess.

Evan Olaf Naess and Ross Naess.

Evan, Diana Ross and Ross Naess.

Evan, Diana Ross and Ross Naess.

There is just something about Ross Naess……

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Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

If you have been keeping up with my blog you already know about my new-found admiration for Hugh Jackman.  It isn’t only that he is handsome.  I am so attracted to the fact that Hugh loves and values his wife and children and was mature enough at age 26 to fall love with a 39-year-old and marry her.

Jack the Man!

Jack the Man!

 

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington to me is classy and classic.  Denzel is also a family man who has been married to his wife Pauletta since 1983.  To me Denzel is aging like fine wine as well.

DenzelWashingtonI first saw Denzel Washington in a play called Checkmate in New York City.  Denzel was not very well-known at the time.   I remember the play not being all that great, but Denzel did a wonderful job in his role.  Denzel is not tall at all, but handsome all the same.

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Idris Elba

Idris Elba

I first saw actor Idris Elba in 2007 in one of Tyler Perry’s movies.  Idris was born and raised in London, England.  His father is from Sierra Leone and his mother is from Ghana.  Idris is 6’3″ tall.  He seems to be a nice guy and he is definitely a very good actor.

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Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage

Of course this list would not be complete without Richard Armitage.  Nothing more needs to be said.  You already know how I feel about him. (smile)

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Blair Underwood

Blair Underwood

I first saw Blair Underwood many years ago on the soap opera One Life to Live.  This was back when you hardly ever saw African-Americans on soap operas.  Blair played a seedy character named Bobby Blue.  I was so excited to see a black actor on the show, but I was not too excited that he was playing a thug.  I thought it was so stereotypical at the time.  Never the less I thought Blair was so good-looking and still do.  Blair Underwood is now 48 years old and he is certainly aging well.   I had a crush on Blair for quite some time.

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Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry may be a surprising choice to some, but I love me some Tyler Perry.  To me Tyler is unconventionally handsome.  Like the other men, Tyler also seems to be a genuinely nice person.  I had an enormous crush on Tyler for years until Richard Armitage came along and knocked Tyler off that pedestal and replaced him.   At 6’5″ tall Tyler is taller than Richard,  Tyler also has a really deep and distinctive voice that I love listening to.  I admire the fact that Tyler was able to transcend his very troubled childhood and accomplish many amazing things.  This man is quite an inspiration.

Tyler as Madea

Tyler as Madea

In case you have been living on a another planet, Tyler Perry rose to fame when he made up the Madea character and played her himself.  Madea is short for mother dear or ma dear.  Madea is funny and I really enjoyed the character for a long time.  I think it is time for Tyler to retire the Madea character though.  For me Madea is played out now.  I love that Tyler has been mostly portraying other characters in his recent movies.

tyler-perry-birthday1Tyler is a writer, actor, producer and director.  He also built his own film studios in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tyler was recently on the cover of Essence Magazined with his freidn Oprah Winfrey.

Tyler was recently on the cover of Essence Magazine with his friend Oprah Winfrey.

 

Lammam Rucker

Lammam Rucker

I don’t know a whole lot about Lamman Rucker.  I first saw him in 2010 in a Tyler Perry movie called Why Did I Get Married.  At first sight I said to myself he is a hunk.  I think that Lamman has unforgettable good looks.  At 6’3″ tall Lamman is also right in step with the other tall men that I admire.

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I would love to hear about the men who inspire you and why.  For me it is a combination of many things, not just their good looks, but also their personalities and values.  Also for me there is a “presence” about them that stands out among the rest.

Hugh Jackman on 60 Minutes

Hugh Jackman on 60 minutesWow, the only negative I have to say about this DVD is that the interview with Hugh Jackman was not long enough.  The interview aired on CBS on December 9, 2012.  You can tell from Jackman’s hair and beard that he was getting ready to film another movie as Wolverine.  The interview took place in Australia and that is where Wolverine was being filmed.

The DVD costs too much money for such a short interview.  I paid $17.95 in Amazon,  I think that it should not be more than $9.95.  I am glad that I purchased it though.  I loved hearing Hugh talk about growing up and his family.  Also, the only time that he decided not to listen to his wife is when she told him not to do Wolverine.

60 minutes hugh jackmanJackman gets very emotional when talking about his father and what he taught him.  It’s about family and nothing else is more important than that.

hugh jackman 60 minutesHugh Jackman also talks about the time he starred on stage as the late entertainer Peter Allen who was gay.

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Deborra-Lee must be very short. She is wearing such thick wedge heels and is still considerable shorter than Hugh.

Deborra-Lee is briefly interviewed and she is obviously very much in love with her husband and I don’t blame her one bit.  Deborra-Lee has a winner.   The Jackman’s are a beautiful couple and I have so much respect for them both.  Hugh and Deborra-Lee are devoted to each other and work never comes before their family life.  If Hugh is working a project that will take him away from their home in New York for more than two weeks, he moves his entire family with him to the location.   Deborra-Lee and their children recently spent six months in Australia where Hugh was filming.   The Jackman’s do not like being away from each other and I kind of envy that because I have not yet met the man who I want to be with that much.  I have been in love before, but simply have not met the man who I can see myself joined at the hip with forsaking all others for all eternity.  I will never give up on that dream though.

