By Popular Request: the Triumphant Return of Mark Wahlberg and Ewan McGregor

I’ve been reminded that for all of the blathering about sexxxay, sexxxay men that I engage in around here, I haven’t been providing my readers with a whole lot of practical ogling options. Well, Stephen Moyer is featured below, and now it’s time for a return to my fangirl roots, with a few notes on Mr. Wahlberg and Mr. McGregor.

every dog has its day... picture from TheStranger.com
every dog has its day... picture from TheStranger.com

Mark Wahlberg, formerly known as Marky Mark, of course, is a surprising success story. Few people believed that this guy could ever shed his former image. He was hot, sure, but nobody took him very seriously (possibly because he was so hot), and his career was mostly a sort of punchline to many, his talent vastly overlooked.

Well, haters, I invite you all to do as the doggie does – eat Mark’s shorts.

I remember walking out of “Three Kings” and going – “wow, you know, that man can really act.” My companions said something to the extent of “Marky Mark! *haw haw* Marky Mark!” I had to politely disagree (“Boogie Nights” had already come out by then, but it took me a few years to see it, I was still a kid). Or was it impolitely? I can’t remember. Anyway, I think that Mark Wahlberg is the perfect example of someone who gets trivialized because he’s just another “hot piece of ass” but, in reality, is great at what he does. The best of both worlds.

Mark doing is thing in The Departed. Picture from thecinematheque.com
Mark doing is thing in The Departed. Picture from thecinematheque.com

I can’t believe that there are still people out there who act shocked that Mark Wahlberg has already been nominated for an Oscar. It’s like they get up every morning, brush their teeth, feed the cat, flip on the news as they pour their cereal into the bowl and then go – “Wait a minute, MARK WAHLBERG was NOMINATED for an OSCAR?” It must be pretty tough, to have to face that, over and over again.

Now, Ewan McGregor, on the other hand, people take pretty seriously, especially in the States. Even the dreadful Star Wars 1 – 3 couldn’t really do anything to this man. I wonder if the fact that he has an accent has something to do with that. Or perhaps GQ (or was it Esquire?) got it right when they said that Ewan McGregor was more “ugly-pretty” – on one hand, he’s attractive, on the other hand, you’re still trying to figure out what’s so special about the man. I have a theory that people like McGregor simply don’t threaten the more male-dominated facets of the media as much. Although that theory tends to fall apart when you look at just how much time McGregor has spent naked on the screen. Considering that we are still trying to unpackage (*haw haw haw*) most of the discomfort surrounding full-on male nudity – seeing as female bodies are OK for consumption, but there is still something “shocking” about seeing male bodies this way (I could go on a long rant about sexist double standards here, but I will save it for another day) – people should be *terrified* of Ewan McGregor. They are not. Ewan McGregor appears to be made of hotness, brilliance, and teflon.

filmexperience.blogspot.com
i couldn't resist the creative censoring. from Film Experience Blog: filmexperience.blogspot.com

It must be noted that Ewan McGregor’s nude scenes did a lot for my development from a girl into a woman. Much more than any Judy Blume book ever could.

No matter how much I giggled over them, truth was, I was getting an education.

I was weirded out by the idea that it’s OK for women to run around nekkid on the screen, but not for men. Male nudity was what I really craved. I hated how there was a lot of nervousness about the whole thing, or how it was almost obligatory to refer to the male body as “funny-looking” or whatever. Ewan McGregor knew he had to provide for my needs, and the needs of millions of other women out there, and provide he did. I’m glad that he became angry when Sony Classics decided that his naked body, as featured in “Young Adam,” was not fit for viewing on American screens. It’s quite fit actually, love. 😉 And we wants MOAR!

... and I dig the hair. picture from ibabuzz.com
... and I dig the hair. picture from ibabuzz.com

I think the other reason why Ewan McGregor remains such a big star – why girls like me where able to grow up on him, and still have him in our celebrity drool matrix today, has to do with other issues of non-conformity. McGregor, for example, wears eyeliner just as well as his naked body. “Eyeliner,” you’re thinking, “what’s the big deal about eyeliner?”

Seeing that as a teenage girl, I became excited. As much as I like to adorn and decorate myself, I also rather enjoy it when men adorn and decorate themselves as well. Much like Cher from “Clueless,” I don’t think it’s particularly great that for so many years, men just weren’t asked to consider make-up and other fun trappings. Men still aren’t required to try as hard as women, and even though I think that we should all essentially try a little less since the beauty industry is out of control, I think the idea of a man adorning himself this way is pretty great. I’m a woman who’s into make-up, and I wish more men were into it. Because it’s hot and it’s fun to play around with that sort of thing. Being able to share something that you consider hot and fun with a man is nothing short of awesome. And McGregor does it so much better than Zac Efron (learn from the masters, Zac).

12 thoughts on “By Popular Request: the Triumphant Return of Mark Wahlberg and Ewan McGregor

  1. Excellent choices. I agree that Mark Wahlberg is actually a very talented actor (& Ewan too, but that one’s not up for debate). I actually can’t be attracted to a guy I think is a bad actor, which is why the only movie I find Brad Pitt sexy in is Fight Club (ONE EXCEPTION: Orlando Bloom. he can’t act and he looks like an elf. yet, I swoon every time! go figure).

  2. I basically have the same feelings for Orlando. I think he *can* be good, when he wants to be (like, his cameo on “Extras” was hilarious, imho), but I don’t think that most of his roles have really engaged him comically – and I think comedy is what he’s best at. He made a big splash with LotR (I LOVE his Legolas, I don’t care what the haters think), and then went on to all of these leading-man/Errol Flynn type roles, when it probably would have been better for him to hone his skills in small parts in ensemble casts, and that just didn’t happen.

    I still adore him though.

  3. Orlando is just pure cheesecake. I don’t care that he isn’t the best of actors the man just needs to smile and I am done.
    Can I throw out a line for Johnny Depp. I have been all over him since 21 jump street and yet I know I am showing my age. I think he looked the best in chocolat. MMM yep cheesecake material.

  4. This objectifying of mens bodies, with precious little mention of their towering intellect and social conciousness…well…call me dismayed, dismayed, I say.

  5. I adore both Mark and Ewan. What I can’t figure out is how both of these men have worked with so many of the same people and yet they haven’t worked -together- yet! I’m waiting oh so impatiently for it to happen.

  6. What’s so hot about Ewan MacGregor is that understated nice guy thing. He reminds you of the guys that were in the background when you were young, the ones you didn’t notice until the buff self centred ones you dated once or twice engaged in some mortifying jock behaviour, like teasing a chubby girl or groping your best friend.

    Ewan reminds you of the guy that cheered you up by taking you to his uncle’s farm and teaching you to ride a horse, or playing Dungeons and Dragons with you for the first time. He’s like the quiet guy with some sexy talent like ballet, that left the chest-pounding jocks in the dust.

    Ewan reminds you of the sensitive guy that cheered you up after you got dumped for the first time, with a gift neither you nor your first guy ever had a clue about. Ewan reminds you of the first guy that ever demonstrated what the male tongue is really for.

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