The First 5 Men I'd Audition for the Cute, Non-Threatening Secondary Love Interest in a Generic Romantic Comedy

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | June 22, 2012 | Comments ()


Prototype: Paul Rudd Before He Became a Leading Man.

Chris Messina


John Krasinski


Bryan Greenberg


Greg Kinnear


James Marsden


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  • Chica

    Krasinki's definitely carrying Rudd's torch now. Since Marsden just knocked up that model after a one-night stand, his reputation may sully this kind of role in the future. Messina's too meh, and Kinnear's getting older so, I dunno, I think I'd echo the Adam Scott for sure, as well as Jake Johnson. Both awesome choices. I'm loving Happy Endings, so I also think Adam Pally, Damon Wayans Jr. and Zachary Knighton would be awesome choices. And, as weird as I am, I'd almost like to see Jonah Hill, because he seems so polite in interviews and....wait I lost you didn't I? Damn it.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Jay Baruchel is another excellent choice, despite having been leading man in a couple of cases.

  • TS

    Adam Scott!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I just adore Marsden.

  • laylaness

    Misterness and I got stuck in a hotel elevator with Paul Rudd and his wife and kids in L.A. It was the most surreal 5 minutes of our lives. Afterwards, we went up to our room, jumped up and down and squee'd. Paul Motherfucking Rudd.

    Also, I think James Marsden cemented his status as the secondary interest in The Notebook.

  • kirbyjay

    Details, baby, details

  • emmelemm

    I am so insanely jealous of you I might pass out.

  • Miley's Virus

    Krasinski's head is way too large to be non-threatening. It's like one of those giant 8-slice toasters turned on its end. How can anyone relax near that thing?

  • Miley's Virus

    Bryan Greenberg, now that's a face I'd never get tired of punching.

  • TheFatling

    Right? And that picture of him looks very threatening to me.

  • L.O.V.E.

    I think Chris Pratt would work.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    I so agree. He aquits himself admirably in the realms of both cute and goofy. Oh wait - does that make him a manic pixie dream boy? Perish the thought.

  • jM

    I'd take out Bryan Greenberg and put in Jake M. Johnson from New Girl. Greenberg is so boring he's like chloroform with a face.

  • Irina

    This. Totally.

  • Jake M. Johnson, excellent choice.

  • beetsarad

    I feel as though Chris Messina has a bit too much smolder to be wholly non-threatening...he's got a scotch of the mischievous bad boy in him. Just saying...

  • Holly

    This list just reminds that I even though I know nothing about James Marsden's personal life, I really really wish he has a very happy love life, because MAN. Guy cannot get a break in movies.

    Also, I'd always go for the cute non-threaning secondary guy. The leads are usually jerks (see: the only movie James Marsden gets the girl)

  • Internet Magpie

    Holly, he was married to his high school sweetheart for a billion years and they were super-adorable... and they just separated. HUGE BUMMER.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I should not have clicked on that article. Tawdriness aside, I always end up hating Celebitchy. The Brazilian model "looks totally post-op". Fuck them.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    I agree. Wish I didn't know that, because I think he's adorbs. I even watch 27 Dresses, just because of him.

  • The rational side of me read that and thought, "Poor guy" and then the irrational side screamed "HE'S SINGLE NOW??"

  • Guest

    I still confused Marsden and Marsters, and catch myself thinking, "That's no Spike."

  • Psychicdog

    Paul Rudd is a leading man?
    No, I'm serious. When did that happen?

  • BAM

    Where have you been the last 5 years?

  • Yeah, I'm with you on that. The first person I thought of for this list is Paul Rudd.

  • Grover

    Bonus #6- Mark Duplass, in a mainstream film debut.

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