Monday, February 28, 2011

Gratuitous Brunette: Robert Sean Leonard

Although he rose to prominence in such 20th Century period pics as Dead Poets Society, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, and Swing Kids, in our arrogant opinion birthday boy Robert Sean Leonard (and particularly his bottom lip) attained their peak of succulence under a Tuscan sun during the Italian Renaissance; as Claudio in Kenneth Branagh's 1993 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing he only had to pout to steal the whole show from such deli hams as Emma Thompson, Michael Keaton, and Branagh himself. Following the success of that film, he returned to the American costumer idiom, playing Ted Archer in The Age of Innocence, Martin Scorsese's curious adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1920 novel of the same name.

Of course, in the 21st Century he's been better known for wearing modern clothes in his role as Dr. James Wilson on Fox-TV's hit medical drama House - not least of all because of the homoerotic subtext between his character and the title character, Gregory House, played by Hugh Laurie. Personally I don't see it - can't straight guys be close friends without it leading to anything so fun* - but then I have no gaydar either, so what do I know?

*Even though there's a whole sub-genre of gay porno detailing with such relationships, which just happens to be one of my favourite gay porno subgenres, I don't think all straight guys who are friends have to have sex with each other. Like the ugly ones, for instance...

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