Plato said that the eyes are mirrors to the soul. I’ll assert a movie star’s charisma is in part due to their eyes. Blue eyes? They seem to get the most attention. Here’s my top ten list of actors throughout the decades whose eyes played a large role in their star power.
1. For Natasha, Chris Pine
Chris Pine’s pretty face would be nothing without those gorgeous blue eyes. Captain Kirk, I’m more than happy to follow you through the galaxy.
2. For Ruth, Toby Stephens
Here’s to a perfect Edward Rochester. Toby Stephens has British rugged-handsome down to an art form. Smart, beautiful to listen to, expressive–if you have visited Ruth’s site at Flixchatter, you’ve heard all about it. It must be his eyes.
3. James McAvoy
I have been impressed with James McAvoy’s acting in Atonement, Last King of Scotland, X-Men; his expressive face in Filth was dynamite. He makes any film better. Those eyes do it.
4. Mike Ealy
Mike Ealy’s eyes. Wow. Give this man some serious roles to play! In Almost Human, he was just fine as Dorian. He plays in mediocre films, but when he walks into the room, he has a commanding presence. I’d love to see him play more interesting characters. Wouldn’t it be cool to see a drama which starred Djimon Hounsou and Mike Ealy?
5. Leonardo DiCaprio
Like him as an actor or not, you have to admit his eyes have shouted or cried or looked perplexed for too many decades now to ignore. I think he’s marvelous. My favorite Leonardo DiCaprio roles? The Aviator, Shutter Island, Django Unchained, Gangs of New York, Romeo and Juliet, and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?–still one of the finest acting jobs given by a male.
6. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt is too iconic to leave off a list featuring beautiful blue eyes. He’s been trying to look hairy and scruffy, downplaying his Apollo good looks for years, but he can’t hide. Those blue eyes have made him the superstar men and women both adore. Fight Club, Seven or Troy, he just stands there looking at you with those eyes, and it’s okay.
7. Jared Leto
How blue are Jared Leto’s eyes? He’s fascinating to watch on the screen no matter which role: Mr. Nobody, Requiem for a Dream, or Dallas Buyers Club.
8. Mel Gibson
In the 1980s and 90s, Mel Gibson was the most beautiful actor out there. His eyes, deeply brilliant and blue are a major part of his appeal. Have you seen him in The Bounty, Hamlet, or Conspiracy Theory? The reviews were mixed, but I think it’s underrated. The man has bad press, but he can act.
9. Paul Newman
Paul Newman is my favorite actor of all time. His blue eyes are legendary. As a philanthropist and honorable family man, not to mention he was a power-hitting actor, no one comes close as a Hollywood Star who deserves all the hype and accolades. Have you seen him in The Hustler and Cool Hand Luke? Just two of many fine films he’s associated with.
10. Frank Sinatra
O’ Blue Eyes began it all. Who doesn’t love the crooner? He could act, too. I love him in The Manchurian Candidate, Guys and Dolls, Oceans 11, From Here to Eternity, and The Man with the Golden Arm.
These are mine–too many I left off the list. Which are your favorite bright-eyed stars?
Very well-argued points here! Look at those deep pools of blue! How dreamy!! 😉
I particularly like your inclusion of Michael Ealy. He does indeed need to get into some more serious roles! He’s a great actor. Largely because of those intense eyes
Thanks, Tom 🙂 Yes, I would love to see more of Michael Ealy on the screen.
OMG! THANK YOU for this! For me w/ Toby it’s not just his eyes, though they certainly are gorgeous, but it’s his expressive face, cheekbones, sexy lips and also his beautiful voice. But certainly the eyes have it! The lighting in Black Sails made his eyes sparkle and they look emerald green like the ocean in Nassau: http://flixchatter.tumblr.com/image/91471366882 😀
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You’re too funny. A silly, school-girl crush you have, 😉
He..he.. well can you blame me? In fact I spent some time this weekend gushing over him in my latest post. You’re invited to check it out 😀
Speaking of Toby, I just finished watching The Machine.
LOVED it! What a true sci-fi. Not fun or comforting, that’s for sure. But I think I’ll write a review. I thought it marvelous. It’s really just a modern twist of Frankenstein. Yay!
Well-written article Cindy, your work is always interesting to read.
Thanks, Vinnieh. 🙂 I suppose a female list is in order….
Cindy, I just commented on your companion thread about the ladies that I wondered if you’d include Old Blue Eyes! I really didn’t think you would, but you didn’t let me down!
Frank Sinatra had incredible eyes – warm and fun, or icy and steely. His eyes showed the varying aspects of his personality. And you’re absolutely correct about the acting. Frank never took it as seriously as he did his singing, but he was a fine actor. ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ is a fantastic movie. He was also in an amazing movie in which he played a would-be presidential assassin. It was a very chilling, edgy and claustrophobic tale. I think it is called ‘Suddenly.’
I think Paul Newman was a gorgeous man. His eyes were amazing. Pretty much everything was about Newman. I liked his teaming with Liz Taylor in ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.’
Chris Pines… like him a lot. I’d follow him boldly through the galaxy. 😀
Ha! Thanks Kate. I was thinking of adding Steve McQueen, but ran out of room. Again, too many choices. I wish he had been in more color films so we could look at him more.:)
Oh, definitely Steve McQueen! I’d forgotten about him! Funny… my husband and I were just talking about him today. We were discussing our favorite McQueen movie. My husband likes ‘The Sand Pebbles,’ and I went with ‘Papillon.’ Like Paul Newman, didn’t he have a passion for racing? I know he liked motor cycles.
Hi Kate, yes, they both loved the thrill of fast cars–I love Papillon, too, however your husband has great taste with Sand Pebbles. ‘The Great Escape’ is always a classic.
My personal favorite HAS to be Paul Newman!!
Couldn’t agree with you more. Steve McQueen was right there with him, but no one tops Paul Newman 🙂
I love this post!!! Haha Chris Pine is GORGEOUS ❤
So glad you approve! Your post inspired mine. 🙂
Oooooh you loved The Machine!! Wahoo!! I know some people had issue w/ the finale and I felt that it got a little too action-y in the end but I LOVE the themes it presented and it’s certainly thought provoking! Toby’s sooo gorgeous I kept rewinding and pausing just to gawk at him, ahah. I can’t wait to read your review 😀
I love this… I might save my answers for a future copycat top 10 if you don’t mind.
Not at all, Abbi 😉 You’ve inspired a lot people lately with your Top ten annoying/love list.