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Last week he was out in the backyard, later this week he comes inside to clean up.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Ever since the beginning of FH, reporting on television shows, and television hunks has always been a focus. Although I got my tv news from a variety or sources, one of my favorites places to go was without a doubt TV Tattle.
What is happening with Pepper? Is Lucy coming back to Dallas? Who is the next guy skinning on True Blood? No matter what my question, TV Tattle usually was able to point me in the right direction. The site ended suddenly this week after 11 years. The Hollywood Reporter reports the issue was simply a financial one. I hope the owner finds a way to work things out as his site was one of the best sources of television news out there.
It seems a rather odd phenomenon to see actors that you were first introduced to as child stars, grow up and start doing adult material. I guess it has always happened, but as my thirties race by, there are more and more actors who I was first introduced to as teenagers, now in their twenties and thirties doing more adult like roles.
Actor Michael Angarano always seemed to be on the brink of adulthood though. Like many, I was first introduced to Michael when he played Jack's son on Will & Grace. Although still a teen, the character was always surrounded by fairly adult material on the show and part of the joke was always that he was wiser and more mature than most of the adult characters.
Even then, there was something in Michael that stood out. Talented for sure, but he was not your carbon cutter teen actor and it was clear early that he was going to go on to bigger and better roles. I have been impressed with the the young actors choices in movies and roles, and now at 25, he has a slew of great projects on his resume. I have not seen them all, but I developed a respect for his work in Red State and Ceremony and look forward to seeing him with Julianne Moore in The English Teacher.
Below: With Sean Hayes in Will & Grace
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I am not sure if I could sleep at night if this particular guy was living next door... Regular readers of FH will recognize this Calculated Musician who I regularly feature on the blog. I was surprised when a blog reader sent me the link last fall to Next Door Magazine's website which featured these incredible images from New York photographer Thomas Evans.
I was familiar with the magazine, but had not known of their site. One of my favorite parts of Playgirl Magazine used to be when regular guys sent in their own images for publication. If you visit Next Door, you will see for yourself some truly hot images in their gallery of models, including more of our feature model shown here!
I want to thank Next Door's publisher Indigo for supporting me sharing these great images from Thomas. He drove a hard bargain however which included my participation in the Everyman feature in the March issue. Check our more and order your own copies of past issues HERE:
Writing about actor Don Johnson is even to me a rather odd choice for a blog which holds favorites as it’s theme. Don Johnson has never really been a favorite actor of mine, in fact until this year I am not sure I even saw anything he was in.
I was about 8 or 9 when Miami Vice premiered on NBC. At the time, there was no such thing as a DVR and we didn’t even have a VCR until a few years later. From what I remember, for most of the 80's, Friday night at my families home was Dallas night. My parents loved the show and as I got older, I joined them in what was really the only television show I remember us sitting down and watching as a family. Therefore, I never watched the show that aired opposite Dallas, not then, and not now.
Anyone who has a cat knows that they often do this push pull thing with your hand. They pull it in with their front paws, while simultaneously , pushing it away with their rear paws, leaving you scratched and often bloody. This is sort of how I feel about Don....
What I did know about Miami Vice and Don Johnson came from newspapers and magazines. Miami Vice came big for a hot minute and for a short while Johnson was everywhere. First off, Johnson was in his mid to late thirties at the time, so given my age, he was just another old, but good looking actor from television. When I did see him on television and in print, I found he seemed to give off an almost arrogant, know it all attitude I found a turn off.
Below: Taken in 1976 in Mexico, the images below appeared in the 1986 issue of Playboy.
As I grew into my teens however, when I would see him on televison and in magazines, I also found his arrogance was contrasted with an innate sexual presence that caused the sort of push/pull feeling I described above. Researching Don for the posts today, it makes total sense given his background. He was just 12, when he lost his virginity and from then on there always seemed to be a woman, especially an older one, by his side. Don already had experienced close to a quarter of a century by the time I was introduced to him in the mid-eighties, of being admired ogled and maybe sometimes exploited both women and men. Having the range of sexual experiences, both in real life and on screen, makes his arrogance, or maybe better worded, self confidence, more understandable now that I am older.
Earlier this year I saw what I think was my first Don Johnson performance in Django Unchained. Because of this, I was researching Don for a post I did earlier in the year, Django Uncovered. In that research I once again came upon Don’s images from film The Harrad Experiment and the play The Fortune and Men’s Eyes. There is something about Don’s appearance during this time that is particularly sexy, and sexual. The blonde hair, those lips, the body and a feeling the young man in the images was game for pretty much anything. Since that post, I made a point of finding and watching some of Don’s early work, the first priority being The Harrad Experiment. Don did not disappoint.
I still have little interest in watching Miami Vice or Nash Bridges, not because Don is older, but because tv cop shows usually bore me to tears. Don Johnson however, has become a favorite hunk to look back on for what he evokes in me. I think we all have a Don Johnson in our past, a guy who turned us off most times, pushing us away for one reason or another. At the same time, this same guy had the power, when the moment was right to pull us in, and pull us hard.
Fortune and Men's Eyes is a 1967 play and 1971 film by John Herbert about a young man's experience in prison, exploring themes of homosexuality and sexual slavery. The title comes from William Shakespeare's Sonnet 29 which begins with the line "When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes". It has been translated into forty languages and produced in over a hundred countries. It is the most published Canadian play, and won the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award.
In 1969 the play was produced and directed by Sal Mineo at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles. Don Johnson played the lead role of Smitty, a young man sentenced to six months in prison for marijuana possession, who eventually becomes the sexual subordinate of another inmate, Rocky.
Check out more information, including a great account of the LA production on The Sal Mineo Official Website HERE: