Monday, April 07, 2008

Male on Monday - Jude Law

This Monday at the Pink Heart Society our Natasha Oakley brings us a man who, at 5ft 11", is going to be too short for Trish ....

But hey! He's won a BAFTA, been nominated for two Oscars, three Golden Globes and has green eyes. She's just picky, don't you think?

David Jude Law was born 29th December, 1972 in south east London. There seems to be some debate whether his name was inspired by The Beatles' 'Hey Jude' or Thomas Hardy's 'Jude The Obscure'. Personally, however they arrived at it, I think his parents', Peter and Maggie, had great taste in names. His sister is called Natasha.

By the age of 12 he'd enrolled at the National Youth Music Theatre. He was placed in the wrong dormitory because they thought Jude was a girl's name. He decided to keep quiet, but was caught and moved. During his time with NYMT he played the lead in 'Joseph And his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat' and at 17 dropped out of school completely to appear in Granada's daytime soap 'Families'.

He got a classical theatre training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His big break was in Cocteau's 'Les Parents Terribles' at the National in 1994, spending the first scene of the second act nude in a bathtub.

'Well, I had to do a nude scene, and you're on stage naked but you get over it, you do whatever you have to do. But the first night, my character is just getting out of the bath, and the rest of the crew had poured in freezing cold water.'

He was nominated for an Olivier Award as Best Newcomer. The play changed its' name to 'Indiscretions' when it transferred to Broadway in 1995 and it was a huge hit once again. Jude was nominated for a Tony.

In 1997 he played Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas in 'Wilde', Jerome in 'Gattaca' and Billy in 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil'. 1997 was also the year he married Sadie Frost on a barge in the middle of the Grand Union Canal.

He started well in the hero stakes:
'Success, and even life itself, wouldn't be worth anything if I didn't have my wife and children by my side. They mean everything to me.'

Jude is stepfather to Sadie's son, Finlay, by Gary Kemp (of Spandau Ballet fame). The couple have three children together. Rafferty (born 6th October, 1996), Iris (born 25th October, 2000) and Rudy (born 10th September, 2002).

Sadly the couple divorced in 2003 and that's when his personal life started to feature heavily in our tabloids. After meeting Sienna Miller on the set of 'Alfie' the couple became engaged January 2005. Then there was the 'kiss and tell' story of his 'relationship' with his children's nanny, Daisy Wright.

'I just want to say I am deeply ashamed and upset that I've hurt Sienna and the people most close to us.'

Jude and Sienna broke up in the July, reconciled briefly and broke up again in 2006.

(As a complete aside, Sienna Miller is now with Rhys Ifans. Remember the buttock clenching housemate in 'NottingHill'? They caused outrage on a recent flight with their excessive display of affection. James McAvoy was also a passenger on that plane and he occupied himself with a Sudoko book. I'm liking that man!)

But back to Jude. What saves him as a potential hero for me is that he has continued to be an involved father.

Professionally, the man just doesn't stop. Highlights for me are 'The Talented Mr Ripley' (1999), 'Road to Perdition' (2002), 'Cold Mountain' (2003), 'Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow' '2004 - my children liked it), 'Alfie' (2004), 'Aviator' (2004), 'Breaking and Entering' (2006), 'The Holiday' (2006) and 'My Blueberry Nights' (2007).

And it just wouldn't be right not to give you a YouTube clip. I have my reputation.



Oh okay - here's another one. You've got to see Jude Law as Mr Napkin Head.



So, what are we thinking? Good hero choice??

With love
Natasha






Natasha's next Harlequin Romance Wanted: White Wedding is released in NA and the UK in May.

Romantic Times Magazine says: 'Natasha Oakley's Wanted: White Wedding (4.5) has its share of deeply touching moments, but what makes it stand out are the humor and the wonderful characters.'

You can find out more about it if she gets round to updating her website and you can hear her moan about her sheikhs, dying people carrier, broken boiler, broken sofa and other assorted disasters by visiting her blog.

Her contribution to the Niroli series, 'The Tycoon's Princess Bride', is available here and is nominated by the Romantic Times Magazine for Best Presents of 2007 and for a RITA®.

