Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Hump Day Hottie #7

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?


Marley Gibson said...

Ummm...definitely a "yea." I mean, look at those abs.

Marley = )

stephhale said...

yea, yea, yea! I about died the first time I saw him. It was in The Fast & The Furious. Yum. I didn't care for XXX, but The Pacifier was okay. He's just so hottttttt! Good pick, TLC! I totally knew who you were talking about b4 I even saw the pic too.

TJ Brown said...

Oh, yeah. I had such a crush on him when fast and the furious came out. My teens used to tease me about it:)

GeminiWisdom said...

YAY! YAY! YAY! I love his deep voice. And I SO wanted to be that girl twisted around the bed post in Triple X.

Little trivia for ya: did you know he has a twin brother?

TinaFerraro said...

I'm on the fence about Vin Diesel--I see his appeal, but don't feel it. But I love the fact you offered us someone controversial. Sometimes the celebs I find most attractive are no more than a blip on other people's radar, and some of the big names don't do a thing for me. Hurray for taking chances with Vin!


Dona Sarkar-Mishra said...

I have the opposite problem of Tina...I don't see the appeal, but I feel it. I was very much into his character in The Pacifier, but not sure if he's someone I could like outside of his characters...but WOW, what a set of abs!

Young Adult Authors said...

Um... he's okay, but he's got that croaky voice thing going on. So, like Tina, I'm on the fence.

But, yes, those abs are amazing!

Simone Elkeles said...

I think the scratchy voice is his best quality. Those abs are amazing, too! And I have to say that his looks aren't bad. He's a "Yea" in my book!

~Simone Elkeles

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Anonymous said...

Oh, yes, TLC, definitely ... there is just something about him and it's not just the hot bod, ya know?