10 Actors Packaged as Eye Candy for Feature Films

Male eye candy comes in a variety of flavors: old school beefcake like Johnny Weissmuller, Victor Mature, and Steve Reeves; sexy '60s rebels like Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, and Warren Beatty; brainless boys with hot bods like Lorenzo Lamas, Channing Tatum, and Taylor Lautner; androgynous emos like Robert Pattinson, and Orlando Bloom; comic hotties like Paul Rudd and Bradley Cooper; and hunks that just seem too nutritious to be called candy like Clive Owen, Denzel Washington, Johnny Depp, and Michael Fassbender. Here's a list of 10 actors packaged as eye candy for a film.

'Prince of Persia'
'Prince of Persia'. © Walt Disney Pictures

I'm tempted to say Jake Gyllenhaal was completely CGI-ed in this film because it was based on a video game and the whole film felt totally fake. Gyllenhaal's abs were as much a part of the scenery as the desert and looked just about as real. But apparently he worked out and they are as real as anything in a Hollywood film. Who'd have thought that the introverted Donnie Darko would have a hard body lurking under that loose-fitting sweatshirt? Gyllenhaal disrobed more fully for Jarhead a few years prior, but that was a serious film with Gyllenhaal's hard body as a bonus feature. In Prince of Persia, no acting beyond flexing his six pack was required. More »

'The Losers'
'The Losers'. © Warner Bros Pictures

Chris Evans humorously brings out the big guns in this comic book adaptation that uses him as eye candy more overtly than his starring role as Captain America did. In fact, in Captain America he underwent CGI transformation to look like a pathetic weakling who always gets knocked out in a fight. His hot bod was also put to good use in another comic book film, Fantastic Four. He showed he had a sense of humor, though, when poking fun at his action hero image in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. More »

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Ryan Reynolds - 'Blade Trinity' (2004) and 'The Amityville Horror' (2005)

'The Amityville Horror'
'The Amityville Horror'. © MGM

Ryan Reynolds' abs are his best feature and a distinct selling point in both of these films. In , he's all jacked up on testosterone and tries to out-wisecrack Wesley Snipes. In The Amityville Horror, he emerges from a bathtub like Adonis and most of the women forgot about any of the haunted horrors. He got a lot of ribbing for his CGI abs in the Green Lantern film. Pretty silly since his real ones are mighty sweet on their own.

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Tyrese - '2 Fast 2 Furious' (2003)

'2 Fast 2 Furious'
'2 Fast 2 Furious'. © Universal Pictures

This film was all about eye candy - be it the cars, Eva Mendes, or Tyrese's perfectly sculpted body. Tyrese began modeling as a teen and first gained fame as a rapper and singer before adorning films like 2 Fast 2 Furious, , and . Skinny little Paul Walker doesn't stand a chance next to Tyrese; it's like a Tootsie Roll versus a Big Hunk.

The Transporter
The Transporter. © 20th Century Fox
No naked bum on display here (which seems to be standard in a Jason Statham film these days) but this was the first film to package the hunky Brit as a star. He manages to mix high-octane action with eye candy in a fight where he strips to the waist and rolls around in oil to provide a slippery combatant. His fight choreography proves to be as sexy as any dance move Patrick Swayze could come up with. Another plus, Statham is a man of few words so there's nothing to distract from that deliciously hot bod. More »
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Keanu Reeves - 'Point Break' (1991)

Point Break
Point Break. © 20th Century Fox
Patrick Swayze matured a little and got to play the bad guy to Keanu Reeves' surfing FBI agent. Reeves generally stays clothed in his films but still relies more on looks than acting talent to get by. When posed properly and required to say little more than, "Whoa," he's easy on the eyes.
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Patrick Swayze - 'Dirty Dancing' (1987)

Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing. © Vestron Pictures

This film was designed to make young girls swoon over Patrick Swayze. Like Twilight, the film presents a bad boy but one that's PG-13 safe. No explicit sex or nudity, but Swayze wears skintight black clothes (that specifically highlight his cute ass), and he has all the right moves. In fact, the recent film had Ryan Gosling (of the "Photoshopped" abs) use one of Swayze's dance moves to get women into bed.

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Marc Singer - 'The Beastmaster' (1982)

Beastmaster. © MGM
Don (Phantasm) Coscarelli's sword and sorcery film required Marc Singer to wear little more than a loincloth, which meant his well-oiled abs and pecs were on constant display. You might not guess from all this silliness that Singer was also a classically trained actor who has performed Shakespeare. In fact, he provided both eye candy and a rollicking good performance as Petruchio in the American Conservatory Theater's filmed production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, proving that abs do not interfere with delivering perfect iambic pentameter.
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Harry Hamlin - 'Clash of the Titans' (1981)

Clash of the Titans
Clash of the Titans. © Warner Bros Entertainment
Greek myths mean men in short skirts, and the perfect attire to showcase some male eye candy like Harry Hamlin. Hamlin plays Perseus and his then lover Ursula Andress plays Aphrodite. The following year he would play Michael Ontkean's lover in Making Love, a tepid but still groundbreaking Hollywood film about homosexuality. Again he got to display plenty of skin and sexy charm.
American Gigolo
American Gigolo. © Paramount Pictures

Famously baring all in Paul Schrader's film about a high-end male hustler, Richard Gere may have typecast himself as an actor with a penchant for playing sexually charged roles. Gere is considered the first major Hollywood actor to display full frontal nudity in a mainstream film, and damn he looked hot both in and out of his Armani suits. Trivia: Gere and the film helped put Armani on the Hollywood fashion map.

Bonus Picks: Ensemble Eye Candy

You won't find more tanned and oiled six packs outside of gay porn than you do in Troy (2004) and 300 (2006). Brad Pitt was like a bronze statue glistening in the sun as Achilles in Troy. Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, and Garrett Hedlund beefed up the cast and benefited from the micro-mini skirts and revealing robes that were fashionable in ancient Greece. 300 upped the ante with even more perfectly toned bodies of fighting-ready Spartans led by Gerard Butler. The entire cast wore little more than leather Speedos and I've heard rumors that their was no CGI on the abs (just some air brushing) but plenty of CGI work on things that kept slipping out from the skimpy costumes. Between these two films, there's enough eye candy to send a girl into diabetic shock. More »

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