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TV Tuesday: I Like My Men Scruffy and a Little Odd

Got into a brief conversation this morning on Twitter about why I can’t be arsed to read or care about the Twilight books. Basically it comes down to:

1) I’m not a big fan of vampire books/mythology to begin with (although I do love Emma Petersen’s vampires, but that’s because I love anything she writes!).

2) I find the idea of a hero and heroine who have to be stunted at age 18, both physically and emotionally, to have an HEA unappealing.

But that’s not really the subject of my post. Because it dawned on me that while I can find sexy young men nice to look at in a distant sort of way, I’m not nearly as attracted to men in their late teens or twenties as I am to men in their forties and even fifties. Almost all of my favorite TV shows feature male leads who are on the older, scruffier side. (The primary exception to that rule is BURN NOTICE, whose Jeffrey Donovan is neither old nor scruffy, but it has Bruce Campbell in the wonderful supporting role of Sam, and if he’s not older and scruffier, I don’t know who is, lol.)

I’ve also realized I like them odd. Just a little off. Not quite normal.

For proof of my peculiar tastes, I offer the following as my two favorite leading men, bar none:

  • Hugh Laurie
  • hughlaurieI’m embarrassed to admit that I completely ignored House for its first two seasons on TV because I didn’t realize that the irascible Dr. Gregory House was played by none other than Hugh Laurie. (It was the flawless American accent that confused me, I swear!)

    I’ve loved Laurie practically forever, having never missed him in Black Adder (an absolutely hilarious, must-see series for any British history buff) or Jeeves and Wooster, or any of a half a dozen other Britcoms he appeared in over the years. (One of my favorite bits is of him and Stephen Frye doing “Are You Being Serbed.” Slayed me.)

    I have to admit, though, that I never fully appreciated the brilliance of his acting until I saw House. It’s quite a feat, in my opinion, to make such a selfish, unlikeable character so sympathetic and to imbue him with so much humanity despite all his unpleasant characteristics. (I just hope the show didn’t jump the shark this last season with his descent into hallucination. I was very disappointed when I discovered a lot of what happened toward the end of the season wasn’t real.)

  • Jeff Goldblum

  • jeff-goldblumI’m not sure I’ve ever been happier with my TV set than when I found out Jeff Goldblum was joining the cast of Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Now, I like Vincent D’Onofrio’s Bobby Goren, but (scruffiness aside), he’s not quite my type.

    Goldblum’s Nichols, though–that man has got it going on! I don’t know how he does it, but he manages to be both odd-looking and incredibly handsome all at the same time. There’s just something not quite right about the man, and yet, I find that’s exactly what’s so attractive about him, and it fascinates me. Charisma is an odd and powerful thing that I’ve yet to fully understand, but whatever it is, Goldblum has it. And I’m so happy he’s sharing it with me on Sunday nights at 9.

What about you? Got any favorite leading (or supporting) men you think others might find a little “odd?” I’d love to hear.


  • B.E. Sanderson August 12, 2009 at 7:59 am

    I’m with you on Hugh Laurie, but Goldblum has never done it for me. I like older men, and scruffy is good depending on the guy. (My Hubby is 16 yrs older, but un-scruffy.) For instance, Sean Connery in The Rock is hot. And Russell Crowe in Master and Commander – definitely scruffed up, but Yowza. =o)

  • Kris Eton August 12, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I am a HUGE House fan and part of it is the scruffy…the other part is the whole ‘wounded’ man thing. But it’s his sharp biting wit/comments that really win me over. Oh and those EYES!

    Jeff Goldblum is total weirdo who I also find very appealing. I think it has something to do with his voice. He has this interesting speaking voice, and he’s so tall, and odd…and, like you said, charismatic.

    I will have to add early Nicholas Cage (b/c I think he’s starting to ‘jump the shark’ for me) to the pile. He is not that attractive in a classical Brad Pitt way, but he’s interesting. And once again, the odd voice or line delivery…and the scruffy factor.

  • Jill Sorenson August 12, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Totally agree about Goldblum! He’s of my all-time faves. Mixture of intelligence and that cute Jewish boy thing. Pluse his body is sick in The Fly.

  • Amie August 17, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    LOVE Goldblum but not to date LOL

    LOVE Laurie but love him even more when he plays the guitar *sucker*

  • Amie August 17, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    You TOTALLY need to check out Royal Pains—the doc’s brother is a HOOT!!! (if too young for you)

  • Fanya May 18, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I totally agree with you..,lucy


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