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NEWSFLASH: Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Not Hot!

A funny thing happened on the way to being excited over the first shots of Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's “Lincoln,” scheduled for a December 2012 release.

I ran into women.

OK, I ran into two women: Patricia and a friend on Facebook. Both had the same reaction: repulsed. My exchange with the friend went like this:

She: Yikes, he just dropped off my list of hotties :(
Me: But he looks amazing. He's going to be amazing.
She: I just preferred his look in “Last of the Mohicans.”
Me: This is a different role. I mean, who would he say “I WILL find you” to in “Lincoln”? South Carolina? Jefferson Davis? A decent Union general?
She: I didn't even see “No Country for Old Men” because I just couldn't bear to see Javier Bardem look so awful. Call me shallow, I don't care. Thank god men are more cerebral and don't react this way about hot actresses. ;)

After thinking about it a bit, though, I believe women, who have a rep for being less shallow than men, behave worse in this regard than men. That takes doing.

When I first saw shots of Meryl Streep's transformation into Maggie Thatcher for “The Iron Lady,” I was amazed, not disappointedóbut then, one could argue, I'm not hot for Streep. (OK, not much.) So let's talk about more obvious hotties. I was amazed, not disappointed, at Charlize Theron's transformation in “Monster,” and by Marion Cotillard's transformation in “La vie en rose.” On and on. I never thought any of them would be stuck that way. I knew they were acting. In roles. For awards. And getting them.

But for female fans, it seems more personal. They can't get past it. It's like all men are one Amish beard away from forever being struck from the hearts and loins of women.


Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln hanging out in a Confederate (Richmond, Va.) restaurant

Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln hanging out in a Confederate (Richmond, Va.) restaurant.

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Posted at 07:15 AM on Fri. Dec 02, 2011 in category Movies  


AKC wrote:

It's an amazing likeness, and he's usually an amazing actor (which is part of what makes him hot). So, yeah, I can get over that he's not hot in this particular movie. After it's made, the beard gets shaved, the gray gets washed out (or not) and within minutes he's back to being hot again.

Javier Bardem totally made up for NCFOM with Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and that's how I choose to remember him in my mind.

Comment posted on Fri. Dec 02, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Reed wrote:

I think that DDL is “sneaky hot” to most women. I think a lot of them feel that they're the only one who has recognized his inherent hotness, partly because the roles he's most known for are not “hottie” parts. Yet, any woman who's seen The Unbearable Lightness of Being has a special place in her heart for him.

I'm guessing if Brad Pitt or some other more conventional stud played an unattractive man, the reaction wouldn't be as strong.

Comment posted on Fri. Dec 02, 2011 at 01:27 PM

Erik wrote:

I don't know, Reed. The women I know who like DDL, and Javier Bardem, and Daniel Craig, seem to recognize each other. I don't think they think it's a secret.

And it's never ULOB. It's always Last of the Mohicans. For every one of them.

Admittedly, it's a small sample size.

Comment posted on Fri. Dec 02, 2011 at 06:54 PM
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