Suave, sophisticated, with a voice like smooth dark chocolate. Cary Grant filled out a suit like they were put on this planet to clothe just him. In fact his suit from North By Northwest was recently voted the best men’s suit ever to appear on film. If we’d seen that suit on Hitchcock himself do you think it would have won? Na-ah.
He was the epitome of tall dark and handsome. Of smart, sharp, and determined. Those long lanky legs, broad shoulders, the flat stare. The sensuous mouth. Especially pitted against a cool ice blonde the likes of Grace Kelly or Eva Marie Saint.
But he could do funny just as well – Arsenic and Old Lace, Bringing Up Baby, and then there was An Affair To Remember. Aaah, Niki Farranti. The most perfectly gorgeous hero ever created. A handsome, alpha, world renowned playboy who turns the head of every woman he meets. And funny! The guy could do dry humour better than anybody. But beneath the showy exterior, he loves his grandmother, has an artistic soul. And when he meets the woman of his dreams he gives away all his riches and fame in order to make himself a better man in order to deserve her. Sigh...
Other fave Cary Grant moments: To Catch and Thief, The Philadelphia Story
When I was a kid, my mother was in love with Paul Newman. She introduced me to the likes of The Sting and Bush Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and I just didn’t get it. I loooved Robert Redford. Loved his cheeky smile and floppy blonde hair. I mean the guy was Hubble for goodness sake! Paul Newman just didn’t flip my switches.
Years later, I stumbled upon a little movie called Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and suddenly everything came clear. The Paul Newman mum had grown up with, the young handsome stud was revealed in all his splendour. Humona humona. Truly. The guy was exquisitely beautiful. Chiselled nose, short ashen hair, gooorgeous blue eyes, and that mouth – carved by the gods. Oh boy!
Now Mr Newman in his twenties is so ready to be an Ally Blake hero one day. Maybe even a salt and pepper hero. I have a bit of a thing for a handsome guy with greying hair. And I’m not the only one. Natasha...
The fact that the guy is still madly in love with his wife of almost fifty years doesn’t hurt. Neither does the fact that he owns The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, a summer camp for children with cancer and other blood-related diesases (and their siblings) in
Other fave Paul Newman moments: The Hudsucker Proxy, The Color of Money
It’s the Irish blue eyes, pale skin, and self-deprecating humour that grab me where it matters. The fact that he’s 6’3”, once walked with more fluid grace than any man on the planet, and managed to out gorgeous Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia also helps.
This was an actor whose name I had heard many times over, but I kind of always thought of him as an overweight English thespian type with a beard. I imagined him playing Polonius in Hamlet. Until I went through an Audrey Hepburn kick and discovered a film called How To Steal A Million.
In this Audrey Hepburn is the daughter of a rich art forger and she catches Peter O’Toole attempting to ‘steal’ one of her father’s forged Van Gogh’s. Little does she realise he is in fact an art forger catcher by trade! The fact that he is burgling her house in a tuxedo, is more enamoured than afraid when he is caught, then asks her to drive him back to the Ritz in his posh car after she shoots him in the arm doesn’t seem to enter her subconscious.
Most famous of Lawrence of Arabia, Peter did maniacal egoists with god-complexes better than anybody, but my favourite moments are those when is he found looking at a heroine with such blatant humour, and adoration, like has truly never met anyone of her ilk before. Glorious!
Other fave Peter O’Toole moments: The Lion in Winter, The Stunt Man
Do you think they make them like they used to?
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