Deborra-Lee is in her late 50’s and you can see it around her eyes and mouth, but she still looks great.  I noticed that at 44 Hugh already has similar lines around his eyes.  His beard also has grey in it so he is not looking much younger than his wife.  Don’t get me wrong though, Hugh never-the-less is looking darned good and is still a hunk.

Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes news program did a wonderful job interviewing Hugh Jackman and his wife.  I just wish it was longer.

Best Kisser Award Goes To……..

NandSPromo28Hands down the awards goes to Richard Crispin Armitage.  I have been comparing Hugh Jackman to RA’s onscreen kisses.  I was watching Jackman’s kisses in Kate & Leopold, Australia and last night in the movie Someone Like You.   So far from what I have seen Jackman does not have it down.  I am actually very disappointed.  Jack the Man, if you are reading this you had better learn to pucker those lips of yours better than that.  I know that you only want to kiss Deborra-Lee, but you are an actor and I expect you to be able to pull off onscreen kisses that will curl everyone’s toes.

Hugh Jackman 3Listen up pookie.  What is the use of looking this good if you cannot give an unforgettable kiss onscreen?  You better watch the ending of North & South and practice.  You can watch anything of RA’s and see skillful kissing every time.

Armitage and Jackman Running Neck & Neck

Jackman and ArmitageI have been paying attention to my blog statistics since I started blogging about Hugh Jackman.  My top posts have always been about Richard Armitage for the most part.   Armitage was also tops when it came to keywords and phrases that people were typing in and led them to my blog.   Since I began to blog about Hugh Jackman he has mixed things up a bit.   My top posts are about Armitage and Jackman now mostly.  Both of these men rule when it comes to key word referrals too.  Some days Armitage ranks number one for the day with Hugh Jackman at number two.   Others days it is switched around with Jackman at the top referral keyword and phrases for the day.

When I scroll down to see what other keywords or phrases that people are typing in it always includes something like Richard Armitage naked or Richard Armitage nude.  There are a lot of people out there searching the internet every day looking for nude pictures of Richard.  Another phrase that shows up daily is Richard Armitage girlfriend and Richard Armitage personal life.  People are trying to found out what is up with Richard.   I don’t see any other phrases coming in for Hugh Jackman.  It is only his name that is being typed in search engines.  Jackman is being searched out a lot as well though.

On Pinterest people are in love with both men.  In case you missed my Richard Armitage Pinterest page click HERE to view it.   For my newly created Hugh Jackman page click HERE.

As far as I am concerned both men are FABULOUS!!!

Richard Armitage Wants to Breakout

London-14I am DELIGHTED to read that my favorite British actor wants to expand his “depth of field”.  I have blogged on here before and commented on other blogs about how I feel that Richard Armitage is painting himself into a corner with the type of roles he has been choosing to play over the past several years.  All of the roles that Richard has taken on were characters that are involved in violence and carried weapons.  There is Captain Ian Macalwain, Guy of Gisborne, Lucas North, John Porter Heinz Kruger and now Thorin Oakensheid.  I fear that if Richard keeps up this trend he will typecast himself and limit how directors view him as an actor.  Yes, there is no doubt that Richard is fantastic in all of these roles, but quite frankly, I am about ready to scream watching Richard pull out weapons, look mean and hollering onscreen.

Here is what Richard said in a recent interview about the roles he has been playing:

“I’d like to act in a film without special effects. I’ve spent the past two years in a special FX environment for The Hobbit. I also need to find something where I’m not fighting or inflicting violence on someone, as a lot of the roles I’ve had, such as Lucas North in Spooks and Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood, have involved that. I don’t know why that’s been the case.”  

Well, amen hallelujah!  I didn’t think that Richard was taking note of this, but I am glad to learn that I was wrong.  If you have been following my blog for any length of time you know how I feel about films filled with violence, no matter who is starring in them.  There is enough of that crap on the six o’clock news with me having to watch it in films too.  Not that I watch the news because I don’t for that very reason.  I refuse to fill my consciousness with that kind of stuff.  When I saw The Hobbit I loved Richard in it, but I was GLAD when the movie was over.  And I am not going to  see The Hobbit two and three.  I will wait until they are on Netflix or Amazon and then I can fast forward when the violent scenes start.    I am completely bowled over by Richard Armitage, but I am not willing to go against my grain in the process.  If Richard happened to be my husband then yes, I would be a very supportive wife and go to see everything he is in, but since he isn’t I’m not.

Richard, I can answer that question you asked during the interview.  Well, it wasn’t really a question, but more like a statement.  You don’t know why that has been the case?  Because you agreed to play those roles.  Your career will go in whatever direction you choose to take it.   See how easy that was?  We are always in the driver’s seat and the architects of our lives’ even when we are in denial of it.

I look forward to the movie Black Sky and I do hope that things are straightened out with the production company soon.  I am still waiting for my copy of “Staged” as of this post.

I have to admit that I am not really into the whole Richard III thing.  I know that it is important to RA and I am very happy for him from that standpoint, but personally I am not into it.  I do hope that Richard gets all the financial backing required to make the Richard III project a successful reality.

I would love to see Richard in some more period dramas, some romantic comedy or a straight up dramatic role.  I would love to see Richard in a remake of Bringing Up Baby or La Belle et La Bete.   There is a lot of great literature out there that would be wonderful to see interpreted onto the silver screen.  If Richard was much younger I would have loved to see him play the part of Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables.

To read the rest of Richard’s interview click HERE.