Welcome to the most controversial edition of HDH yet! Not because the hottie in question is a controversial person who fills the tabloids or makes a political stand, but because his status as a hottie is frequently called into question.
Example: I told a good friend whom I was planning on posting this week. Her response, "Oh, no! Please reconsider." And appointed herself a mission to find a suitable replacement.
I've encountered that kind of reaction many times in the past. There are those who see him and think, "Oh yeah, I want him to shove me out of the way of a moving train... and then stop the train his with phenomenally built bod. And then we'll get to my other plans for that bod." But there are others, just as numerous I believe, who think, "Ew! He is just too ugly to love." I clearly fall under the first category.
What do I love about this guy? Well... He had a very interesting upbringing, being raised in an artist's housing project in Greenwich Village. He started acted at the age of seven and travelled through the New York acting ranks of repertory theatres and off-off-broadway shows. He was a bouncer! (And I picture him as the type who could get the creepy guy off your back in half a second and who'd volunteer to escort you safely to your car... mmmm.) He wrote, directed, and filmed his own short film--at a cost of $3000--which eventually showed at the Cannes Film Festival. This film caught the attention of Steven Spielberg, who cast him as the heroic Italian-American soldier, Private Adrian Caparzo, in Saving Private Ryan. He has been playing kick-butt heroes--and tormented heroes in bad boy costume--ever since.
Why do I love him so when others don't? Is it just his face that sparks the controversy--though I personally find nothing wrong with his face. We've talked about this before, on Buzz Blog, the idea of liking a guy for something more than appearance. Is that what this is? Are some women drawn to something deeper than his surface while other can't get past it? Or is there another reason why half the female population adores him and the rest are repulsed by him?
Thankfully for me, his returns at the box office don't seem to be affected by this controversy. As long as he keeps making action movies I'll go see them.
So, the Hottie Question of the Week is... Vin Diesel: Yay or nay?