Shirtless Mondays

Viewed yesterday on tv: episodes of the police drama Flashpoint, featuring (among others) the actor David Paetkau; the first Satisfaction show of the new season, featuring actor Matt Passmore; and the sweet comedy film Role Models, featuring actor Seann William Scott. Paetkau occasionally appears shirtless, while the other two do so repeatedly; they are pleased to display their bodies. Here I’m going to post about Paetkau and Passmore, mostly because they are physically similar, and could be taken for brothers (their faces are similar and they both have a broad-shouldered “athlete’s build”, while Scott is facially quite different and has a lean build); but also because they’re not Americans (Paetkau is Canadian, Passmore Australian), while Scott is; and because their (very attractive, hunky) bodies look, in a sense, “natural”, while Scott is a serious bodybuilder, and it shows.

Paetkau and Passmore in this posting, Scott in one to come.

But first, shirtless shots of all three: Paetkau, Passmore, and Scott:




(That’s really close to zero bodyfat.)

Paetkau. I’ll start with the show. From Wikipedia:

Flashpoint is a Canadian police drama television series that debuted on 11 July 2008 on CTV in Toronto. In the United States, the series originally aired on CBS, then aired on Ion Television; in the United Kingdom it aired on Universal Channel.

… The show focuses on a fictional elite tactical unit, the Strategic Response Unit (SRU), within a Canadian metropolitan police force (styled on the Toronto Police Emergency Task Force). The SRU are tasked to resolve extreme situations that regular officers are not trained to handle, including hostage-taking, bomb threats, and heavily armed criminals. Although the team is seldom seen doing so, they do sometimes discuss the “day job” of serving high-risk arrest warrants. Equipped with high-tech tools and a cache of weapons and explosives, members use negotiation tactics and intuition to try to avoid the use of deadly force, which they exert only as a last resort. The outcome of a given situation is often determined by a split-second decision, hence the show’s title.

If you thought of Canadians as gun-averse, this show will challenge your preconceptions: the SRU is awash in weaponry. Here are the four main characters, from the “Who’s George” episode:


Left to right: Amy Jo Johnson as Julianna “Jules” Callaghan (intelligence gatherer, also serves as backup negotiator and sniper), Hugh Dillon as Edward “Ed” Lane (the team’s tactical leader in the field), Enrico Colantoni as Sgt. Gregory “Greg” Parker (leader of the SRU’s Team One and chief negotiator) and David Paetkau as Samuel “Sam” Braddock (the team’s sniper).

For some time, Jules was the only woman on the team; and Johnson is the only American in the main cast (all the rest are Canadians). Meanwhile, the four characters in #4 Are, in a sense, two couples. Greg and Ed are best buddies; they have each other’s backs. (Eventually I’ll post about same-sex friendships in all sorts of tv series.) And Sam and Jules have a friendship that blossomed into something more, and they eventually became (secret) lovers.

On Paetkau, from Wikipedia:

David E. Paetkau (born November 10, 1978) is a Canadian actor, known for his roles as Evan Lewis in Final Destination 2 (2003), the customs officer in LAX (2004), Beck McKaye in Whistler (2006–2008), Ira Glatt in Goon (2011), and Sam Braddock in the CTV television series Flashpoint (2008–2012).

Passmore. Here I’ll start with the actor. From Wikipedia:

Matt Passmore (born 24 December 1973) is an Australian actor. He is known for McLeod’s Daughters (2006–2009), Blue Heelers (2003), and his first American television show, The Glades (2010–2013).

(He’s really good at an American accent in The Glades and in Satisfaction.)

I was a fan of The Glades:

The Glades is a crime drama television series [but also a wry comedy, and a romance], created by Clifton Campbell, that aired on the A&E network for four seasons from July 11, 2010, to August 26, 2013.

The police procedural show starred Matt Passmore as Jim Longworth, a Chicago police detective who becomes a state police detective in a Florida Everglades community. He leaves the Chicago Police Department after being shot in the backside by his captain, who thought Jim was sleeping with his wife. He receives a large settlement from the city of Chicago and settles in Florida for the golf and what he believes will be an easy life. However, Longworth soon discovers that his new hometown is more complex than meets the eye. [He’s regularly bewildered by odd details of the cases he becomes involved in.]

… [The series co-stars] Kiele Sanchez as Callie Cargill, a thirty-something mother who leads a very complicated life. She is a registered nurse simultaneously working and attending medical school and is completely devoted to her studying and to her teenaged son, Jeff, whom she has been raising alone since her husband Ray was sent to prison. She is amused and annoyed by Longworth’s pursuit of her, but is also intrigued by him and perhaps interested in a relationship, despite her general dislike of cops. [Eventually Jim proposes to her, and she accepts.]

Passmore is a delight to watch in the series — engaging, funny, dependable, and committed to finding the truth.


(A poster for the series, which unfortunately doesn’t serve either actor well, but I couldn’t find a better image with both of them in it.)

Shirtless shot #2 above is of Passmore in The Glades, where he manages to appear shirtless a lot. He did the same in McLeod’s Daughters, and does so (unsurprisingly) in Satisfaction, where he plays a male escort (as we say, euphemistically), so we get lots of bedrooom scenes. Here he is clothed:


Then to Satisfaction, from Wikipedia:

Satisfaction is an original drama series that premiered on USA Network on July 17, 2014, at 10 p.m. It was renewed for a second season, which will once again consist of 10 episodes.

Money manager Neil Truman (Matt Passmore) and his wife Grace (Stephanie Szostak) confront their relationship and life issues when Neil finds his wife having intercourse with a male escort. Neil then decides to become an escort himself, unbeknownst to his wife. Neil’s experiences encourage him to then try to rekindle his marriage.


Neil is very good at his escort job — attractive, sexy, attentive to his clients, and all that.

There are, of course, dark sides to this story, and they were very much in the forefront for the season 2 opener, in which Neil abandons his money management job.

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