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 Alex Pettyfer taking his shirt off for Ellen two weeks ago. "It's customary"

GuestbloggerNATHANIEL ROGERS
...would live in the movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience. Follow him on Twitter @nathanielr.

 
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Hollywood isn't as obvious a star-making factory as it was in the studio days when actors got long term contracts and were carefully molded To Be Loved By You. Now it's every struggling actor (and high powered agent) for themselves. Still, every once in a while you do feel that someone is being thrust at you eagerly by Tinseltown like, they're smiling in a grocery store under fluorescent lighting "free sample! free sample!" 

That seems to be what's going on with Alex Pettyfer, the British 20 year old model/actor who was taking his shirt off for Ellen Degeneres two weeks ago, presumably as a way of losing his American talk show virginity with enthusiasm. He's now on 3,000+ screens as the alien "number four" in I AM NUMBER FOUR. In the movie he seems to have acquired every actor's dream superpower, the ability to generate one's own key light.

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He's broodily romancing Dianna Agron (Pettyfer's real life girlfriend). Since it's Dianna Agron from Glee and they're being all angsty in high school, you half expect someone to throw a slurpee.

Two weeks from now Pettyfer will be back on thousands of screens (maybe the same ones!) as the star of BEASTLY, a modern retelling of Beauty & The Beast. Surprisingly, he's not playing Beauty. Instead he is cursed with ugliness, which will require all of his thespian imagination to relate to. Said ugliness involves only bald headedness and some Edward Scissorhands style scarring plus tattoos, so it's not so much ugliness as imperfection, since there's still that bone structure and the bod'.

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Weirdly his Beast look almost makes him a dead ringer (at a distance) for his foes in I AM NUMBER FOUR who are also baldheaded with scarring and tattoos.

 If this sounds like grasping at straws subject matter well you didn't really want to talk about BIG MAMMAS: LIKE FATHER LIKE SON, did you? Some weeks are... challenging at the multiplex.

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In limited release the Mexican horror film WE ARE WHAT WE ARE arrives (and will be on IFC On Demand next week) featuring a fatherless family who uh...dine together. There's a gay subplot involving the eldest son and some heavy handed metaphors but it's completely scary and sickening which is probably the point of horror films, right? (I plead ignorance of the genre.)

If you live on the coasts, you can see the return of the awesome Gael García Bernal in EVEN THE RAIN (pictured left). The film was Spain's Oscar submission though it did not end up securing a nomination for the big night coming up (February 27th!). The film co-stars baldheaded Luis Tosar (who just lost the Spanish Oscar "The Goya" to Javier Bardem) who does not appear to have scarring or tattoos but who is, like Bernal, totally sexy. Just because Hollywood keeps saying bald = ugly/scary, that doesn't make it so.

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  1. Further proof that there's rampant racism up in here! I can't believe this...I'm in shock. The biggest cinematic event in movies (or since its predecessors) and it doesn't get a mention...not a single mention...this is more than just offensive, this is the worse than hitler. big mamma's house 3: like father, like son opens tomorrow and this straight to DVD crap is all that's discussed? I've never been so offended in my entire life... My big mamma's house three countdown clock has been reminding me of tomorrow's opening for over two years...it deserves a separate post...and if you'd mentioned it, I might be willing to overlook all of the other race baiting antics that some people see hurr.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 17, 2011 7:46:35 PM


  2. Oh, I'm sorry, but I don't notice HATE SPEECH against GREAT MOVIES! No class. Speaking of classless, now I know exactly how lara logan MUST FEEL. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to think of a way to smuggle chicken and waffles and grape soda into the movies tomorrow to sell.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 17, 2011 8:44:06 PM


  3. I actually got to see a special screening event of I Am Number Four and it was AMAZING! It was so good I want to see it again when it comes out in the theatres!

    Posted by: Michael R | Feb 17, 2011 9:11:06 PM


  4. Alex Pettyfer isn't really my cup of tea but curious to see how Agron fares on the big screen.

    "Just because Hollywood keeps saying bald = ugly/scary, that doesn't make it so."
    Emphatic agreement here. If anything bald = sexy.

    Posted by: Wayne B. | Feb 18, 2011 1:52:25 AM


  5. Michael, now that is a shock as the kid can't act his way out of a paper bag!

    Posted by: Rowan | Feb 18, 2011 2:57:37 AM


  6. Why do guys take their shirts off for Ellen?

    Posted by: realitythink | Feb 18, 2011 9:42:53 AM


  7. I bought the book I am number 4 pre seeing the movie and BLAH! double BLAH!

    It is not sci-fi at all, it would be better described as LOW fantasy (LOTR being High Fantasy)

    There isn't even 1 bit of soft science to describe anything in the plot, it is all "magic" based = just because

    Not worth the $ .....let the teenie bopper girls it is geared towards enjoy their drooling after pettyfer

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | Feb 18, 2011 2:27:35 PM


  8. oh and PS

    the "charm" part of the plot that they can't be killed except in numerical order isn't even interesting or logical fantasy magic

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | Feb 18, 2011 2:30:28 PM


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