Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Hot Villains - Good or Bad?

(As the title suggests, this blog entry will probably be extremely shallow. You have been warned and I don't want to hear a word about how shallow I am. I am mostly okay with it)

So, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is playing the primary villain in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. I have never found him particularly attractive, but in the posters and even the trailer, he looks pretty hot. Here is a still from the film for you to assess:

Ignore the scary eyes, I'm sure that's been done deliberately to let you know that he is The Villain
I am now conflicted. See, my first instinct was that he can't be attractive because he's the villain, and how am I supposed to hate him if he's so attractive? (Setting aside the fact that I rarely hate the villain because he or she is usually the most interesting character) And Valentine is a BAD guy. So it's weird that they've made him hot, especially since this is a film for teenagers. Then I thought about the fact that they'd probably cast him for any mothers taking their teens to see the film and got depressed because that made me feel really old.

Then I decided it was a good thing that they'd made him attractive, because it showed that even pretty people can do bad things. I don't think this is something we see very often - the funny looking guy, the one that looks like a serial killer, usually ends up being the bad guy. (If I was a better blogger, I'd have examples of this here). I then remembered an article I read about people with scars or facial disfigurements (which you can find here) and was further convinced that Jonathan Rhys Meyers being attractive was a good thing.

Then it occurred to me that of course he is attractive, since he's been cast in a big Hollywood movie. Most people in big Hollywood movies are considered attractive to some extent - even if some people disagree with that assessment - and so maybe it's a bad thing that he was cast. Maybe we should be clamouring for unattractive/less attractive actors to be cast in primary roles, maybe we should insist on judging on acting ability alone.

Then I decided that I really didn't know what I thought (other than JRM is hot and I am depressed that I might find the teenage MC's father more attractive than her boyfriend) and would share that non-knowledge with you. If you've gotten this far, thank you for reading my long and ridiculous blog post. I'd love to hear what you think about the matter, which is obviously of grave importance in the grand scheme of things.

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