Tall dark handsome men…

Warning: tall dark handsome men pictures overkill ahead! I may be overcompensating for the depressing times we live in… a girl has got to do something to cheer herself up!

So, I have a very definitive type of man I always fall for. It’s an Oedipus thing – the first man I loved was my dad. He wasn’t particularly tall but he was dark and handsome and smart and caring…

Then I discovered Roman Holiday in my early teens and Gregory Peck…

I adored Peck (and still do), in hindsight he was big time daddy-issue material. Dark and handsome and smart and caring… and tall. I even wrote him a fan letter once! I received a reply about 2 years later with an autographed picture. Apparently a mail bag had been misplaced and found again and I got my reply after all. I have been searching for that autographed picture ever since I discovered not too long ago that it isn’t in the drawer that I thought it would be in…

I also had a soft spot for Richard Chamberlain in those years…

… but I was never as obsessed with him as I was with Gregory Peck.

After Gregory Peck and Richard Chamberlain I fell in love with a real life tall, dark, handsome, smart and caring man (and luckily he fell in love with me) and I’ve very happily hung onto him for the past 25 years

At the end of 1995 I discovered Colin Firth! He walked out of a lake in Pride and Prejudice and straight into my heart…

… and as regular readers here know I still love the man and blog about him!

I’ve had a little flirtation with Pierce Brosnan (even saw him up close and personal two and a half years ago!)…

… and have made a few fan videos with him in them.

I’ve also had a little flirtation with Keanu Reeves (including a fan video I made of an interview he did on Graham Norton and I loved him in that)…

Since 2006 the actor of my heart has been Richard Armitage, of course – the actor I blog about most on here!

And now, since a few weeks, there’s Lucas… No, not this one…

… I was never a huge Lucas North fan (or Spooks fan, for that matter), even if he was portrayed brilliantly by Richard Armitage. No, the Lucas I have discovered is named Lucas Bryant!

I have been watching Hallmark movies and I continue to watch them and Lucas Bryant was in two of them that I actually quite liked. I had seen them before a few months back and I had noticed him then as well. He was instantly on my “oh oh, there you go again!”-radar, but, as I often do when I discover someone new, I try to resist them. If I don’t resist, then I binge-watch and who has the time and energy to binge-watch?

Anyway, I don’t quite remember how, but I happened upon a Syfy channel series called Haven (based on an original story by Stephen King) that aired for 5 seasons but is finished now. And who should be in that but Lucas Bryant, the guy I’ve been trying to ignore?  The series is not quite my kind of thing – supernatural powers that often lead to deaths take over people in a small town. These ‘troubles’ as they are called have to be brought under control by two agents, Audrey Parker (who is somehow weirdly connected to the ‘troubles’) and Nathan Wuornos. His trouble isn’t that dangerous to others, only dangerous to himself: he has lost the sense of touch, he can’t feel anything, and is eventually shocked to find that when Audrey touches him he can feel her! Audrey, in turn, is immune to the ‘troubles’.

I watched a few episodes of Haven and while the stories of these ‘troubles’ didn’t always grab me, the story of Audrey and Nathan did. And so I have been binge-watching and skipping through 5 seasons of Haven episodes (each season has 13 episodes, 5th season has 26).  In the first series it’s still a bit of a baby-Nathan, the actor Lucas Bryant looks so young!

What attracted me in this first series is how Nathan deals with not being able to feel anything. I love how Lucas acts those Nathan moments when he suddenly realizes he can feel a touch from someone for the first time in years. He first feels something when Audrey gives him a brief kiss on the cheek.

He keeps it to himself at first (he confesses it to her later in the series) and especially in one episode he seeks out these touches (skip the first 1 minute and 15 seconds of this following video if you like, it’s not really essential). I like baby-Nathan in those scenes!

But as the series progresses (and also becomes more weird, especially regarding Audrey) he matures and yes, as the lines deepen a bit in his face, he becomes sexier to look at! Here, some pics of Nathan at the end of the series…

I don’t know what it is about him. He’s a bit too GQ handsome (just like Pierce Brosnan was in younger years) but there’s this boyish, almost shy, charm about him and a bit of goofiness and, of course, hidden heartache and then there are the forehead crinkles and the eyes and the hesitant smiles that light up his face… I think what finally tipped me over the edge into new obsession mode was this little love scene in season 4 that makes me grin widely each time; it happens soon after they have finally been able to become intimate in a previous episode. Nathan wants to kiss her, Audrey keeps on talking ‘troubles’ and he makes use of her ‘troubles’ obsession to persuade her to think of other things…

So, after Haven I re-watched those two Hallmark movies and I liked him even better in those than before. There is Tulips in Spring about an interior designer who must halt her work on a big project in order to return home and assist her injured father at her family’s tulip farm in rural Washington state. When she gets there she meets a handsome and kind flower broker (yep, that’s my Lucas)…

And there is Summer Love about a widowed mom who gets a summer internship at a tech company and draws the attention of two very different executives while learning about accounting, app designs and finding love. Lucas plays the accountant and is of course the true love.

