(No linguistic interest here. All about men I find attractive, so it’s filed under “Gender and Sexuality”.)
Will Parsons posted on Google+ two days ago about the tv series Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan:
I love that someone referred to this as… “The Crocodile Hunter: Hobbit Edition” [a reference to Monaghan's Hobbit role in the Lord of the Rings movies] … a quote from the show “this is the very last piece of the largest snake I’ve ever had the pleasure to hold onto” [ok, unintended double entendres] … He isn’t naked enough in this show.
I’ve been a fan of Monaghan’s since the Hetty Wainthropp days (1996-98). Cute, sweet, sexy. But Will is almost surely right that there won’t be nearly enough of him naked.
And Will in return:
What impressed me is his absolute commitment and willingness to place himself in personal danger. This doesn’t strike me as a “let’s put a cute actor near the baby tiger and get a photo” kind of show. He is doing some seriously risky stuff with these wild critters.
Well, Monaghan is definitely one of my “types”: a relatively small guy (5′7″), slim. And projecting sweetness, openness, and earnestness. (For me, hotness is as much a matter of character as body type.)
Monaghan in Wild Things, with a facial tarantula and looking serious:
And at a benefit event by the cast of the tv series Lost:
Some Wikipedia basics:
Dominic Bernard Patrick Luke Monaghan (… born 8 December 1976) is a German-born English actor. He has received international attention from playing Meriadoc [Merry] Brandybuck in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and for his role as Charlie Pace on the television show Lost.
… Although Monaghan held many occupations when he was younger, he always wanted to be an actor. After his second year at St. Anne’s, Monaghan became a regular in school plays such as Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and Bugsy Malone before joining Manchester Youth Theatre. There, he was scouted for Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, on which he played Hetty’s under-aged sidekick, Geoffrey Shawcross, for four series. He made his feature film debut as Russian sailor Sasha in TV film Hostile Waters.
Monaghan later starred in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as Meriadoc Brandybuck, for which he achieved international acclaim and success.
… In November 2012, A new show on Channel 5 titled Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan began airing. The show shows Monaghan travelling to various locations such as Venezuela and Ecuador to film and interact with the exotic and often dangerous local wildlife.
And on the Wainthropp show:
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates is a genteel British crime–comedy drama television series which aired from 1996 to 1998 on BBC One. The series starred Patricia Routledge as the title character (Henrietta “Hetty” Wainthropp), Derek Benfield as her patient husband Robert, Dominic Monaghan as their lodger (and her assistant) Geoffrey Shawcross and John Graham Davies as DCI Adams.
There’s at least one purported photo of Monaghan naked in the shower, which I don’t reproduce because I mostly distrust “naked star” photos (though the man in the photo is undeniably cute), and in any case the banks of fan photos almost entirely lack information about where and when and who they come from, which always makes me feel dubious about them.