Best Shirtless Movie Moments of 2011
2011 has been the year of many things in the world of cinema: the sequel, mindless action flicks, 3D, and Michael Fassbender.
This year has also been characterized by an ongoing trend of shirtlessness, whether it’s in the name of love, battle, or just a general preference for not wearing clothes. Concurrent with a rise of provocative, violent, and mythological subject matter, stars like Fassbender (Shame), Stephen Dorff (Immortals), Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1), Cam Gigandet (Trespass), and Alex Pettyfer (Beastly) bared some skin.
Take a look at the top five moments of shirtlessness to hit the screen this year!
Ryan Gosling has come a long way since his Murder By Numbers days.
In Crazy, Stupid, Love, a suited-up Gosling is able to elicit gasps. But a shirtless Gosling? I saw this in a theater full of women (and I’m sure men were also there, though their presence was probably ignored anytime the star appeared on screen), and the ooh’s, ah’s, and damn’s never ended. “Seriously? It’s like you’re photoshopped!” exclaimed Emma Stone’s character Hannah upon viewing Gosling’s abs for the first time. Not even Photoshop could be used to create someone so devilishly handsome.
I’ll admit, I was not particularly taken with Thor. I will also admit that I rooted for Loki (there’s nothing wrong with rooting for the villain ---especially one so doe-eyed).
However, I’m sure most people who’ve seen this movie, or even the trailer alone, can agree that Chris Hemsworth’s body is a work of art. The moment he walks across the screen sans shirt was one of the single highlights of the film.
According to movies like Thor and Immortals, mythological gods were equipped not only with awesome powers but picturesque physiques. Their beauty, while apparently used to attract Earth-bound mortals, also succeeds in bringing them to eye-candy status.
Though Henry Cavill’s Theseus is technically only a demi-god, he’s no exception. Seeing Mr. Man of Steel prance around (well, less prance, more charge) in the decent movie made spending money on this theater ticket a little less regrettable.
"Baywatch" and exercise have done Jason Momoa well. In a less-than-impressive fantasy flick with a less-than-impressive cast and script, Momoa’s abs saved the day. It appears as though the actor is building a career around appearing shirtless on screen, but really, who’s complaining?
He may not be a Greek god or a barbarian or a womanizer, but Ken Jeong must be applauded for letting it all hang out once again in this sequel. Perhaps one of The Hangover’s best characters (with Alan heading the list), Mr. Chow has an affinity for alcohol, drugs, The Wolfpack, and nudity. Who can blame him? Anyone that bad ass should be allowed to bare all (but of course, only in the fictional world of cinema).
It’s Alexander freaking Skarsgård! As a devoted “True Blood” and Eric fan, I couldn’t not mention the Swedish actor.
Admiring the CGI effects used to downgrade Chris Evans to scrawny status was too much to ask. The same did not reign true for the statuesque Captain America.
Justin Timberlake may have been just a cute face before he said bye bye bye to the curly fro and boy band, but he’s become a handsome leading man.