Pretty Men vs Male Men

I was thinking about heroes the other day.

heart3jpgI happened to see a movie trailer featuring Tom Cruise. Um, I hope not to insult any Cruise fans out there, but I’m not interested in picturing Tom Cruise as a romantic hero. I couldn’t, for the life of me, tolerate him in Top Gun. You see, I’ve dated Navy flyers, and all of them were TALL and mostly gorgeous.

I immediately thought of Leonardo DiCaprio. I’m not one of his fans, either. I never saw Titanic because of him. I did see the last scene where he died and I, um, kind of rooted for it to hurry up and happen.

Hanging my head in shame here.

DiCaprio and Cruise have the same type of physicality. They’re both short, pretty, and almost delicate (to me). They’re not my idea of heroes.

However, Craig T. Nelson in Call to Glory? Be still my thundering heart.


Tall, broad shouldered, a man’s man. (And a woman’s man, ahem.)

Then, I immediately segued to Tom Selleck. Same type of physique. Same rugged looks. Not pretty as much as arresting.


I’ve never been a fan of mustaches but I never even NOTICED it on Selleck’s face.

So, those two guys are hero types for me. What about you? Are you a Cruise or DiCaprio fan or do you prefer another type?


8 thoughts on “Pretty Men vs Male Men”

  1. I love the tall, dark, and handsome man. I’m married to a half Irish, half Italian, dark brown eyed, dark haired (when he still had it), 6 foot 4 inch tall man so I guess I’m true to my preference. However, I could easily fall for a man like Gerard Butler with his Scottish auburn hair and light eyes. As for the moustache on Tom Selleck – I’ve always been partial to a good moustache and he’s got one of the best. My hubby came with one too. ; )
    Although I’m not very tall, barely squeaked past 5 feet, short men have to have a whole lot going for ’em for me to be attracted and Tom Cruise just doesn’t have it. Mark Wahlberg, on the otherhand, is only an inch taller than Tom and is packed with that … je ne sais pas! Leo is actually six feet tall but is just too womanish for me.
    We are catty, aren’t we? It’s truly not the size of the man but how he carries himself. I do have to agree with Lori’s list above – all most swoonworthy men! : )

    • Seriously, is Leo really that tall? He just seems short. And frail.

      Notice that most of the men’s men are older and the newer crop isn’t so masculine?

      And, I firmly admit to being catty. Hanging my head in shame.

  2. Sean Connery this coming from a soon to be 40 y o who is young enough to be his daughter, if not his granddaughter probably, and I just want to slap the man on a plate and sop him up with a biscuit! Other favorites: Robert Redford, Jason Statham, Chuck Norris, Richard Dean Anderson, Tommy Lee Jones, Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean, etc. Give me a man’s man over a pretty boy any day, except perhaps Johnny Depp or Orlando Bloom.

  3. Definitely Tom Selleck. I also do not notice the mustache. He is a perfect hero image. Nice looking, also with a sense of fun, gorgeous eyes, physique etc.
    I definitely am not a fan of Tom Cruise or Leonardo DiCaprio. Aside from being short, they do not look like what heroes should look like. Give me Sean Connery , Selleck, etc.

    • Isn’t that funny, I’m just not into short men. Now, I know there are probably some wonderful short men but they don’t physically attract me. That probably makes me shallow.

  4. Give me a Man’s man any day–love them tall, rugged (real men have hair on their chest!). I’m only 5’4″ so even Tom & Leonardo are taller than me–but I’d rather have them tower over me! My sweetness is 6’2″! 🙂

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