44 comments:

  1. I wonder if there is a 12 step program for youtube addiction...

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yes, Mr. Napkin...I loved him in THE HOLIDAY.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I don't think there is, Jenna! Oh and, Donna, there's an interview on YouTube (which I nearly posted) where Jude is interviewed about playing Graham in 'The Holiday'. Said he thought that was his most 'exposing part' because it was the closest to the real him.

    Trouble is, I know he's supposed to be one of the 'most beautiful' but I just do not find him sexy. Anyone else????

    ReplyDelete
  4. I find him VERY sexy, not just because of his looks (those eyes), his voice, his body, his intelligence, his personality, but because of how he is with his children. Just a sexy, sexy man all around, even when he isn't dressed to kill or perfectly coifed.

    ReplyDelete
  5. His sexyness is undoubtful to me, maybe he's not the golden boy he used to be, but still he's getting a more mature beauty, his charisma is more evident when he speaks on interviews, he uses to blush when apreciating his beautyness, he's articulate, inteligent, down to earth and a loving father. That makes part of his charm, as well.

    ReplyDelete
  6. lol Yes, I agree with both of the above posts. But it isn't working! Would rather have Richard Armitage.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Well...I have to say that Richard Armitage isn't working for me, sorry...LOL!!! Altough he is a handsome man.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I am a Jude Law fan too! I love him and think he is super sexy...

    ReplyDelete
  9. I don't know who Richard Armitage is but I do know I find Jude Law very, very sexy. He might not be as good looking now as he was when he first became famous but in my eyes he looks better now with more character - add his personality and bingo - the result is very sexy IMO.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Jude gets better and the older he gets.

    ReplyDelete
  11. LOL Isn't it funny! I suppose it's good we don't all have *exactly* the same taste. Would be a bit competitive otherwise. vbg

    If you haven't seen Richard Armitage you need to type his name in the box at the top left of this screen. We have him on this blog too!

    ReplyDelete
  12. But forgot to say - I do like Jude's eyes. Now they're sexy.

    Perhaps I've just been tabloid-out. I'm not sure it really helps to know too much about actors.

    ReplyDelete
  13. First of all I'm SHOCKED that Pole doesn't know who Richard Armitage is! I think we need an intervention, Natasha!

    Ok, so here's my take on Jude. I will definitely agree that he gets better as he gets older. And there is a charisma about him. Does he make me gaga? Nope. But that might have something to do with a)some of the negative media and b)some of the roles I've seen him in. I didn't particularly like Alfie and I didn't like his character in The Talented Mr. Ripley either, but he was delicious in The Holiday. Definite hero material.

    Some guys ring your bell, others don't. And sometimes it's not the guy but the role.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Yes, I agree, Donna, 'tis sometimes the role. Whilst I have an aesthetic appreciation of Richard Armitage, I have an undying passion for his John Thornton. Dare I say more than Colin Firth's Darcy?!?!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Oh Donna, I LOVED him in all the roles you mentioned! As far as tabs, that's not much of a problem for him now that Sienna is out of the picture. For me he stands apart from all that because I've seen him in too many other mediums, such as Charlie Rose and Parkinson interviews, to be swayed by the nonsense of the tabloids that sensatinoalize to make a buck. What we see there is not him. I've really liked him in all his roles, even the "bad guy" roles. And he really is a nice, classy guy by reports of people that work with him, etc. Not what the media sometimes wanted to make of him in the past to help sell their mags/sites. Yes, I guess I'm a superfan, albeit recent...I find him interesting, more so than anyone else, so I've dug up a lot of stuff about him, past and present...I'm consdering treatment...LOL!!!! But what I've found is the bad media attention is not what defines him...that's all. Anyway, I'll stop before this turns into a dissertation LOL!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Oh, and Jude had me with those eyes and his Inman in Cold Mountain!! I've been hooked ever since!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Anonymous...we really need to get you a name! Anonymous is so..well...LOL.

    I respect your fangirliness, cuz I'm the same way about Jamie Bamber. LOL. And Natasha is right about RA and John Thornton. Guy of Gisborne...meh. But he IS John Thornton.

    Do you suppose we could get a discount if we all went for therapy together?????

    ReplyDelete
  18. So, we're all agreed on the eyes, yes????

