American news, not Indian, but mostly HUH! And I guess some interesting gender stuff and stardom stuff????
I just saw this headline and went “what? I didn’t realize they even knew each other!” And then I saw another headline and went “what? They’ve been together 20 years?”
Let’s talk stardom! It’s not all about the “first impression”, but it is about the “big impression”. Like, Salman Khan’s first impression was in Maine Pyar Kiya as a romantic lead. But then his second impression was in Wanted as an Action Hero and the second impression was so big, it overwhelmed the first impression.
You become a star by making a big impression, that’s the line between “star” and “actor”. That’s also the line between “star persona” and “human”. Irrfan Khan was pretty much anything. Villain, romantic lead, best friend, whatever. Because he wasn’t a star, he was just a working actor. And we didn’t care about his personal life or any of the rest of it, we had no set clear vision of him in our heads, we just enjoyed his performances.
But a Star is someone like Shahrukh, where DDLJ was his Big Impression and from then on he has been about romance, and family and marriage. Both onscreen and off, that is what we think of first with him.
Okay, let’s talk about this headline. Bo Derek made an immediate HUGE impression in the film “10” as the ideal perfect woman that our hero (?) sees and becomes obsessed with while on his honeymoon. Slow motion running on the beach in a swimsuit with braids, that is the image that immediately comes to mind when we hear “Bo Derek”.
Meanwhile, there’s John Corbett, who was slower to make an impression. He was the star of a sort of quirky cult hit show “Northern Exposure” as the lowkey relaxed love interest. Then he was the love interest in the sleeper hit rom-com “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. And most recently, he was the sweet father and widower in the teen romance series “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”.
Bo Derek=Ultimate male gaze object, infinitely desirable physically
John Corbett=smart, lowkey, attractive for his personality more than his looks.
How are these two people together???? Well, the answer is, they aren’t the people we know from movies. They are ACTUAL people. Bo Derek in the years since 10 has pivoted to producing and some interesting stuff. John Corbett may have a lowkey not trying feel onscreen, but in reality he’s been a hard working actor for decades. In the real world, these are two hard working folks in the same industry who presumably have shared interests and jokes and date nights and all kinds of things we can’t picture between them when we think of their star personas.
I don’t really have a conclusion to this, I just find it interesting to think about. Couples that make no sense in the fake versions of themselves, and yet exist. Proving, by the existence of their relationship, that those versions ARE fake.
The other part of this is that a lot of couples try to justify the oddness. Like, slightly alter their fake versions in order for them to make sense as a couple. If Bo Derek did a ton of interviews about how she loves to read and whatever, and John Corbett did a ton of interviews about how woman come up to him in bars because he is so attractive, and then they did joint interviews about their relationship, then we could all handle it.
But, why should they do that? Why can’t we just accept that we don’t really know these people at all?
Other topics to discuss: The return of Bennifer, what is up with that?
John Corbett: Why is he so attractive? Because he shouldn’t be
Bo Derek: Can you believe she was in a movie with Rajkumar Rao? Did anyone watch it?
I did watch it, because there is nothing on earth that could stop me from watching a movie with Rajkummar AND Bo Derek. There is a review on my blog!
What a hot couple.
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Here it is: https://thickthighsandbadguys.wordpress.com/2018/10/26/5-weddings-india-2018/
YES! I was all set to find a photo and say “see? See how badly matched this couple is?” and then it turns out they are SUPER HOT. Not just individually, but together. Also, very very nice aging. Especially for Hollywood.
On Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 1:08 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:
I watched 5 Weddings with Bo and Rajkumar. Yes, the movie is a bit of a mess and Nargis’ acting drives me nuts, yet, I enjoyed it. While it is a light, fun movie, it dealt with the topic of hijras in a very sincere way and the romance was cute.
John Corbett is attractive to me because he is tall and has a really playful smile. But also because he will forever be the hero from My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Aiden from Sex in the City and both of those characters were just so darn charming!!!
Yes! He’s charming! In a really casual every day way. It’s not like Cary Grant charming, it’s more sort of homespun and folksy charming, charming that you don’t have to live up to or work at.
On Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 1:49 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:
I really like this couple, and I actually knew they were together for a really long time. Good for them! I really like how them together.
Yeah, I had no idea about them until just now, but the photos alone made me like them
On Thu, Aug 5, 2021 at 6:17 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:
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I love the fact that they are age appropriate – unlike so many Hollywood couples.
On Sun, Aug 8, 2021 at 11:09 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:
“we don’t really know these people at all” That exactly is my thinking…so, whatever makes them happy in their real life, why not live it…
I’ll take a look at the Rajkumar-Bo Derek movie…and yes, John Corbett is charming in an unassuming way (imo) 🙂