This year has blessed us with some seriously crushworthy guys. So to countdown the 25 days until Christmas, each day I'll put a spotlight on one actor we wish we could catch under the mistletoe. In this case, Santa rewards the naughty and nice.
The Emoter // Luke Evans
I've been hearing about Luke Evans for a while now. I can't recall why or for what films, but I do know that I made a mental note to see him in action. The first film I saw him in was Clash of the Titans. He played Apollo. It was brief, but he definitely had a strong screen presence. The film where he really made a great impression though was Immortals, where he played Zeus. There's something about his chiseled jaw, piercing hazel eyes, and slicked back mane that makes him seem regal and authoritative. Even though he's only a few years older than Henry Cavill (and the rest of the actors who played his children), you totally bought their father-son relationship. He seems to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders and take the responsibility very seriously. This visible burden was also obvious in The Three Musketeers, where he played the promiscuous yet religious musketeer Aramis, and also the little-seen crime drama Blitz, where he played a detective who steps up and cares for his drug-addicted one-night stand after her friend dies trying to save her.
It's easy for British actors to rely on their accent to do most of their acting, but Evans emotes more than he speaks. I wouldn't be surprised if producers hired him more for his facial reactions than anything else. Either way, he's definitely proven to be a hot commodity, especially when action, mystery, and adventure are involved. Next year, we can see him in the Edgar Allan Poe mystery The Raven, and the Peter Jackson adapted Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit. The true test though will be in his first lead role in the adaptation of J. Saunders Elmore's The Amateur American, where he'll play an American who is framed for murder in Paris.