(Not much on language, but some male eye-candy.)

Just viewed on tv, a 2003 Smallville episode “Prodigal”, with an actor credited as Paul Wasilewski playing an intense Lucas Luthor. During the course of the episode, the actor shows off his body in an exercise routine — looking roughly like this:


A serious hunk who works out and is proud of the result.

A while after this, the actor changed his stage name (for obvious reasons), to Paul Wesley, and continued an intense workout program, shaping a seriously ripped (and bulked-up) body for himself:


Here he’s doing a feint at a crotch grab for his audience.

(My own taste is for the Wesley in #1. Your mileage might vary.)

From Wikipedia:

Paul Wesley (born Paweł Tomasz Wasilewski; July 23, 1982) is an American actor, director, and producer. He is known for his role as Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries.

He was born and raised in the U.S., to Polish parents, and for some years he spent some time each year living in Poland. As for the name, he went from Pawel Wasilewski to Paul Wasilewski to Paul Wesley.

On the tv show, from Wikipedia:

The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. The series premiered on The CW on September 10, 2009.

The series takes place in Mystic Falls, Virginia, a fictional small town haunted and surrounded by supernatural beings. The series narrative follows the protagonist Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) as she falls in love with vampire Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) and is drawn into the supernatural world as a result. As the series progresses, Elena finds herself drawn to Stefan’s brother Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) resulting in a love triangle.

Somerhalder, Dobrev, and Wesley:


(Rotten Tomatoes has a sampling of “50 years of vampire TV shows”, from Dark Shadows to three current series, including The Vampire Diaries.)

For some time now, lycanthropy and shirtless masculinity have gone hand in hand, on tv and in film. Earlier on this blog, we’ve had “Lycanthropic shirtlessness” of 7/2/13, on hunk Taylor Lautner in the Twilight Saga films, and the next-day followup “Music and words”, with pianist Jeremy Denk blogging entertainingly about Lautner’s abs.

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