Before anyone starts sending Ranker nasty emails, let's stress that each of these famous people who play "hot" characters are ATTRACTIVE! (Except maybe for Bogart, but he more than made up for it with his innate smoldering.) They're all talented and more handsome/beautiful than 98% of the universe.
HOWEVER, by playing specifically charming, dangerous or flat out sexy fictional characters, these actors ratcheted up their attractiveness. When you see regular Norman Reedus on the street, you might not swoon. Heck, you might instead choose to go to the other side of the street. Until you realize he's the The Walking Dead's Daryl, a character who brought more sex appeal to bows and arrows than Hawkeye, Legolas and Katniss Everdeen combined.
The actors on this list, though physically quite striking, don't necessarily rank as the sexiest actors or actresses alive. It wouldn't be out of this world to suggest that maybe one or two are only hot because of their characters. But across the board, the roles they played increased their Q scores and how attractive we continue to find them.
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What is even more surprising than Glenn Close's casting in Fatal Attraction was her previous roles that got here there. She played Robert Redford's purer-than-snow girlfriend in The Natural. Fine, her character had a kid out of wedlock but you trying say no to Redford. Her role as Robin Williams' Mom in The World According to Garp had a bit more bite, though her non-Benny Hill nurse's outfit didn't exactly scream "sexual."
All of that changed in Fatal Attraction when she boiled the bunny and wielded a butcher's knife with the dexterity of Jason Voorhees. And if the violence didn't turn you on, she was also beyond sexy as the woman who catches Michael Douglas's eye (and other body parts). As Alex Forrest exclaims with the heat of 1000 burning suns, "I Will Not Be Ignored!"Agree or disagree?
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Hollywood is a better place for having Owen Wilson in it. He's in many ways the polar opposite of the bland leading man. His face, his hair, his voice, the schnoz... it doesn't scream matinee idol. Yet there he is as John Beckwith in Wedding Crashers, completely making us believe that he could steal a Rachel McAdams away from a Bradley Cooper. And just like that, his being a romantic leading man made sense... sort of.Agree or disagree?
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An unusual looking man with an even more unusual name, C-Batch (new nickname... let's see if it takes) makes being brilliant all sorts of sexy on Sherlock. Many have played the role, but Sherlock as a heartthrob was a newer angle (with all due respect to the not-at-all unattractive Jonny Lee Miller on Elementary). With each role, it seems less likely that Benedict will show up in a trite romantic drama or comedy. So the occasional Sherlock miniseries will be all his adoring fans get to keep their hearts aflutter.Agree or disagree?
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In real life cannibalistic serial killers tend to be neither charming nor "hot." Apparently nobody told that to Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller or Mads Mikkelsen, who plays Dr. Lecter with menace and sex appeal to spare.
None of Mr. Mikkelsen's other work hinted at how smoldering and KILLER (see what I did) he'd be in the part: not the Bloody Eyed foil in Casino Royale, the traitor-turned-hero in Rogue One, or the mystic who battled Doctor Strange's cape. In Hannibal, Mads manages to be devilish and dashing all at once.Agree or disagree?