I was out with some friends on a recent Saturday night ( hello ladies!) and we got to chatting about people we fancy ( as you do). One of the key questions that came up, and caused the most amusement, was which weird crushes have we ever had / are we currently harboring?
It seems that there are certain ones that my generation of women seem to share, or at least partially agree on. In no particular order:
1. Tom Cruise as Maverick. NOT Tom Cruise himself…but Tom Cruise playing Maverick. Something about the leather jacket, the heavy 80s power chords, the devil may care attitude. Also, at this point I was quite young, to the point where he towered over me!
I think the clincher was the scene where Maverick and Goose serenade Kelly McGillis in the bar with “You’ve lost that loving feeling”. I remember watching his divorce, and subsequent decent into Scientology with a bitter after taste in my mouth. I felt dirty and wrong – it was bad enough he’s so bloody short (I’m only 5 foot 2, but even so!), but this? I am only able to justify my crush with the conditional AS MAVERICK.
2. Alan Rickman as The Sherriff of Nottingham in Prince of Thieves. I don’t know if it’s the leather, the beard, or the fact that he’s so mean he cancels Christmas halfway through, but Alan Rickman steals the show in a sinister sexy way that makes me think if it weren’t for the creepy mother in law, Marion could do a lot worse!
3&4 Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Not the most obvious choice of sex symbols, but I have a MASSIVE crush on Simon Pegg…probably because of my inner geek.and Nick Frost is one of the funniest people I’ve ever seen in anything. Maybe it was Spaced. When they’re playing Tim and Mike.
Even in the middle of a (totally justifiable) rant about Episode One, or the TA. When Tim’s being a dick to Lara Croft to seek revenge on his ex, or Mike’s crying about the army one minute, and sharpening and axe the next, they’re incredibly cute and a tiny bit wonderful. I have to point out – NOT A THREESOME CRUSH THING HERE!
5. Disney’s Aladdin. If ever there was a woman’s equivalent to Jessica Rabbit, it has to be Aladdin. Smart, sassy, sexy and extremely quick on his pins and athletic, he’s just the right side of wrong to send many a heart a fluttering. As well as being completely hopeless, having no obvious income pre-Genie, and a known lying fellow, he’s also a born romantic, and a sweet scruff bag. I was very upset when I discovered that the cartoon porn genre included him and Princess Jasmine doing unspeakable ( and in some cases physics defying) things to each other, but I always wondered if on a strange way, it was a touch of jealousy about my diamond in the rough.
Other ones that came up, in no particular order, include:
Philip Schoefield circa 1989
Andy Peters (pre coming out of the closet)
Lion-O from the Thundercats
Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid
Zack and Slater from Saved by the Bell
Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel- Air
Alan Rickman making a reappearance as Professor Snape
Gary and Tony from Men Behaving Badly
Several of the Gladiators from the mid 1990s
Benton Fraser from Due South
Lando Calrissian (mid Judas stage!)
Wayne and Garth
The Beach Boys
Mikey Walsh from The Goonies
And so it went on…and on,….and on!
Not all of these are stereotypical sex symbols, and while some are definitely hot, if a little weird, some are just plain weird!
But that’s the beauty of being human. You never know what’s going to turn you on!
So be loud, proud and embrace the strangest of the strange!