Dominic Monaghan

(No linguistic interest here. All about men I find attractive, so it’s filed under “Gender and Sexuality”.)

Will Parsons posted on Google+ two days ago about the tv series Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan:

I love that someone referred to this as… “The Crocodile Hunter: Hobbit Edition” [a reference to Monaghan’s Hobbit role in the Lord of the Rings movies] …  a quote from the show “this is the very last piece of the largest snake I’ve ever had the pleasure to hold onto” [ok, unintended double entendres] … He isn’t naked enough in this show.

My response:

I’ve been a fan of Monaghan’s since the Hetty Wainthropp days (1996-98). Cute, sweet, sexy. But Will is almost surely right that there won’t be nearly enough of him naked.

And Will in return:

What impressed me is his absolute commitment and willingness to place himself in personal danger. This doesn’t strike me as a “let’s put a cute actor near the baby tiger and get a photo” kind of show. He is doing some seriously risky stuff with these wild critters.

Well, Monaghan is definitely one of my “types”: a relatively small guy (5′7″), slim. And projecting sweetness, openness, and earnestness. (For me, hotness is as much a matter of character as body type.)

Monaghan in Wild Things, with a facial tarantula and looking serious:

And at a benefit event by the cast of the tv series Lost:

Some Wikipedia basics:

Dominic Bernard Patrick Luke Monaghan (… born 8 December 1976) is a German-born English actor. He has received international attention from playing Meriadoc [Merry] Brandybuck in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and for his role as Charlie Pace on the television show Lost.

… Although Monaghan held many occupations when he was younger, he always wanted to be an actor. After his second year at St. Anne’s, Monaghan became a regular in school plays such as Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and Bugsy Malone before joining Manchester Youth Theatre. There, he was scouted for Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, on which he played Hetty’s under-aged sidekick, Geoffrey Shawcross, for four series. He made his feature film debut as Russian sailor Sasha in TV film Hostile Waters.

Monaghan later starred in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as Meriadoc Brandybuck, for which he achieved international acclaim and success.

… In November 2012, A new show on Channel 5 titled Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan began airing. The show shows Monaghan travelling to various locations such as Venezuela and Ecuador to film and interact with the exotic and often dangerous local wildlife.

And on the Wainthropp show:

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates is a genteel British crime–comedy drama television series which aired from 1996 to 1998 on BBC One. The series starred Patricia Routledge as the title character (Henrietta “Hetty” Wainthropp), Derek Benfield as her patient husband Robert, Dominic Monaghan as their lodger (and her assistant) Geoffrey Shawcross and John Graham Davies as DCI Adams.

There’s at least one purported photo of Monaghan naked in the shower, which I don’t reproduce because I mostly distrust “naked star” photos (though the man in the photo is undeniably cute), and in any case the banks of fan photos almost entirely lack information about where and when and who they come from, which always makes me feel dubious about them.


2 Responses to “Dominic Monaghan”

  1. Tim1965 Says:

    Dominic Monaghan’s first acting role was on the BBC series “Hetty Wainthrop Investigates.” Patricia Routledge from “Keeping Up Appearances” is Hetty, a middle-aged housewife who decides to play detective in small-time cases — a missing dog, a long-lost relative, etc. In the first episode, she defends a local homeless ruffian, Geoffrey Shawcross (Dominic Monaghan), from accusations that he committed arson. As part of a plea bargain in his other crimes, Hetty agrees to take Geoffrey in. They become partners in crime, while Hetty’s husband minds the house.

    In July 1998, the episode “Something to Treasure” aired. Hetty and Geoffrey (and Geoffrey’s new girlfriend, the tomboy Janet Frazier) travel to the coal country in Wales. A woman says that her cousin found jewels and gold in a coal mine, and Hetty believes it may be the missing goods from a manor house heist some years ago.

    It turns out that the mine owner is pretty sleazy, to top it off. Geoffrey is caught in a cave-in while underground, and barely escapes alive.

    In the scene in question, Dominic Monaghan is seen from the back completely naked while in the shower. There’s a long shot of him soaping his body (while his ass jiggles), and then a close-up of his head as he rinses out his hair. The camera plays down his back and his ass to his feet, where black, soapy water is seen going down the drain. There’s another long-shot as he turns off the shower. His face is almost in profile, but the rest of his body faces (moons?) the camera almos squarely. It is a real scene, not CGI’ed or Photoshopped or anything. Pretty ballsy for young actor in his first role, and for a show notable for its gentleness and lack of sex or violence.

    “Something to Treasure” was the first episode of the last season. BBC cancelled the show in fall 1998.

    Monaghan was cast in LOTR in November or December 1999.

  2. arnold zwicky Says:

    On my taste for small guys, see “In praise of little guys” (on AZBlogX, because of full frontal nudity, here).

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