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When I saw this Steven Klein Jonathan Rhys-Meyers image from the forthcoming issue of Details, I immediately had one of those I've seen that before moments. Of course, it's that 1980 leather jacket-clad Robert Mapplethorpe self-portrait.

DetailsRhys-Meyers tells Details: "Let’s not kid ourselves—this business is about being good-looking. Look, Brad Pitt is an incredible actor, but do you think he’d be a famous movie star if he didn’t look like that? Come on! Some mornings, some days, you just don’t have that physical confidence. That’s a horrible feeling. A lot of my success is because of what I look like. I know that."

Two more shots after the jump.

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  1. Well if he really wants to get into his role he's going to have sex with a whole lot of black guys.

    I'm available!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 29, 2007 4:08:10 PM

  2. And for the record, I liked what he looked like before the facial hair a whole lot more than what he looks like now.

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 29, 2007 4:35:11 PM

  3. I luvvzz me some Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, good lawd!

    Posted by: Shabaka | Oct 29, 2007 4:40:36 PM

  4. Damn I love him. I shouldn't. But I do. Even when his acting is horrible like in "The Tudors".

    Posted by: Trey | Oct 29, 2007 4:43:35 PM

  5. And, Peter, you're entirely entitled to your opinion as well as your individual aesthetic, but, for the record, who asked you?

    Posted by: GranDiva | Oct 29, 2007 4:50:05 PM

  6. He is just luminously pretty. Yummy yummy yummy.

    And he's right about Hollywood... that is, unless you have staggering acting talent.

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 29, 2007 5:06:57 PM

  7. good for him for keepin it real.

    Posted by: rascal | Oct 29, 2007 5:22:29 PM

  8. JRM is right that a lot of his success is do to what he looks like. He is actually a pretty crap actor: he is basically the same in every role he plays. In almost every movie, his character always seem like manchild, and he alterately mugs for the camera with expression of "wide-eyed wonder" or bursts out into petulant fits like a spoiled child). His Henry VIII on the Tudors is SO BAD. He's like a male version of Mila Jovavich

    Posted by: Meeg | Oct 29, 2007 5:58:50 PM

  9. Hmmmm, well even though the statement is true to an extent, the fact is that your looks really only get you so far. I mean, does anyone REALLY think that Brad Pitt is an "incredible actor"? Beauty fades. Work on your craft and worry about your looks second. THAT will ensure your longevity as an actor and make you better looking in the long run. Good acting always wins over good looks.

    Posted by: JR | Oct 29, 2007 6:57:46 PM

  10. Seldom has anything given me instanteous wood as has that drop dead sexy shot of Rhys-Meyers with the cigarette hanging out of his mouth...

    Just makes a fella wanna drop to his knees in thanks.

    Posted by: Sojourner Truth | Oct 29, 2007 7:57:23 PM

  11. He is smokin' hot, with facial hair or not.

    I like him better with it, but I like that rough, dirty look sometimes. It's boring if both of us are too pretty ;)

    Posted by: Jordan | Oct 29, 2007 10:23:43 PM

  12. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly, Harvey Keitel, Forest Whitaker...

    Those guys are ugly as rats, but they put Brad and JRM to shame. Sorry, I'd rather watch their movies and use porn for the pretty boys anyday...

    Posted by: tello | Oct 30, 2007 12:07:43 AM

  13. I have two words for "the business" being about being good looking:

    Steve Buscemi

    But of course, Pretty Boy is 98% correct.

    Posted by: So Left I'm Right | Oct 30, 2007 1:38:40 AM

  14. Tom Cruise has made a career out of a toothy smile and bad acting.

    Posted by: dc-20008 | Oct 30, 2007 2:57:23 PM

  15. He is a sex god. and it helps that he is a awesome actor.

    Posted by: Jade | Jan 31, 2008 1:52:57 PM

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