Men who look that smooth aren’t normally my thing, they seem vacuous to me, but as he matures Lucas becomes even more mesmerizing to look at. There is just something about him and it’s not just the looks…  I think it’s in the eyes and in the smile, they seem to suggest something more to me. Here are some more pics, the woman in the one picture is his real life wife, an Australian actress and personal trainer called Kirsty Hinchcliffe who also had a small supporting role as a police officer in later episodes of Haven.

Lucas Bryant is Canadian-American, born in 1978, he and his wife have a daughter born in 2008 (all according to Wikipedia). He is still quite unknown, I think, and there is yet more to research and more roles to find… I’m not sure if he’s more than a temporary infatuation (I may be projecting a wish onto him that he can stop the troubled person who is sitting in the White House now) but I guess time will tell. In the meantime, I am having fun and can happily distract myself when the need arises. 🙂

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Richard Armitage… in spandex?

First we get Twitter spoilers from the man himself on his Twitter account with guitar in hand!

Then we get some really clever sleuthing fans ferreting out that Richard has started following the @MidLifeMovie page on Twitter, a page for an upcoming movie called Mid Life Crisis! The excitement grows when he starts following more Mid Life related pages and the movie page follows Richard back! So, the evidence is really mounting… The synopsis on IMDB says about this movie: “Four friends reform their high school band to finally capture their dream, and in the process become an overnight sensation as the joke entry on the UK’s biggest talent show.” And yes, I am slowly allowing myself to get excited for this! This sounds like it will be something very different from what Richard has done before and a light-hearted movie for a change as well! Sounds like the man is challenging himself yet again.

I remember when another favourite actor of mine announced he would do a singing movie. Yep, Colin Firth in Mamma Mia. I know it’s super kitsch and people are either in the hate-it or love-it camp for this one. I’m in the love-it camp, despite it being over the top and the singing not quite living up to expectations all the time. My love for it has a lot to do with the (mid life) cast of the movie and I admit I really liked seeing Colin doing his sweet little song on the boat – also with a guitar in hand!

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And, come on, who didn’t crack up at Colin, Pierce Brosnan and Stellan Skarsgard  strutting around in spandex during the end credits?! That alone was worth the price of the movie ticket!

Mamma Mia spandex

So… my question… dare I hope to see Richard in spandex in his Mid Life Crisis movie??? I mean, these men were in their mid life crises as well, after all. A girl can dream…

Couples, kittens, babies, thighs… sighs

I have an Instagram account but always forget to check it out. Finally went through some images today, and my goodness, what a joy it was!

Couples: Livia Firth posting a sweet picture of her and her husband Colin on their way to an event…

Colin & Livia

… and Keely Shaye Brosnan posting a picture of her lovely view of Pierce

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Kittens: a most adorable picture Ian McKellan posted where he’s holding a kitten.

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Babies: a picture “The Mentalist’s” Robin Tunney posted of Simon Baker with the caption “Even babies love him.”

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Thighs: and this appeared on my Instagram, Twitter AND WordPress feeds with lots of sighs re: thighs…

Richard Armitage being interviewed on his David Copperfield audiobook that he just recorded for Audible. And just as I want to hit “Publish” this comes in:

Yes, it’s a lovely Saturday!

Fluff(y chests)

Life is busy at the moment – very busy with two work projects that are fun but are eating up a lot of energy and then there’s also family life that keeps me occupied. Added to that I’ve been having many restless nights ever since my dad died, some with horrible nightmares, although I am happy to say those are lessening now. Anyway, all of that leaves me a little drained and tired and I can’t make myself write long and thoughtful posts on here… So, I’ll stick to fluff for now.

What kind of fluff, do you ask?  Well, fluffy chests, I guess! Although the one is way more fluffy than the other…

I’ve been downloading and rewatching all sorts of Richard Chamberlain stuff that I hadn’t seen or thought about in forever! And I’m having a ball also reading up on him a bit online. And then I came across this picture that I remembered loving some, oh, 25 years ago or more! I think I may even still have it in an old “Films and moviestars” scrapbook I have…

Richard Chamberlain beach

It wasn’t neceessarily just the bare chest and strong arms that I loved. It had more to do with the casual posture and the expression in the face. And such a handsome face!

Something in that Richard Chamberlain picture reminds me of this Richard Armitage picture…

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I have never enjoyed those bare-chested-men calenders. I mean, I can appreciate a nice looking body but those pictures don’t do much for me. These two do! I think it may have to do with the emotion of the faces combined with a strong yet somehow vulnerable image of the body. Maybe it’s the almost childlike sitting on your knees thing – I don’t really know what it is, but these two images do something to me…. perfect fluff for a late Thursday afternoon. 🙂

Oh, and while we’re talking fluff – this one just now springs to mind as well (Pierce Brosnan in ‘Laws of Attraction’)…

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“This is very frivolous, Esther!” my dad would say. And I would laughingly and wholeheartedly agree. 🙂

Selfie

Ellen DeGeneres does it (and I even retweeted that one during the Oscar ceremony in February this year!), President Obama does it, the Pope does it, Pierce Brosnan does it, Hugh “The Wolverine” Jackman does it in the woods, even a macaque monkey does it (playing around with a wildlife photographer’s camera).
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And now Richard Armitage has joined the rank of selfie picture takers and has posted one of himself on Twitter. Almost too handsome to be true, right? I enjoyed the other selfies, but this one truly does something to my insides…