Friday List: Hot geeks
The Memorial Day weekend naturally brings it with a tendency to focus on babes, bikinis and beach bodies. But here at Celebritology, we're starting the summer with our minds on guys that, during a time before nerdiness became all the rage, might have gotten sand kicked in their faces.
You know the type: The ones who keep their smoldering sexuality hidden behind a pair of black-framed glasses or a pocket protector, who shelter their Superman tendencies beneath a staid, Clark Kent exterior, who totally outshine the hunky quarterback despite their bookish qualities. We're talking hot geeks -- the celebrities or movie/TV characters who, despite projecting a rather goofy (and sometimes carefully cultivated) persona, are nonetheless irresistibly "adorkable."
Jen and I have listed our geek crushes below. But the list won't be complete until you add your nominees to the comments section below. And guys, feel free to weigh in on geek girls, although we covered that ground pretty well last year.
Daniel Faraday: It probably won't come as a surprise to regular readers of the blog that I'd start out my list with a "Lost" character. But the Oxford physicist -- played by Jeremy Davies -- totally moved my island with his soft-spoken assuredness in all things physics-related, alt nutty professor vibe and ease in handling a nuclear warhead.
I'm not alone in my Faraday adoration. Here's a fan tribute vid found on YouTube...
Lewis Skolnick: In case you're not familiar with the "Revenge of the Nerds" oeuvre, Skolnick is, like, only the king of the nerds who leads a rag-tag band of uber outcasts from the brink of social scene disaster to the center of campus life. Why the attraction? I'm not sure. I guess there's just something about the way the guy wears his highwaters. And that whole thing about standing up for himself and his fellow nerds is kind of inspiring.
You can see Robert Carradine, and his winning Skolnick laugh, here at second 0:33...
Zach Galifianakis: Some may disagree with me on this one, but the guy is a cutie. He may be pleasingly plump, utterly awkward and guilty of building a career on playing the -- umm -- plump, utterly awkward pal in movies like "The Hangover" and HBO's "Bored to Death" series, but even the beard and pot belly can't hide Galifianakis's unmistakable eye twinkle and winning grin.
Watch Galifianakis's "SNL" monologue from earlier this year. I defy you to not be charmed by this guy...
Zachary Levi: Despite his one-time status as a member of the Nerd Herd at the fictional Buy More superstore, TV's "Chuck" has turned into a super-spy and an undeniable stallion. In real-life, Levi fits right in among the Comic-Con set, a fact that Liz and I discovered when we were in San Diego a couple of years ago and prompted Levi to talk about sci-fi and "Lost," and to shout at Amber Heard: "Look at that geek. Hey, your abacus is showing!" Suffice it to say, we were both a little smitten. Here he is, explaining how to do an Australian accent. Adorkable, indeed.
Anthony Michael Hall: I know he's Farmer Ted. I know he's Brian Johnson, member of both the math club and the physics club. But there's something about Hall -- who morphed into a pretty handsome dude as he got older -- that's always been kind of winning, even when he was at his scrawniest. Perhaps it was his confidence. Like that scene in "16 Candles," when he, as Ted, mixes a martini and schools Jake Ryan, hottest teen boy alive, in how to handle women. Amazing. Unfortunately that exceptional scene is not on YouTube, but here he is doing his massively awkward cover of "Birthday" by the Beatles:
Wes Anderson: Maybe I've just seen "The Royal Tenenbaums" a few too many times, but there's something about Anderson's commitment to his creative vision -- even when he winds up directing a less-than-satisfying film like "The Darjeeling Limited" -- that is kinda sexy. Ridiculously obsessive about details and possessed of a fashion sense that cannot be described without using the word "dandy," this filmmaker represents indie-geekhood at its most appealing. And his American Express commercial -- which also features one of his frequent hot-geek collaborators, Jason Schwartzman -- never ceases to knock me out in its tracking shot brilliance:
Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly
| May 28, 2010; 12:36 PM ET
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