One of my recent/far-too-late discoveries has been the Judd Apatow made TV series Undeclared. I'd been a late-in-coming fan of Freaks and Geeks, but I'd never heard the same acclaim for this equally hilarious and unjustly canceled series. It's relatively true to my college experience, only my roommate did NOT look or sound like Charlie Hunnam. He did however spit tobacco and mistreat women. Either way, great comedy and an entirely likable cast. Boy does the FOX Network know how to defaecate all over its best stuff!
Well part of the series' charm, aside from the writing, the directing and all that nonsense, is definitely Charlie Hunnam as the scandalously hot and smarmy brit, Lloyd. Of course I'd already nursed a fleeting crush on Hunnam as schoolboy Nathan on Channel Four's Queer as Folk, but as with that series' short run, it's obvious no television series could contain this seriously sexy bloke.
And yet... this week's "little discovery" had to come in such a cruel way. Apparently Charlie wants to be taken seriously as an actor. Akin to something like Jude Law in Road to Perdition, he thinks the actor de-glam will bring him respectability. Well it does, but at what cost to me?
Watching Children of Men for the maybe third or fourth time, I was struck by a familiar name in the credits. Surely there must be another Charlie Hunnam, or at the very least his shirtless promenade scene had been cut. The reveal... and hold your breath...
He plays "Icky Dreadlocks Babysnatcher Bad Guy," officially. It's no surprise I missed him really. Good on him for getting involved with such a great film and an unexpected role. Bad on him for not relying on his looks in spite of that.
Oh, right... beefcake justification. Watch Undeclared. It's funny, smart, and it even contains cameos from the likes of Amy Poehler as the dorm RA:
"Things have gotten a little out of control, but we're going to have a good time tonight. I want to let everybody know that the Muslim Awareness Pizza Party has been changed from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. We've got pizza there. We don't have any judgment, we just have pizza there... We just have pizza there..."Next time Charlie, don't surprise me in dreadlocks. Just smiles and an open shirt... Just smiles and an open shirt...
--Previous "Life's little discoveries..." here.