There are some celebrities who have terrible style and don’t dress their age, but then there are those who are so sexy they were awarded for it! People magazine has been dubbing famous men as the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ every year since 1985. It’s a pretty bold statement that essentially means nothing since it’s given to multiple men. Those who get the title always seem to be the year’s “it” man, someone who is getting all the leading male roles and has the world drooling over them.
However, simply following this criteria can lead you astray. Many of the men who were given the title were actually awarded it after their sexiest years. Also, many of them have since been in hot water over very sensitive issues, which makes it hard for the public to ever find them sexy again. So which men need their ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ card revoked? Here are three stars who a lot of people would argue aren’t that sexy at all.
1. Mel Gibson
Ever wonder what man started People magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ series? Believe it or not, it was Mel Gibson. The blue eyed actor was shockingly sexy enough to the publication that they gave him the title and started a yearly trend. But what qualities other than his looks helped him get the title over other male celebrities?
Back in 1985 the actor was still on top of his game. That year his movie, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was released. In it he rocked big hair with a grey streak topped off with a mullet. The action hero might have been pretty dreamy for the time, but when looking back at his character “sexy” doesn’t quite come to mind.
However the year before, the actor was in The Bounty where he again rocked longer hair that was pulled back and showed his pretty boy looks. He was also in The River and Mrs. Soffel. With so many films, it makes sense that the next year he would be nominated, but many would agree that he wouldn’t be given the title today. Also, it’s unfortunate for People magazine that the controversial actor will forever be tied to their brand in this way.
In 2006 the actor was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. That alone isn’t what muddied the actor’s fairly clean persona. During the arrest the actor said, “F*cking Jews … The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,” according to the report. He then turned to the deputy and asked, “Are you a Jew?” The actor also reportedly noticed the female sergeant on duty and said, “What do you think you’re looking at, sugar tits?”
Being dumb enough to drink and drive is already enough to strike you down from the sexy list, but to be anti-Semitic and sexist on top of that is really grounds for revoking the title. The actor is no longer A-list like he once was, but he has been able to continue his career after the arrest and many other unsavory blunders in his personal life.
2. Sean Connery
You would think that the James Bond actor would have been the first ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ because he is older, but it took him a few years to take the title. In 1989 the actor was given the title at the age of 59. He is the oldest actor to take it and we probably know what led to that.
The Scottish actor was coming out with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade that year. Harrison Ford, was of course, the young star of the movie. Connery played the grey Professor Henry Walton Jones Sr. who is Jones’s father and helps his son with his last adventure. The movie was a huge franchise and it makes sense that one of its stars would have gotten the title around the buzz, but should it have been Connery?
The actor has also shared some controversial opinions that lessens his sex appeal. All of them have to do with his idea on how women should be treated. Multiple times he has said that women should be handled physically.
“I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong in hitting a woman,” the actor told Playboy magazine in 1965, “though I don’t recommend you do it in the same way you hit a man.” His James Bond character was often seen smacking women on-screen. Some might argue that this was more acceptable given the time and how the character was written and the movie was made. However the actor has shown that he has held this same view for decades.
“There are women who take it to the wire,” the actor later said in an interview with Vanity Fair in 1993. “That’s what they are looking for, the ultimate confrontation. They want a smack.” Sexiness requires treating others with respect. These comments are quite the contrary. Chances are Connery got the title because of the appeal of the iconic character he played rather than his own.
3. Johnny Depp
The Tim Burton muse started off as a baby face heart throb in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Looking back it’s not a mystery why he was seen as attractive, given his looks. Eventually in 2003 he was given the title of ‘Sexiest Man Alive.’
That year he came out with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. They certainly weren’t the best or most exciting movies of his career, but Pirates of the Caribbean had mass appeal and many people were surprised by how well the actor was able to rock the black eyeliner.
However like the other men on his list, Depp hasn’t been able to keep his sex appeal over the years. Part of that is his terrible fashion choices lately and his tendency to live hard. But an even bigger factor is the accusation that he abused his ex-wife.
In 2016 Amber Heard filed for divorce from the actor only a few days after his mother died. They were only married for 15 months. She then accused him of being abusive and released pictures of her with a bruised eye and cut lip. She filed for a restraining order, which was granted to her. However, a lot of fans of Depp still believed she was lying about the whole thing. The one thing that was pretty damning of the star was a video that surfaced of him going on a tirade in their kitchen and throwing a wine bottle.
In the end the two divorced and there was a statement released saying that “there was never any intent of physical and emotional harm.” No matter what the intent was, the whole thing definitely tanked the actor’s sex appeal.
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