    The trouble with Jude as he appears in the tabloids is that he *did* cheat on a woman he was saying he loved. That would be a hard thing to pull off in a romance hero. Can be done. If Charlotte Bronte can manage a bigamist hero ... But it's a tricky one.

    ReplyDelete
  19. jude is the apple of my eye. he has an aura of mystery behind those beautiful eyes. movie goers perceive that the character they play on screen is who they are..from all who know him he is sweet, funny, very intelligent beautiful inside and out and one of the most devoted fathers in all of filmdom. he IS my hero.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Now I googled Richard.. oh dear. I've actually seen him on Robin Hood and while I did find him better looking and more fascinating than whoever it is that's playing Robin he doesn't really do it for me, sorry. I think it's his lips - too thin if you ask me. Jamie Bamber - now we're talking. And Jude. And Ewan. Jude is the most sexy though - to me. Have you seen Enemy at The Gates? Supersexy if you ask me *lol*

    ReplyDelete
  21. I think he pulled off it off in Holiday. As far as the "cheating," there were other issues with the Sienna thing...she wasn't an innocent victim. There are more sides to that story. But don't you think celebs "cheat" a lot more than what we'll ever know? Oh yeah! He happened to get caught at it. I don't hold that against him given all the other stuff that defines him much better...and that's all over and done with...we all have our "not proud" moments. I think at heart he's a romantic and very devoted.

    Sheryl (also author of posts 4, 7, 15, and 16)

    ReplyDelete
  22. Oh, and yes, I think group therapy at a discount would be perfect! LOL. I just might get more work done!!

    Sheryl

    ReplyDelete
  23. I'd like to join the group therapy too *lol*

    ReplyDelete
  24. Hi Sheryl! Do agree Jude is well rid of Sienna. Though, Donna, you used a photo of her as heroine inspiration, didn't you?

    I think actors 'cheat' often - but it's not nice. In fact, it's why Harlequin aren't keen on an actor hero or actress heroine. Apparently public perception of the profession isn't great. Having been an actress myself I do understand the reasons for it. You're away from home a lot, away from all the normal things that keep people in line and you make 'family' with the people you are working with. And sometimes there's a physical contact with another actor which crosses all normal boundaries.

    BUT cheating is horrible. Hurts everyone involved. And, whilst I can accept human frailty in real life, when it comes to writing a romance it's about fantasy. I want a man who will keep his word always, be a great father, a fantastic lover ...

    Pole, you have got to watch 'North and South'. And look at the eyes! They'll be something on YouTube. ggg

    ReplyDelete
  25. Yes, I did Natasha! I hadn't even seen her in anything and didn't know anything about her, but the picture - and I think it was up on your blog at the time - was perfect for my heroine in The Soldier's Homecoming. The pic had a very sweet girl-next-doorish feel to it...which is why too sometimes it's not the actor himself (or herself) that works but simply a specific pictures.

    Now, about youtube and RA...my fave so far is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTobs8qKSfs . And as Gisborne? Don't judge by that. You really need to watch North and South. The chemistry between him and Margaret...oh God.

    ReplyDelete
  26. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Natasha, I agree, cheating is not good...but it's not the end all of everything. I can see where you are coming from about the hero thing versus "cheaters," but I just don't think Jude has smudged my perception of him being able to pull that off yet. Charlie Sheen, yes...George Clooney, yes (he'd be more of a Rhett Butler to me). But I could accept the likes of Jude or Brad Pitt; even though they were caught in compromising circumstances, they are not serial "cheaters" and are very devoted men. But that is my perception...you asked, I told. LOL!

    So you were an actress? That's very interesting.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Sorry, forgot to put my name on that last one...

    Sheryl

    ReplyDelete
  29. And Donna, if you think Sienna's picture can work for a heroine, Jude has many pics that can work for a hero!!! LOL

    Sheryl

    ReplyDelete
  30. I think it's the 'writing' hero verus 'watching' one thing. If that makes any sense.

    If I were casting a movie I'd cast Jude. He's a brilliant actor imo and he becomes someone else for me and that's fine. But he won't work for me as a trigger for one of my heroes because when I look at him he carries too much baggage. And I'd have to look at him for weeks remember! vbg.

