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Sexiest Man Alive - Emile Hirsch
I've never been the groupy type; never been a member of a fan club. As gorgeous as Brad Pitt is, I've never bothered to Google him. I haven't got the faintest idea of Russel Crow's birthday, or who George Clooney is dating (is he married?). The lives of movie stars never held much interest for me... until I watched “Into the Wild” starring Emile Hirsch. Watching Emile play Christopher McCandless (aka Alexander Supertramp”), I fell in love, first with the character, and then with the actor. Since then, I've watched as many of his movies as I can.
While he stands only 5'7, Emile has the presence of a man of 7' tall. Even with veteran actors like Sean Penn, he steals each scene. He has the same boyish good looks and remarkable ability to become the role that keeps drawing us back to actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp. Hirsch was quoted as saying “I think I've always been half out of my shell and half in. Sometimes I can be extremely wild and sometimes I can be extremely shy. It just depends on the day.” It's his way of bringing that part of himself to his role that makes his characters so easy to identify with.
He began his acting career with a role in the supernatural television series “Kindred: The Embraced,” and played mostly small roles in television series and low budget movies until he landed the role of Matthew Kidman in “The Girl Next Door” (2004). It was this role, which he almost turned down, that gained him mainstream recognition and launched his career.
After appearing in “Lords of Dogtown” and “Alpha Dog,” in 2006 Hirsch was hand picked by actor/director Sean Penn for the role of a drifter in the film “Into the Wild.” In 2008 he starred in “The Air I Breath,” “Speed Racer,” and another Sean Penn film, “Milk” In August he released “Taking Woodstock,” bringing in more than three million dollars in it's opening weekend. Right now he is working on the title role in “Hamlet” to be released next year.
While it may seem disconnected from the rest of this article, this final quote must be shared: “James Dean taught me not to speed, River Phoenix taught me not to DO speed, and Marlon Brando taught me to slow down on the cheeseburgers.”