So we found out last week through a leak that Channing Tatum would be crowned People magazine’s “The Sexiest Man Alive.” I personally have no problem with that, but I’ve heard Channy called everything from “potato face” to “completely undeserving,” so there are a lot of feelings involved here. The Ryan Goslingstans are still mad, and maybe rightfully so, but there are many other men that made this year’s list.
‘The Voice’ coach Blake Shelton makes the cut this year. His wife Miranda Lambert calls him “very caring and loyal”, which is pretty sexy to me.
Sadly, ‘Thor‘ star Chris Hemsworth isn’t shirtless here. His career has been blowing up lately, but we might skip the remake of ‘Red Dawn,’ even though he looks pretty hot in it.
Richard Gere is the oldest guy on the list, and a former “Sexiest Man Alive.”
The second oldest, Denzel Washingtonhas also held the title. I hope some of the younger guys on this list age as well as they do.
There is an awful lot of Oscar-buzz about Flight already, particularly targeting Denzel. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more than just one nomination for this film. The entire production and cast look superb.
Yes. I want to see this film. Flight opens November 2, 2012.
Denzel Washington is one of the best actors of our time, and one of the most famous men in the world, just don’t tell him that. The 57-year old two-time Academy Award winner sat down with Michael Hainey for the annual StylePlaybook to talk about his influences and why he’s not a celebrity.
Is there an actor who has influenced you? There’s a scene in The Godfather II. De Niro’s in a theater. And he’s looking back. It’s just a look. I don’t think I’ve ever imitated another actor, but there’s nothing wrong with learning from them.
Are there any roles you’ve turned down that you regret? Seven and Michael Clayton. With Clayton, it was the best material I had read in a long time, but I was nervous about a first-time director, and I was wrong. It happens. (OMG can you imagine Denzel and Brad together in a movie!)
In some ways, you’re a cipher. There’s not much you put out there. But that’s not my job to put stuff out there. Sidney Poitier told me this years ago: “If they see you for free all week, they won’t pay to see you on the weekend, because they feel like they’ve seen you. If you walk by the magazine section in the supermarket and they’ve known you all their life, there’s no mystery. They can’t take the ride.” My professional work is being a better actor. I don’t know how to be a celebrity.
When the Denzel biopic is made, what would an actor need to have in his performance to make you say, “He got me”? That suggests I know what it is, and I don’t want to know what it is. That’s part of the mystery. It is what it is. I don’t go, “I gotta make sure I put some of that Denzel Washington-ism in the movie.” I don’t want tricks. I don’t want to lose my mojo.
Training Day has become a new classic. A lot of credit goes to Antoine Fuqua, the director. He brought the gangster aspect into it. The script was more like a 2000 version of a Lethal Weapon kind of guy. That line “King Kong ain’t got nothin’ on me“—I made that up. The character’s ego, he just did not think he could lose. That was his problem.
What did you feel when Whitney died? Whitney was my girl, and she had done so well in recovery. And that is the toughest part about addiction.
Were you friends still? Not “talk every month” friends, but I talked to her from time to time. And that was a monster drug that got ahold of her, it was a mean one. You can’t go back to that one. Nobody beats that. I look at people—and I don’t think I’m speaking out of line—Sam Jackson, I’ve known for thirty-some-odd years, he was down at the bottom. And he came all the way back. And when he cleaned up, he never looked back. But he can’t have that beer, because it might lead to the tough thing.
Whitney was such a sweet, sweet girl and really just a humble girl. You know, they made her this thing. She had a voice, obviously, but they packaged her into this whole whatever, but she was really just this humble, sweet girl. Me and Lenny [Kravitz], we were talking about her yesterday, and it’s more of an example to me or the rest of us to keep it together. I was listening to her song “I Look to You.” It’s prophetic. Maybe I’m speaking out of line. Maybe she thought she could have one. And then the next thing you know, her body was betraying her. She didn’t know that her body was aging quickly. She couldn’t take it. Your body can only take so much. Some people survive [Hollywood and fame], and some people don’t.
You can read the rest of the interview with this GQMF when the issue hits newsstands September 25th.