Saturday, September 24, 2005


Exhibit F: The control specimen. Famously health-conscious, teetotaling Terence Stamp, born 1939. Left, in Billy Budd, 1962. Center, publicity shot, circa Wall Street, 1987. Right, My Boss's Daughter, 2003. Posted by Picasa

9 comments:

ParisLondres said...

Terence Stamp is just one of coolest actors around. I think he still looks fantastic.

I loved the whole series of photos.

Hope you are feeling much better F! :)

Campaspe said...

Thank you dearest N., I am!

I would still do Terence Stamp in a heartbeat were I not such a happily married Siren. :)

katiedid said...

Yep, he's dead sexy all right at any age. No doubt about that.

Berlinbound said...

I worked with him once - a lovely guy and a vegetarian ...

Peace ...

WinterWheat said...

Oooh, I love those pictures. When you see old pictures of certain male stars you understand why they became sex symbols in the first place. The problem is that we still treat them like sex symbols even when the glow in their eyes has faded. (I still think Jack Nicholson was disastrously miscast as the bloated yet inexplicably magnetic love interest in Something's Gotta Give.)

There's an old Twilight Zone episode featuring an absolutely radiant Robert Redford in his early 20s. And Mel Gibson in Gallipoli was delicious. But the two of them today? Not getting the charge here.

Although I don't advocate discarding aging male actors the same way aging female actors are discarded, or at least stripped of their sex symbol status, I do think a little reality check is in order. If we met Jack Nicholson on the street and he was just a guy, not the famous JACK NICHOLSON, I doubt many of us would be attracted.

Dan Jardine said...

All's I can say is that if anyone posts photos comparing yers truly at age 25 with contemporary shots of same, I will be forced to hunt said individual down.

Campaspe said...

Berlinbound - I am a big Terence fan and very happy he still looks so good.

Winterwheat - I agree. My problem isn't accepting even aging, bloated, dissipated-looking wrecks as sexual beings capable of loving and being loved ... it's being asked to see them as completely logical paramours for dewy, perfectly formed nymphs in their 20s.

Dan - Hee. Yes, this was a fish-in-barrel shooting expedition. But then again, Terence proves that with a little clean living, one's face doesn't have to cave in like a ruined souffle.

Orion said...

Ooooh Albert Finney!!! You forgot Albert Finney!!! Cute prince-charming type in Tom Jones (1963), and reddish, bloated, ravaged, whistling mess of a human being in Erin Brockovich (2000), Big Fish (2003) and most horribly so in the last Bourne effort. Yikes!

Campaspe said...

*smacks forehead* I did forget Albert Finney. He wasn't in the same league, looks-wise, in the 1960s but his deterioration was no less spectacular.