When Teen Heartthrobs Go Serious
These are heady times for our generation’s erstwhile teen heartthrobs. In Lee Daniels’ sweaty hodgepodge The Paperboy (out now), one-time High School Musical poppet Zac Efron well and truly graduates to big school, spending the majority of the film half-naked, and even getting urinated on by Nicole Kidman for his troubles. Meanwhile, Efron’s former HSM co-star Vanessa Hudgens gets up to all sorts of X-rated, parent-terrifying activities in the upcoming Spring Breakers, the latest cinematic provocation from indie cinema’s irrepressible bad boy Harmony Korine. To celebrate such bad behaviour from these formerly clean-cut sweethearts, we’ve picked out our top 10 instances of teen heartthrobs going to the dark side.
Top 10 Career Turnarounds
We need to talk about Matthew McConaughey. This guy is surely a candidate for the greatest makeover since Cher Horowitz transformed Tai from Hagsville to total Betty. Only a year or so ago, McConaughey was the poster boy for ‘Rom-Coms I Wish I Could Murder’ (Failure to Launch, Ghosts of Girlfriend’s Past – let’s stop before I feel too sad). But then, there I was, watching Mr. Laidback Always-Shirtless Dude torturing women with fried chicken in Killer Joe, feeling like I’d been punched in the face with disbelief. And now, with The Paperboy (out now) and Mud on the horizon, McConaughey has cemented his position as having achieved one of the greatest career turnarounds since these guys…
Movie Posters of the Month
As you’re probably all aware, there are plenty of ugly-looking movie posters plastered all over town right now (like this one, for example), but don’t despair just yet. We’ve managed to dig up a select few that prove the art of making a film look as alluring as possible in one single image is still alive.