In my last post I talked about awesome young French actresses; now it’s time for the boys. These guys all have the charisma, good looks, and self-confidence that young male American actors have, but they do away with some of the snark, arrogance, machismo, and wilfull ignorance that’s projected by so many young American actors. I like these guys because they’re smart, soulful, and emotionally present in their work. I wish more young actors were like them.
And, no, I’m not talking about the last generation of guys like Gerard Depardieu, Jean Reno, Daniel Auteuil, Vincent Cassel, or Francois Cluzet–though all those guys are cool. I’m talking about the next generation.
I defy you to watch these guys movies and imagine their roles being played by the likes of Ashton Kutcher, Josh Duhamel, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, or even Jake Gyllenhaal, who has his moments. Maybe guys like I mentioned in my last post (e.g. Peter Sarsgaard, Sam Rockwell, and Mark Ruffalo) could pull it of; maybe, on a very good day, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo diCaprio, Casey Affleck, or those psuedo-Americans Ryan Gosling and Hayden Christensen…if they had a decent script and decent director.