Whereupon I discuss my literary, TV and movie crushes…
During the week I read a great article on HelloGiggles.com about fictional characters that have it all. The looks, the charm, the personality, the whole package. So much so, that you can’t help falling a little bit in love with them. That’s not the same as a gorgeous actor whose career you keep a close eye on. Some scriptwriters and even more impressively, authors, can transcend the divide between screen or page and the audience, creating a person you just wish was real.
Here are a few of my character crushes.
1. Jack Dawson, Titanic
This is one myself and Torre Healy have in common. Sure, the love story in Titanic grows a little sillier every time you watch it, and Rose doesn’t really know Jack from Adam, but you would never be bored with a free spirit like Jack Dawson; a man who moves to Paris on a whim, draws pretty pictures and is lucky at cards (or desperately unlucky, considering the big ship’s fate). And if I was Rose DeWitt Bukater, I’d have let Jack on my plank of wood, just to see how things turn out. He was just so damn cute.
2. Sirius Black, Harry Potter
You can almost hear the giggly crush JK Rowling has on Sirius emanate from the narration of Harry Potter. He’s dark, handsome, has a stunning smile, rides a flying motorbike, and is a tortured soul. Siiiigggh. Even better, Sirius is a genuinely good guy, always looking out for Harry. So much so, it proves to be his eventual undoing. I was digusted when Sirius was killed off, and even more disgusted when they cast Gary Oldman in his role in the movies.
3. Ray, In Bruges
The definition of tall, dark and handsome is Colin Farrell (seriously, look in any dictionary) and while he’s played some cuties in his time, none more so than in the 2008 black comedy In Bruges. Ray isn’t the type of guy you’d bring home to your mother. He swears way too much, he’s more likely to snort a line of cocaine with some hookers than enjoy a cup of tea and queen cake, and he’s racked and tormented by deep inner turmoil. Oh, and he’s a hitman. However, Ray’s miniscule attention span, stream of consciousness chatter and the way he shrugs into his coat make him utterly adorable. One for a fling.
4. Roy, The IT Crowd
Continuing on the patriotic theme, here’s Chris O’Dowd’s very first breakout role. Now he’s beloved all over the world for his turn in Bridesmaids, but The IT Crowd was an early showcase for the Roscommon man’s charms. Here is a definitive case for the actor making the character; Roy is lazy, insensitive and oh-so-socially awkward, but completely lovable. Oh and he has lovely arms.
5. Chandler Bing, Friends
My first time around watching Friends, in my tender pre-teen years, I loved Joey. We all did; he was dumb and sweet and handsome. However, as I got older, I began to appreciate early-season Chandler. Chandler is a mess; he is insecure, useless with women and uses humour as a way to cope. This makes him a lot more interesting than Joey (I still could never fancy Ross), and Chandler is still a good guy underneath it all. Just see how cute he is in this Season 2 scene. In later seasons, Chandler could be smug and overbearing (and poor Matthew Perry lost his looks) but by then we had Phoebe’s husband Mike Hannigan (Paul Rudd) to dream about.
6. Eric Northman, True Blood
Like Ray, you wouldn’t want Eric around for Sunday dinner. The Viking vampire is a cold-blooded, selfish and ruthless. He’s also utterly gorgeous. And he does have a softer side, which he showed in Season 4 of the vampire schlocker. Granted, he couldn’t remember who he was, but still…
7. The classics.
The characters who always appear in these kinds of lists. Mr D’arcy (especially when played by Colin Firth- and we can throw Mark D’arcy from Bridget Jones in for good measure) from Pride and Prejudice, Mr Rochester of Jane Eyre fame (especially when played by Michael Fassbender) and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. Although Heathcliff would be hard work.
Oh, and from more modern classics? Surely I’m not the only one who thinks Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby sounds like a bit of a hottie?
So who are your own crushes, male or female?