Saturday, August 03, 2019

My New Favorite Movie Idol

When I was very young, ages ago, in the Fifties I used to go to the movies every Saturday matinee.  

Like any young gay boy of the Fifties (of which I was the only one of course) I had my movie idols. Those gorgeous men who made my heart throb and engender those "stirrings" in me that often resulted in wet dreams.  Yes, I said it.

One of my first movie idols was Farley Granger. 

Farley Granger - 50's movie idol (not a nice person, I found out later)
I remember watching a series of films he was in with Shelley Winters. Every time Farley's gorgeous face came on the screen in one of those giant closeups, my heart would skip a beat. "If only" I thought this handsome man could whisk me away from my dull, hum drum life on Washington Avenue and transport me off to what I imagined paradise to me.  Many years later when I saw an older Farley on a TV soap opera (he still looked pretty good by the way) I thought "What was I thinking?"  This guy is obviously gay and just a pretty boy and still in the closet at that. Something that has always turned me off about some gay guys.

Another heart throb of mine was Guy Madison. 

Guy Madison -"Wild Bill" - be still my heart!
Oh how I used to watch those early TV episodes of "Will Bill Hitchcok".  Guy with that nice slim bod of his in that fringed buckskin outfit he wore. More skipping of my heartbeat when I watch "Will Bill" sling it out in a gun fight kneeling down hiding behind those giant rocks with bullets ricocheting all over the place. Take me away Will Bill!  Later on in life I saw Wild Bill, aged but still looking pretty darn good.  However, I had lost my interest in him by then.  Even when I saw nude pictures of him, nothing there.  

Since that time I can't remember one movie actor that has caused my long dormant feelings longing for the unattainable to rekindle. That ended a few weeks ago when I began watching this Australian TV series called "A Place to Call Home."  

The series is about a woman returning to her home in Australia in the early Fifties after twenty years in Europe, including World War II and the Spanish Civil War.  On the ship home she meets a man accompanying his mother to their home in Australia.  He is in his fifties and his name is George Bligh.  They meet in the hallway of the ship they're traveling on after "Sarah", the main character attended his mother who has a heart condition.  Sarah is a nurse.  "George" lays his eyes on Sarah and is immediately taken with her. I lay my eyes on George and am immediately taken with him.  

Those eyes; sparkling, inquisitive and providing a window into his good soul. 

As George makes eye contact with Sarah, he smiles. A crooked smile. I am a sucker for crooked smiles.

George approaches Sarah to introduce himself and I notice he has the same posture as I do, rounded shoulders and neck protruding forward.  All my life I wanted a ramrod straight back but could never have one because I have curvature of the spine. I always thought it was my fault I didn't have a straight back posture because I was lazy or defective in someway.  I found out much later in life I have the very common condition of curvature of the spine.  I was not alone. However, I never saw an actor who had the same condition I did. Now I did. And he was handsome and charming.  Who was this man?  I checked and I found his name is Brett Climo.  Never heard of him!

All my adult life, I always felt left out because I never fell for the charms of the movie and TV actors, Brad Pitt does nothing for me. In fact I don't even like him as a person. I've seen some of his interviews and he comes across as a pompous, self absorbed ass. Not likable at all.

I could go down a whole list of actors that many others find movie idol worthy:

Leonardo DiCaprio
Johnny Depp
Matthew McConaughey (ugh!)
Tom Hanks
Roberty Downey
Christian Bale (are you kidding?)
Matt Damon (nice guy, sexless to me)
Bradley Cooper (I do like Bradley)
Timothy Chalamet (I DO not understand)

Just a short list, I could go on. Many other fine actors but no one I would want to have dinner (or more) with. No one that lights up the screen for me. But this Brett Climo, I LOVE this guy!

Who knew I still had those fires raging within me?  

Maybe someday I'll get to met Brett in person. But that's about all, he's straight and married. Shame.

By the way, I like the older Brett much better than the younger Brett. I'm into older guys. Always have been, always will.


Anonymous said...

Most enjoyable and very well written. Roderick

Joel Reisteter said...

Farley Granger really, really caught my eyes in Strangers On A Train. Great movie, great story. He has a few lines with Patricia Hitchcock, Sir Alfred's daughter. I've seen Stangers several times on Turner Classic Movies.
I still think he looked very good in his later years.

Joel Reisteter said...

Brett Climo is great lookin' eye candy in my opinion. Excellent actor.
But, as you said earlier...

Raybeard said...

Ron, re: Farley Granger - I'm always equally amused and fascinated that in 'Strangers on a Train' he, closeted gay then, plays the heroic, hetero victim up against the gay, evil, effeminate, mother-fixated, father-hating Robert Walker, an actor actually famed for his women-philandering. I often wonder if Hitch knew the truth about Granger at the time and took a kind of sadistic pleasure in casting him in the 'straight' role.

Btw: In your list of significant contemporary male screen presences I can't help noticing two absentees in particular , both of whom are generally deemed to be 'hot', including by me - viz. Jake Gyllenhall & Hugh Jackman, both of whom press my own buttons HARD!
I'm also with you on Bradley Cooper (most definitely) and Tim Chalamet (WTF?)

Peter said...

I agree. Just finishing watching A Place... and am in love with him.

Ron said...

Thank you! Sometimes I take the time to write from my heart. This was one of those blog posts.
Have a great day!

Ron said...

You're right about Farley Granger. I always enjoyed watching him in his early movies. I was surprised at how good he looked in his later years. However, I lost interest in him when he claimed to be "bisexual" when it's obvious he wasn't . You either are gay or your aren't. I don't buy the whole "bisexual" thing. Elton John claimed to be bisexual once just to treat the tightrope of public acceptance. I'm glad he finally came out gay. I have a lot more respect for him now. I don't have respect for gays who try to be something they're not. I didn't believe Farely was bisexual at all. Not that he couldn't have sex with women, which I don't think he ever did but still. Be authentic.

Ron said...

Oh I really like Bret Climo. I bet he's as nice in real life as he is in the series. I'm very attracted to men who not only look good but are good people. That hasn't been my experience with good-looking men though. Pat is the exception. A good-looking guy and a real sweetheart personality. Genrous, kind and thoughtful. A dynamite combination.

Ron said...

I agree with you whole heartedly on Hugh Jackman. I think he is sexy as hell and a nice guy. I was thinking of adding him to my list. I used to like Jake but not some of the movies he made later, too dark. I lost interest in him. One who I can't stand is Brand Pitt. Go away Brad.

Mike, Studio City said...

Just wanted to say hi, it's a nice day and we are getting ready for our afternoon swim.

Ur-spo said...

I have not heard of most of these fine fellows.

Practical Parsimony said...

One of my gay friends say he is bisexual. I believe him. He has nothing to prove by saying that since most of his friends are straight women or gay men. None of us are into judging people. That is why we are friends with him.

Ron said...

Practical Parsimony,
I didn't use to believe anyone could be bisexual but my opinion has evolved over time. I myself can't imagine being bisexual but then I can't imagine being straight either. So this is on me.

Ron said...

Mike, Studio City,
Always good to hear from you Mike! Oh how I wish I could go out in my backyard for a swim. Maybe someday.

Ron said...

I love this series "A Place to Call Home." I think Someone would like it too.

Anonymous said...

And what about Armie Hammer , Ron ?