Of all the harsh realities made clear by the gender gap, perhaps the truest is that – as of this Friday – girlfriends everywhere will be dragged reluctantly to see The Hobbit. This time, however, Peter Jackson’s journey through Middle Earth has been stripped of its eye-candy, swapping Orlando Bloom and Viggo Mortensen for a handful of dwarves, Dr. Watson and a geezer. While the movie will no doubt be epic, the real scenery will undoubtedly be just that: the actual scenery.
All of which made us consider just how many dramatic, respected and handsome leading men – prime examples of non-nerd masculinity – actually made some of their biggest breakthroughs in sci-fi, fantasy and all-around geek adventures. Read on to find out…
Many of the actors on Celebuzz’ list certainly had credits prior to their turns in fantasy films – Mortensen worked steadily as a supporting player for more than a decade before striking paydirt with the Lord of the Rings series, for example.
And although many of them have gone on to even greater glories, they first became popular in the public consciousness because of these projects. On the other hand, some of them may never surpass the success they enjoyed with these films and film series. But as cinephiles and avid filmgoers, we’re only too happy to celebrate – and maybe in a few cases, reintroduce – the sci-fi-, horror and fantasy films that helped the world fall in love with them.
Which of these hunks is your favorite — or which appeared in your favorite fantasy film? Keep the discussion going in the comments section after watching the theatrical trailer for The Hobbit below!
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Stacy Keiblerspun a wheel of chance this week in NYC and, in the process, only proved she’s hotter than the rest of us. That lucky Clooney.
Gabrielle Union, meanwhile, celebrated her 40th birthday in the Big Apple with a bash that may have required guests to be proofed — and that was just because of the appetizer and dessert. Blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol.
Want more details on these celebrity sightings – and many more? Join us as we go beyond the velvet rope – and see all the action in our photo gallery!
THE WHO: Stacy Keibler
THE WHAT: Spinning the “Our Runway” wheel – and landing on “Smokin’ Hot,” of course
THE WHERE: The NYC launch of “Our Runway,” the first online social shopping platform that allows women to rent looks based on user-generated photos of other women with similar body types
WHY WE WISH WE WERE THERE: The wheel doesn’t lie.
THE WHO: Gorgeous Gabrielle Union
THE WHAT: Celebrating the big 4-0 with a special dinner and Courvoisier Gold cocktails
THE WHERE: PH-D at Dream Downtown in NYC
WHY WE WISH WE WERE THERE: The meal included a salad and devil’s food cake that were both made with Courvoisier Gold. And frankly, we’d pour it on our morning cereal if we could.
THE WHAT: Being a walking Gap billboard. She went Gap shopping with son Deacon on a Friday, then spent the weekend modeling her new fashions: the Eversoft Striped Circle Hem , the Crew Pullover, 1969 Sexy Boyfriend Cords, and the 1969 Chambray Shirtdress.
THE WHERE: L.A.
WHY WE WISH WE WERE THERE: We’ve loved the Gap ever since Sharon Stone wore it to the Oscars.