Saturday, January 09, 2010

Pure Indulgence Part 2

Aka in continuation of the Hot Older Men On TV post.
Feel free to heckle me. I just click "delete comment", with appreciation of your efforts, of course. :)

Wanted to do this quite some time ago, but don't really know why I didn't get round to it.
To the right is Campbell Scott, who has a recurring role on Royal Pains.
He plays a mysterious tycoon with a sprawling home in the Hamptons, who hires an ER physician to be his "concierge doctor", mostly for the purpose of hiding a hereditary neurological disorder from the prying public ( and more importantly, company shareholders ).
Film buffs will remember Mr. Scott from Dying Young, in which he co-starred with Julia Roberts. It was a sappy romance with lots of plot loopholes, and the whole thing was terribly forgettable.
Nice to see he's aged wonderfully. Very athletic and distinguished, and sports a cool European accent in Royal Pains, which adds to the overall appeal.
Here's my other sentimental favourite ( the first being Josh Charles ) - Andrew McCarthy, who also appears sporadically in Royal Pains, but who was also seen recently in Lipstick Jungle.
In Royal Pains, he portrays yet another rich bloke, this time an absent father to his haemophilia-stricken and extremely precocious teenage son.
He also wears the most gorgeous suits, and looks bloody fabulous. :D
I'm a big fan of his, beginning with his early roles in Mannequin ( co-starring Kim Cattrall, who later played nymphomaniac Samantha on Sex And The City ), Sixteen Candles and St. Elmo's Fire. Very thankful for the fact that he hasn't lost any of that terrific hair.
Last, but certainly not least, is Simon Baker from The Mentalist.
He previously starred in another TV drama series titled The Guardian, but didn't make any headway till his small role in The Devil Wears Prada, which I strongly suspect is due to a drastic change in his hairstyle - from an earlier buzz cut, to wavy curls.
Well, maybe his more light-hearted persona also contributed to his recent success. Was always so intense and glum in The Guardian, but played an unscrupulous flirt in Prada.
As the so-called "mentalist", he spends a lot of screen time playing amusing mind games with his colleagues - and occasionally, witnesses.
I also love the fact that he's constantly dressed to the nines, in a full suit and even a waistcoat, striding around in the sunshine and even climbing up and down hills and mountains in this getup.
Not realistic at all, but great to watch!
( Not entirely impossible either. Was in Rome during the sweltering July season in 2005, and saw lots of Italian men running around in their suits, eating gelato. I just kept thinking, "Why the heck don't they take those jackets off?" )
Succumbed to the public library's collection yet again.
Have borrowed Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton, she of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series, and whose short stories in Strange Candy greatly impressed.
Also grabbed a copy of Mr. Darcy, Vampyre. Believe it or not!
( Was hunting for Tom Holland's Vampyre, about Lord Byron, but someone borrowed it, argh! )
Okay so the Amazon reviews aren't exactly good, but I'll probably leave this until I finish the other 2 books I'm hanging on to, then speed-read through the whole thing.
The 3rd novel is none other than a Jeff Lindsay tome. The Dexter TV series is based on his work, and I can't for the life of me remember which title I have, but it's definitely not something from Seasons 1/2/3. Somewhere around 2.5 maybe ( he's engaged to Rita, hasn't gotten married yet ).
Reviews to follow at a later date.

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