I don’t mean to diss American Males, but it seems all my favorite Hotties lately have accents. There’s something about the British (Daniel Craig), Scots (Gerard Butler), Welsh (Christian Bale) and Australian (Russell Crow/Hugh Jackman/Eric Bana) inflection that sends my heart racing. Of course, all these men are totally hot just standing there not speaking at all… The accent just puts a little icing on the cake.
The first time I saw Clive was in a movie called Gosford Park, in which Clive has a lovely kissing scene. Since then he’s played the romantic King Arthur, the dashing pirate, Sir Walter Raleigh, and an obsessed doctor in Beyond Borders.
Although most of his movies were Hollywood blockbusters, such as The International, with Julia Roberts, Clive has also starred in several low key, almost obscure films with unusual storylines and not always sympathetic characters.
Born in Coventry, England, Clive has been called the next great “Ruffian” actor from England. Askmen.com said of him, “Coming from squalid surroundings, the boy had to stand up for himself early on, especially when it came to chasing his acting aspirations. Ironically, it was the gruff guys that Clive Owen was born to play.”
And this, “-a man with sharp threads, a steely confident gaze and rugged good looks, Clive is testosterone on tap with rough hands and a firm grip. He's the tall, dark stranger who all women want.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself. Yum.
As I do with any current male obsession, I IMDB’d him and found the list of his movies I hadn’t seen yet, then set about renting them. My favorite so far, besides Children of God (not an HEA, but what a wonderful example of a reluctant hero who gives his all for RIGHT. Hard to resist, that. But one film that did have an HEA was a quirky little British romance called Greenfingers. This movie shows Clive’s softer side.
But enough of the intellectual jabber. Let’s get to the important stuff, shall we? Ahh, those light green eyes, or are they blue? They seem to change depending his what color he’s wearing. I love that. And, oh, those shoulders, that dark-stubbled jaw and dimpled chin. And how about those abs! Most men either look good with a beard and look awful without it, or vice versa, but Clive looks just as sexy with or without facial hair. He makes scruffy sexy, and cranky mysterious.
Ok, I’ve gushed on long enough. Even though Clive is British, he is the inspiration for my gruff Half Inupiat hero. But that’s okay. Eric Bana was the inspiration for my first Blaze hero and Gerard Butler the next. So, I really do have a thing for foreign men.
Thank you to all the Pink Heart ladies for inviting me to be a guest today. Always fun, always a pleasure,
Jillian Burns lives in Texas with her husband of twenty-two years and their three active kids. She likes to think her emotional nature—sometimes referred to as moodiness by those closest to her—has found the perfect outlet in writing stories filled with passion and romance. She spent her youth with her nose in a book, immersed in the worlds of Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Bennett, and believes romance novels have the power to change lives with their message of eternal love and hope. Her newest Harlequin Blaze, PRIMAL CALLING, will be in stores everywhere March 1st and she will have 2 more Blazes out in 2011. For more information and excerpts you can visit her website www.jillianburns.com