Just for the record, I'm talking movies and television--because fiction, especially romantic fiction has the alpha-hero in spades. Check out the men in my crit-mate's books in the sidebar if you don't believe me.
The dilemma arose as I was working on my Bix rewrites in which I had him think,
I wish I could be the guy who has the confidence to grab the girl and just plant a kiss on her. Think Indiana Jones.
And then the writer in me thought, "I need a more contemporary reference."
And you know what, I couldn't come up with one. How sad is that?
So I asked my sister if she could come up with one. We considered George Clooney--he certainly has the lips, abs, and debonair in spades. But he doesn't use them to his advantage--I googled images of George's kissing movie moves and came up practically empty. Although there's plenty of him kissing starlets and wannabes.
Hugh Grant--one of my favorite faves--if I had an exception list, he'd be at the top. But he's a romantic kisser, not a heroic kisser--although this kiss in Four Weddings and A Funeral pretty much fits the bill.
But he doesn't really have an iconic role except for being Daniel--the wanker--Cleaver in Bridget Jones, and I'm not sure that's what Bix was going for.
Matt Damon--while a kick ass Jason Bourne--isn't much of a romancer or kisser.
See my dilemma?? What has happened to the alpha-movie hero? Steven Spielberg seemed to realize that while Indiana Jones' adventure would draw the male movie goers in my droves, that he needed a classic romantic story to bring the woman into the theater.
Ryan Gosling--too pretty. Rob Pattinson--too sensitive. Steve Carell-- too funny. Jason Bateman--too glib. Ben Affleck--too controlled.
Where's the guy who's stare is so intense that you quiver in anticipation before he stalks across the room because he can't live another moment if he doesn't kiss you? Consider Rufus Sewell in Dangerous Beauty, Richard Gere in An Officer and A Gentleman, or Clark Gable in Gone With The Wind.
For my purposes, Jordan assured me that I can use the Indiana Jones reference as he is an "iconic character". And I agree. But, I'm kinda of bummed by my realization and I ask you again, "Where have all the heroes gone?"