Friday, January 04, 2008

The Final Four: ERIC BANA

Eric Bana. Here's someone I'd never thought much of before... someone who I would once have described as "boring" next to the likes of Hugh Jackman (dripping with charisma) or Viggo Mortensen (raw animal magnetism), not to mention Jake G. But here he is, having bested ALL of them, suddenly looking like the frontrunner in this way-too-long-gestating affair. And you know what? I'm starting to see why.

Bana's not loud and flashy, he's not known for nudity or gay characters, he doesn't do the "smouldering evil" thing, he doesn't sing, etc. But he has his charms. For one, he's very tall, like moi. He's also seriously built, has thick, beautiful dark hair that works well both short and long, can pull off facial hair, and has a very pretty face on which to grow it. And where others have awkward cuteness, aggressive sexuality, or intense mystery, Bana has quiet charm, a lot of class, and a lovely serenity and vulnerability that bely his stature. He's a gentle giant. In short: I'm starting to see what all the fuss is about. This guy's got the goods.

Can he go all the way? That's up to you.

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Anonymous jessica said...

Nice to see you coming around. ;) I think you described him quite nicely.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see you've seen the light.

EB has never played a gay character in a film, but he is due to voice the gay lover of the main character in a full length animation about a New Zealand sheep farmer (this is not a joke - I promise). The film will be by the guy who did Harvie Crumpet (2004 Oscar for best short).

OK - so not quite up there with Jake G.'s role in Brokeback Mountain, but I thought I would mention it.

6:57 PM  

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