Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Hollywood History of the Abs

Or abs we have seen, sometimes laughed at, sometimes lusted over and always (almost) enjoyed watching.

Some days you just have to go with the flow and today is that day. It's chilly, windy, raining off and on. My upstairs thug neighbor has started his afternoon serenade of really really boring and loud music and I just want to have some peace and quiet. So, I went looking for fun stuff to cheer me up

From the website "Go Fug Yourself"...(photos at the link to protect the innocent..but who could resist one of Butler in all his CGI/airbrushed glory)

"Hollywood's latest sword-and-sandal epic Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time opens Friday, and while the draw is ostensibly fancy action sequences and video-game tie-ins, there's a reason we and likely many others are privately referring to it as Not Without My Abs: The Jake Gyllenhaal Story. In fact, Jake's foray into shirtless beefcakery so overshadows the rest of the film that it inspired us to study all the sandaled studs who've come before, so we can appreciate it not just hedonistically, but also historically. Through the following intensive, exhaustive, courageous examination of the male torso, we've one vital conclusion: The loincloths may remain the same, but the abs, they are a-changin'."


Zoomie said...

I guess Cary Grant and William Holden never made an epic movie, which is a bit of a shame, really. :-) The part this article misses is that all these guys had terrific shoulders (except perhaps Alexander) and that makes up for a lot.

dargie said...

I always know where to find the beef. *g*

namastenancy said...

Easy to see what you two are interested in - the art of the ab (or where's the beef).
Now that I think about it, both Cary Grant and William Holden should qualify for honorable mention in the same category as Kirk in Spartacus. But the one who should have headed the pack (no pun intended) was Burt Lancaster. In his heyday, there was nobody more gorgeous with a body that women swooned over.
Well, I swooned when I watched him in all these swashbuckling movies.
Now, if he'd only been a a few more sword and toga epics. Or, to heck with the sword - just a man in a short, short tunic. Loincloth works for me as well.