From Pretty Boys to Leading Men
A CultureMap®
by Sid Rosenzweig
Published on 2/21/14
7 TOPICS / 8 CONNECTIONS

The movies have always valued male as well as female beauty, but good film storytelling requires acting ability, not just great abs. This map tracks the careers of a few actors who successfully transitioned from eye candy to Oscar bait. Along the way, we’ll stare at the monochrome past, when beauty meant “white,” and ogle the more colorful present, when the “Sexiest Man Alive” can be anyone—as long as he’s a celebrity.

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Denzel Washington
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People’s “Sexiest Man Alive”

Denzel Washington
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George Clooney

George Clooney
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Magic Mike

George Clooney
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Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt
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Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp
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People’s “Sexiest Man Alive”

People’s “Sexiest Man Alive”
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Ryan Gosling

Magic Mike
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Brad Pitt