A week ago a reader named Robin and I got into a discussion of the macho actors today; not Clark Gable, John Wayne, Steve MacQueen, or Marlon Brando. We talked about their replacements. The list was not all that long, as that style is not so much in vogue as it was before the sensitive man emerged. We've got a lot of candidates for the role of Ashley Wilkes if they ever do a remake of Gone With the Wind -- but not all that many Rhett Butlers.
You guessed it. This post is going to be the blog equivalent of a chick flick, not that there are no men allowed (and I know my loyal readers, male and female, are already getting involved), but the kind of thing that women love to drag their men into.
Last night I watched Six Degrees, a new series that features one of my all-time favorite of the younger actors, Campbell Scott. His part of the show ended in one of those unforgettable kisses between people neither of whom is me. At last a chance for this guy (who may be the next Anderson Cooper in my fantasy life) to show his talent as a romantic lead. He is the son of Colleen Dewhurst and George C. Scott, and, unlike either of them, has a gentle, sensitive magnetism that has gotten him through scores of good little Indie films, even a really excellent one called Off the Map, which he directed rather than acted in. I seek out Campbell Scott movies; now I'll be able to catch him every week, newly grey and somewhat jaded, but looking very well turned out. Every week that is, if the series, which is highbrow and sometimes a little tricky to follow, lasts.
When we were listing our not macho candidates for movie stardom, Robin came up with Tobey MacGuire, Elijah Wood, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Ashton Kutcher. She said Ben Affleck, but I don't know where to put Ben Affleck. I wouldn't put him anywhere, which is about where Hollywood has put him. I said Johnny Depp. Of course. Okay, Matt Damon. Jim Caviezel.
So let's cast a remake of GWTW, as we like to call it in the South. Scarlett O'Hara has to be sexy and tempestuous. How about Scarlett Johannsen? Same name anyway, but no Vivian Leigh. For the ultimate codependent, Melanie, let's give it to Reese Witherspoon or Gwyneth Paltrow. Rhett Butler would be Matthew McConaghey. Now, of the list above, who gets the role of Ashley Wilkes, the man Scarlett spends her life yearning for?
My vote goes to Campbell Scott.