Hollywood Sparks

In the September Details magazine (pp. 208-13), a feature, “This Mild-Mannered Father of Five Is Single-Handedly Redefining the Male Ideal: The Love Song of Nicholas Sparks” by Jonathan Miles, about the author of romantic fiction, which features legions of

Everyman paragons of romance, fidelity, hunkiness, vulnerability, and soft-focus desirability that, in the books’ Hollywood adaptations, have supplied hot-and-teary leading-man roles for

many actors, among them Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum, Shane West, Zac Efron, Josh Duhamel, Kevin Costner, and Richard Gere.

On p. 211, a special feature, “When Hollywood Sparks Fly: How playing one of the author’s characters became the ticket to A-list hearthrob status”, on five actors for whom a Sparks-based movie provided a career break-through: Ryan Gosling [The Notebook], Channing Tatum [Dear John], Liam Hemsworth [The Last Song], Zac Efron [The Lucky One], Josh Duhamel [Safe Haven].

Ryan Gosling. Gosling has appeared on this blog in a posting about the Fuck Yeah! Ryan Gosling site:

Googling on {“Ryan Gosling” Tumblr} will get you not only to Fuck Yeah! Ryan Gosling (with its invented “Hey, girl” quotes) but also to Ryan Fucking Gosling, Eff Yeah Ryan Gosling, Feminist Ryan Gosling (with feminist “Hey, girl” quotes: “Hey girl. We *could* keep talking about Spivak’s views of post-structuralism and their engagement with the narrative, but I thought it would be fun to go home, get in bed and watch some Buffy”), sites with video of Gosling self-mockingly reading “Hey, girl” quotes from Fuck Yeah! Ryan Gosling on MTV (here, for instance), and more.


On Gosling:

Ryan Thomas Gosling (born November 12, 1980) is a Canadian actor, director, writer and musician. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse Club (1993–95) and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs including Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1995), Goosebumps (1996), Breaker High (1997–98) and Young Hercules (1998–99). His first serious role was as a Jewish neo-Nazi in The Believer (2001), and he then built a reputation for playing misfits in independent films such as Murder by Numbers (2002), The Slaughter Rule (2002), and The United States of Leland (2003).

Gosling came to the attention of a wider audience in 2004 with a leading role in the romantic drama The Notebook, for which he won four Teen Choice Awards and an MTV Movie Award. (Wikipedia link)

More shirtless Gosling:


Channing Tatum. Tatum was written up on this blog here, with shirtless shots.

Liam Hemsworth.

Liam Hemsworth (born 13 January 1990) is an Australian actor. He took the role of Josh Taylor in the soap opera Neighbours and as Marcus on the children’s television series The Elephant Princess. In 2010, he starred in the American film The Last Song and in 2012, he starred as Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games. Hemsworth’s elder brothers, Luke and Chris, are also actors. (Wikipedia link)

Shirtless shots of Hemsworth:



Zac Efron. Efron appeared shirtless on this blog here, taking a shower.

Zachary David Alexander “Zac” Efron (born October 18, 1987) is an American actor and singer. He began acting professionally in the early 2000s, and became known as a teen idol after his lead roles in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical, the WB series Summerland, and the 2007 film version of the Broadway musical Hairspray. Efron has since starred in the films 17 Again, Me and Orson Welles, Charlie St. Cloud, New Year’s Eve, The Lucky One, and The Lorax (voice only). (Wikipedia link)

More shirtless Efron:



Josh Duhamel. Duhamel was written up on this blog here, with shirtless shots (plus nude shots here).

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