If today is Arthur's birthday, that makes me exactly one month (and a lot of years. sob.) older than he.
I've never posted Arthur Sales here before, but -- believe me -- I have noticed him. Though I tend to find pretty faces more attractive, Arthur's face is more handsome than pretty. And handsome in a really attractive way. And, as Kenneth in the 212 pointed out, he's been hard at work re-building his body.
One thing detracts though: Arthur is another one of those guys who had a generous helping of brown spots on his skin. Though certainly not as pointilistic as, say, Alex Pettyfer, nevertheless I find it a distracting flaw, always giving me the impression that he needs to wash his face. Don't get me wrong. No one needs to be perfect to be beautiful, and this boy certainly looks good even with a few spots on his skin. Indeed, some people find little flaws like these make people look better.
But I am a bit worried about seeing more and more spots on people's skin in recent years. Is this some result of ozone depletion, of growing up in a world where sun exposure is more damaging than it was when I was this guy's age? Or is it simply that magazines aren't hiding the spots like they used to?
So this is the Green Lantern that the suits at Warner Brothers thought would be good for Ryan Reynolds in the upcoming movie.
Yeah, great, let's make the costume look like his skin was ripped off so we can see all the individual muscle fibers. Just like that museum exhibit of corpses with no skin. No one was nauseated by that.
This is what comes of having men who think with their wallets in charge of entertaining teenage audiences who think with their testicles. Take something classy and trash it down to entertain the proles.
Hal Jordan as the Green Lantern was always one of the classiest superheroes. Immensely powerful but civilized enough to keep it under control. Unlike Superman, he didn't need to be from another planet to be a grown man without the emotional problems that plague most fictional characters. Unlike Batman, he wasn't a borderline criminal himself. Some people might call this boring, but I prefer to think of it as dignified.
And a dignified grown man wouldn't wear this suit.
There's not much of him in the movie, though. Mostly it's Edward and Bella pausing awkwardly as they say their lines, but Xavier does look good when he does show up. He has a great smile, which never shows up in Eclipse, but at least he avoids previous experiences with really bad hair.