Monday, May 30, 2011
Male on Monday -
I'm a sucker for a big man. Tall, broad-shouldered, muscular and imposing--that's my kind of guy. I think it's one reason I have a soft spot for Betty Neels and her big Dutch heroes.
Adam's a big guy, well-built and physically imposing. He gets cast as a soldier quite often--he has that kind of build, that kind of presense. One of the few actors named Baldwin who isn't related to any of the others, Adam may have pinged your radar as far back as his role in the 1980s classic My Bodyguard, but the first time he pinged mine was his role in the movie The Patriot. He had a small but pivotal role as a colonist whose choice of loyalty to the crown over the nascent U.S. led to a terrible decision with tragic consequences.
I knew from that moment he could do drama. But when I saw him in Independence Day as the hyper-serious (and therefore funny) young Air Force officer at Area 51, I realized he could do comedy as well. He was just about the only thing on the show Firefly that could drag one's attention away from the consistently adorable Nathan Fillion. Jayne Cobb was rude, crude, brutal and amoral--and he was also one of the funniest characters on that short-lived show.
And he never takes himself too seriously--another trait I love in a man.
It's a role I think Adam Baldwin can play very well.
Paula's latest release is COOPER VENGEANCE. You can find out more about Paula at her website, www.paulagraves.com.