It has been a while since I’ve done one of these fun posts, but there was a reason. I didn’t really have anyone catching my eye or my mind. I can definitely say that has changed now with a new addition to my “List”.
I hear you gasp, “But, Crystal! How can that be? You already have a complete list!”
I know. I had to bump someone. Who? After well over a decade on the list, the executive decision was made to bump Edward Norton. Nothing against Mr. Norton, but my tastes have changed.
That brings me to the whole point here as I welcome Manu Bennett to my list!
This incredibly sexy man from New Zealand has been gaining quite a bit of notoriety here in the US lately. My first introduction to him was through the Starz show Spartacus. If you have not yet seen Spartacus then stop denying yourself. You can find it on Netflix. I will warn you though – the show contains a lot of sex and a lot blood, sometimes even in the same scene. Manu plays gladiator Crixus. This was an excellent role as the character goes through so many transitions. It takes an actor with incredible talent and dedication to capture so many come character upheavals so well.
My second sight of him was in Arrow. There was actually a plethora of Spartacus alum that has been making their way into the DC world. Nick Tarabay. Katrina Law, and Cynthia Addai-Robinson joined Manu on Arrrow and Liam McIntyre was cast as a major villain on Flash.
Manu plays Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke. This is another character that goes through a major change. He starts off as a mentor to Oliver, becomes his friend, and then becomes hell bent on taking away everything Oliver holds dear. As with Crixus, Manu handles this character very well and really gets to the heart of Slade Wilson. It was shame how poorly the character was handled by the writers at the end so it is unlikely we will see him back in that role again.
It wasn’t until after watching Arrow and reading some articles about it that I saw that Manu was Azog the Pale Orc in The Hobbit movies. I highly recommend watching some of Manu’s interviews at conventions where he talks about getting that role and working on a green screen. His insight into the relationship between Azog and his warg is quite entertaining!
Now, up until this point, I was not particularly taken with him. However, by watching different interviews and listening to him talk about his experiences I began to have quite an affinity for him. Despite any success, Manu remains humble and shares credit without a second thought. He talks about his roles with an earnest intensity. The choices he makes are all well-thought out. His performances showed a level of talent and dedication that is not seen as often nowadays. I believe I have mentioned before that talent is major attractant to me. It was all this that really drew me in and made me fall in infatuation. Yes, it is true that all of that is wrapped up in an incredibly sexy package, but that was seen in Spartacus…a lot…in excellent HD detail. By getting past that, it was easier to focus on the things that really make him excellent at what he does.
I have heard very little about Manu’s personal life so I did some research before writing this. I learned he has three young daughters with a woman he has referred to as his partner. Fear not, ladies! The internet chatter says that while he is still responsible for his family (as a good man should be), he is not in a romantic partnership at the moment. It was said that he was dating a woman in Vancouver during filming of Arrow and has been seen with many a different lady over time. It has been noted that he is especially flirtatious with his fans at conventions, whether he is just naturally that way or does it to increase revenue one cannot be sure. However, I did come across this especially interesting line – “If you are a moderately attractive model or cosplayer, you certainly do have a chance with him. Like at least a lunch date or something. If there’s an after party at a convention, he’d definitely invite you to go and maybe to his hotel afterward.”
If a happy-ever-after is what you’re after, it seems like Manu may not be the man for that. (Damn it!) For a night of fun though,…