Male stars drive the box office. A good looking guy can go from a nobody to a leading man in no time flat. Which male movie stars are today’s screen hunks? Read on:
- Michael Fassbender, age 37 — Movie highlights: Shame, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Prometheus. Equally adept at indie movies and big studio movies, he famously did his own nude scenes in Shame.
- Vin Diesel, age 46 — Movie highlights: Fast & Furious franchise, XXX, Pitch Black. Going back to the Fast & the Furious franchise was the best career decision he ever made.
- Chris Hemsworth, age 30 — Movie highlights: Thor, The Avengers, Rush. He has shown he has talent beyond his biceps.
- Ryan Gosling, age 33 — Movie highlights: Crazy Stupid Love, Lars and the Real Girl, Drive. One of the most adventurous leading men on the list, he is definitely not afraid to take chances with his roles.
- Chris Evans, age 33 — Movie highlights: Fantastic Four, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers. He graduated from cheap teen movie spoofs to one of the most profitable actors now working.
- Channing Tatum, age 34 — Movie highlights: Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. He definitely has “Stepped Up” his career from his early days as an exotic dancer.
- Michael B. Jordan, age 27 — Movie highlights: Fruitvale Station, That Awkward Moment. He has more experience from TV, but he is definitely an actor to watch out for.
- Zac Efron, age 26 — Movie highlights: Hairspray, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Neighbors. He may have come from Disney, but he has broken away from the pack unlike most of his former HSM costars.
- Jeremy Renner, age 43 — Movie highlights: The Hurt Locker, The Avengers, American Hustle. He is riveting in anything you put him in.
- Bradley Cooper, age 39 — Movie highlights: The Hangover, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle. Finally he showed he is more than just a pretty face and is choosing movies more worthy of his talents than the Hangover series.
- Matt Damon, age 43 — Movie highlights: The Bourne franchise, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Saving Private Ryan. Is there anything this guy can’t do? I would love to see him do some more comedy.
- Ben Affleck, age 41 — Movie highlights: Argo, The Sum of All Fears, Pearl Harbor. Directing has definitely given him a second career he can fall back on. It will be interesting to see his take on Batman.
- Jason Statham, age 46 — Movie highlights: The Bank Job, Transporter franchise, Crank. So he doesn’t have as much range as other actors on this list, he is good at his genre… which is a guy who has a bad attitude and likes to kick ass.
- Brad Pitt, age 50 — Movie highlights: 12 Monkeys, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, World War Z. Too pretty for his own good when he was younger, he has chosen his roles very carefully.
- Christian Bale, age 40 — Movie highlights: Batman trilogy, The Fighter, American Psycho. He really dives into his roles, and gives it all he has got.
- Matthew McConaughey, age 44 — Movie highlights: Dallas Buyers Club, The Wedding Planner, A Time to Kill. He was praised early on in his career, before all the bad romantic comedies, and arrest for nude bongo playing. I am glad he found his passion for acting again.
- Chadwick Boseman, age 32 — Movie highlights: 42, Get on Up. The upcoming James Brown bio pic looks like a hit for him.
- Jaime Foxx, age 46 — Movie highlights: Ray, Dreamgirls, Django Unchained. He has come a long way from “In Living Color.” He has won an Oscar and Grammys too.
- Leonardo DiCaprio, age 39 — Movie highlights: Titanic, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Aviator. Now tell me why this man has not won an Oscar yet? I just don’t get it.
So that’s my list. Did I leave anyone out? Let me know your thoughts. I hope to see you at the movies.
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