In recent years, I’ve noticed that Hollywood’s leading men have gotten, on average, less cool. They’ve become less macho, less masculine, less manly. And, it seems as though the man’s man is a dying breed in film.
Now, the man’s man, isn’t quite what it sounds like. He is NOT gay. (Please note, I have nothing against those who are. However, the man’s man is simply straight as can be.)
The man’s man is the embodiment of masculinity. He’s not pretty, he’s not out to get the girl (she just happens to fall for him) (there are a few exceptions, though), he’s rarely clean-shaven, and, no matter what he wears, he always makes it look badass. He’s what a real man should be.
Unfortunately Hollywood has been on the decline in recent years, which is possibly why some of the old guys are all coming back for another round; specifically Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis, and Sylvester Stallone. We men who believe a man should be a man have had to put up with Shia LeBeouf, Will Smith (who, try as he might, is nothing more than the fresh prince in big budget movies), and Vin Diesel (good God).
Fortunately there are a few out there; Michael Chiklis in The Shield, Kiefer Sutherland in 24, and Viggo Mortensen are the best that come to mind of recent years, but they don’t get much press. They’re overshadowed by the more famous, less talented bunch.
Outside of that there are a few in between; Daniel Craig, Denzel Washington, and Christian Bale. Though they have talent and have had roles, they’re not quite there. Daniel Craig, though rough, lacks the charm that made 007 awesome (Bond is an exception to the getting the girl thing), Denzel always seems like too much of a nice guy no matter how bad or tough he’s trying to be. And, Bale is just too damn pretty.
But no one really comes to what used to be. Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, and Humphrey Bogart all had it. It’s a sort of classic cool that’s too hard for most to match in today’s society.
So I ask, what’s happened to the man’s man?
List of Great Man’s Men
-Clint Eastwood (Let’s face it, he’s the ultimate man’s man)
-Tom Selleck (He may have played a gay guy, but that stache and chest hair prove his manliness)
*There are too many to name them all.
More Recent Man’s Men
-Brett Favre (Not an actor, but still a man’s man)