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female gazing at: Loren Dean

Loren Dean

What the hell happened to Loren Dean? Where is he? What is he doing? Why isn’t he in every movie?

Loren Dean

He’s gorgeous, of course, but Hollywood is full of pretty people. What Dean has is a rare quality onscreen: he can be both gentle and dark at the same time, and he underplays it all, so you’re never quite sure where his character is coming from. Ah, but maybe that’s his “problem”: that kind of subtlety and suspense isn’t anything that Hollywood is interested in.

Loren Dean

Mumford. The War Bride. Gattaca. The End of Violence. I don’t understand how directors aren’t clamoring to cast this guy. And in leading roles, not the supporting stuff he has typically gotten stuck with.

Loren Dean

Perhaps my favorite example of his wonderful subtlety? The nerd cadence his engineer character in Apollo 13 speaks with. Yes, there is a geek accent, and as far as I’m aware, no other actor has ever affected one onscreen.

This the most recent photo I could find, and it’s from 2010, and it’s not a still from a movie but at the premiere of 2010’s Conviction, his last role in a major film, though it was a small one.

Loren Dean

The most recent credit the IMDb has for him is a 2011 TV movie called Who Is Simon Miller?, which is apparently a “family” mystery about kids searching for their missing dad. Which makes it sound like Dean is barely in the film at all.

At least we know he’s alive. But it’s absolutely criminal that one of the best actors of his generation isn’t working. It’s a symptom of Hollywood’s festering that it has no idea what to do with him.

(If you have a suggestion for someone we should female-gaze at, feel free to email me with a name or a link to a particular photo. But check to see whom we’ve already gazed at.)

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