    ReplyDelete
  31. I understand...but again, you did ask, and I am a consumer. I don't see the baggage. I know some people don't view it that way, but I just don't see it when I look at him. And I wouldn't mind looking at him for weeks, although preferably in person LOL.

    Anyway, nice conversation!

    Sheryl

    ReplyDelete
  32. Really glad you joined us Sheryl and Pole. Don't go away! New hero inspiration next Monday!!! this was fun.

    I'm going to have nightmares now at the thought of actually meeting Jude Law now I've said I don't find him sexy. How embarrassing would that be! But, on the other hand, it would be very much more embarrassing for me to meet Richard Armitage. vbg

    Oh dear ... and I ought be cooking dinner.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Hmmm Natasha...from all accounts I've read, you would probably get tongue-tied...I've read a lot of people's blogs and some journalist comments to that affect, anyway.

    Now go cook that dinner!!! LOL Just FYI, I sometimes feel that my hero is anyone that would cook MY dinner...or at least go to the door to get the pizza! ;)

    Sheryl

    ReplyDelete
  34. I think I might faint or at the very least not be able to make any sense if I met Jude irl. It'll be interesting how it'll be seeing him on stage.. My sister will be with me when I get to see him in Hamlet and that's probably a good thing so she can stop me from doing something silly like throwing myself at him *lol*

    Sheryl, I'm sending you a virtual pizza ;-) DH picked up bagels for us today while his mother and her husband had the kids - it almost felt like a minivacation :-D

    ReplyDelete
  35. I think Jude will be an absolutely brilliant Hamlet. Not so sure about David Tennant over at the RSC. I'm taking the children to see DT play Berowne in 'Loves Labours Lost' instead.

    ReplyDelete
  36. BTW Don't find David Tennant sexy either. (Ducks for cover.)

    ReplyDelete
  37. Hmmm...I haven't experienced anything with David Tennet...so I might be in agreement on that.

    ReplyDelete
  38. We're in the minority I think! I find him a bit .... er .. slight. I must have a death wish. His fan base is HUGE.

    Never mind, perhaps I'll be able to galvanise the Armitage Army to defend me. ggg

    I should be working. This is bad.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Natasha...were we separated at birth?

    DT doesn't do it for me either. For exactly the same reason.

    We might as well alienate all sorts of fangirls. If we took on Jensen Ackles and Tom Welling we might bring Trish out of the woodwork.

    ReplyDelete
  40. I don't know about being an alienated "fangirl", but I do know if I'm asked I'll answer! LOL!

    One cover hero I can't figure why ANYONE ever swooned over, and that's Fabio. I could probably take ANYBODY over him. That I don't get.

    Sheryl

    ReplyDelete
  41. YES! What *is* it with Fabio? I remember reading an article once about a woman who bought every book he was on the cover of regardless.

    I bet we can't get Trish to come out and play. She's taking this word war with Jenna very seriously. She's already 'pinged' me once this evening to ask if I intend to do any work! ggg

    ReplyDelete
  42. Great choice Natasha, especially as he's an example of why "sexy" is in the eye of the beholder.

    I found him sympathetic in the Holiday to be sure. Lovely stuff. But the clever, ugly, sleazy character he played in "Road to Perdition" seemed the most natural fit to me. In the nicest possible way!!!

    A

    ReplyDelete
  43. Ally, you're right, he is actually very good at playing the non-hero type, i.e., Gattaca, Talented Mr. Ripley, Immortality, Wilde, Aviator...the characters...I love what he did in all of these and in Road to Perdition. But I think the Holiday was also a good fit as well. He has said, though, that he would prefer to play the wicked witch instead of Prince Charming because it's much more interesting, which is why it took him so long to do something like The Holiday. He said the Graham character is actually closer to the real "him." But in all actuality, I don't think he'd be especially impressed being portrayed as a "hero" for a novel. But then again, he has changed his mind about some things pertaining to his career and his decision not to do romantic comedies, according to his most recent Charlie Rose interview and his decision to do The Holiday, so maybe he would feel okay about it. Don't know.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Ooops, that was me, Sheryl, in the last post...I just need to get a Google ID!

    ReplyDelete