There’s a certain breed of actor that has found success in Hollywood by being really appealing to women. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s not exactly the way to curry favor among guys. Let’s just say you don’t see a lot of dudes rushing out to see the new Channing Tatum movie on opening weekend. He does what he does and that’s fine, but he’s not going to have male moviegoers lining up to get his autograph.
There are some actors who guys totally geek out over, though. The fandom for these actors goes beyond simply appreciating their acting — it veers all the way to “man crush” territory.
Below, our picks for the top actors you can proudly crush on.
5. Robert Downey Jr.
He started his acting career at age five and worked all the way up to a Best Actor nomination. Then, drugs got the best of him and he ended up in rehab and almost in prison. Rather than allowing his career to fizzle out like so many drug-addicted stars before him, Downey Jr. kicked his addiction in the face and came back to Hollywood bigger and better than ever.
Now, he’s an action hero, a comedy star and he looks better in a suit than just about anyone on the planet. Man crush-worthy? Uh, yeah.
4. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
An up-and-comer in the world of man crushes, Levitt is still only 31 years old. He deserves a lot of credit for overcoming perhaps the worst haircut in television history to become one of the coolest guys on the planet.
When JGL’s not kicking ass in movies like Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, or hosting Saturday Night Live, he’s working on hitRECord, his innovative online production company that helps artists get their projects off the ground.
3. Harrison Ford
Not only did Ford star as two of the most bad-ass characters in movie history, Han Solo and Indiana Jones, as well as a slew of other iconic roles (Apocalypse Now, Blade Runner, The Fugitive, Air Force One), he has turned into one of the most bad-ass real-life old men in the world.
Though he doesn’t come out and admit it, it’s pretty obvious that he’s now a huge stoner who just doesn’t give a f*ck. Watch one of his recent appearances on Letterman or Conan — the dude is so obviously baked out of his mind.
No man crush on Ford? GET OFF HIS PLANE.
2. Sean Connery
Is it creepy to have a man crush on a guy who’s old enough to be your grandpa? If you think so, you clearly don’t get what man crushes are all about. If a guy can’t have a man crush on the original (and still the best) James Bond, then who the hell can he crush on?
Connery is still as smooth and charming as ever — and he never comes across as insincere or contrived. He’s mostly retired from making movies at this point. He spends his days living in a villa in Greece next to a legitimate prince (they share a helicopter platform — seriously). At age 82, he’s earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants with the rest of his life.
1. Christian Bale
The guy is motherf*cking Batman — what else needs to be said? He took a character that was almost completely ruined by one of the most overrated actors of our time, George Clooney, and made it legendary once again.
Before Batman Begins, he starred as one of the most disturbing and darkly hilarious protagonists in movie history, Patrick Bateman, in American Psycho. After Batman Begins, he turned in an Oscar-winning role as emaciated boxing trainer Dicky Eklund in The Fighter. Oh, and he kept on redefining what a comic book movie could be alongside director Christopher Nolan. Quite the resume — and Bale’s still only in his 30s.
Bale launches into every role he takes on with a passion that’s almost maniacal. He’s repeatedly starved himself close to death for some roles and then bulked up to near superhuman levels for others. He commands respect. If you don’t have a man crush on him, you better not let him find out: