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People Magazine Names Charming Potato 2012's Sexiest Man Alive

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | November 14, 2012 | Comments ()


If you saw last night's "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23," I suppose we should've guessed that Charming Potato was the one who beat out James Van Der Beek for People Magazine's Sexist Man Alive.


It makes sense. Potato has had a fantastic year at the box office with The Vow and 21 Jump Street, had credible turns in the well-reviewed Magic Mike and Haywire, and even ventured into indie territory with the unseen 10 Years. At this point, even people who have always kind of hated him have warmed up to the the world's most adorable spud. He's wooden, but there's a lot of charming flexibility in the fibers.

They could have, however, picked a much better cover photo. Not a lot of older ladies will care to stick that issue down their girdle.


The other contenders? A decent collection, save for the inexplicable appearance of Richard Gere, but that's a nice shout-out to Oscar Pistorious.












(Source: People Magazine)

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  • Jezzer

    So I guess I'm in the minority when I say that Damian Lewis should avoid close-ups, because he looks like a leathery rabbit that wants to eat your face?

  • duckandcover

    If we're adding TV personalities: Jeffrey Donovan from Burn Notice. The man is undeniably, out-of-left-field sexy.

  • AudioSuede

    You know what? The Potato had a good year. And, dare I say it, Magic Mike might be the year's most underrated movie; it has a much more potent subtext than most people give it credit for.

    Basically, what I'm saying is, I'd hit it.

  • "Sexist" Man Alive? Well played, Dustin.

  • HEMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmsWORTH! Yeaaah!

    This is the first time in years that I haven't wanted to slap everyone at People for their choice. He doesn't really shake my world but the Potato is one hell of a charmer.

    And yes, I take this VERY seriously. Hot Men are always a Very Serious Issue.

  • Three_nineteen

    Really? You think he's a better choice than George Clooney, Matt Damon, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Depp, and Ryan Reynolds?

    (I looked them up. And left out Bradley Cooper, because, well, Bradley Cooper.)

  • e jerry powell

    I can think of at least 24 men who are (subjectively) sexier than Charming Potato.

  • dizzylucy

    No Olyphant, Hamm, or Elba? People Mag is dead to me.

    I find Channing kind of dull, especially when standing next to the likes of Bomer.. But I'm convinced People chooses whoever had a big box office year and an aggressive publicist.

    I've always loved Paul Rudd in a "he's so cute, I'd marry him" kind of way, but that photo may move it to a different level.

  • Mr_Grumpypants


  • Paul Rudd Got love from the mainstream media? Holy shit i just creamed myself. btw that is now my new background. wow that is a sexy picture

  • layla

    There is NOTHING sexy about most of the guys on that list.

  • googergieger

    Pretty sure these sexiest man alive lists, exist, solely to promote necrophilia.

    Not that there is anything wrong with that.

    I mean there is, but I guess if someone wrote it in their will that they were cool with it, be hard to hate it. Especially if it wasn't going on in front of you. Unless you're into that sort of thing. In which case, become a very persuasive lawyer and/or friend of a very persuasive lawyer.

    Anyways, what were we talking about? Oh right. List needs more Asians.

  • Slash

    Mmmmm ... men.

    Channing has a kind of white trash-esque appeal. I'm not saying he is white trash, just that he has that kinda dopey look about him.

  • 100% approve of Damian Lewis, Blake Shelton and Chris Hemsworth.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Blake Shelton and his passive agressive homophobia can munch a f*ck. I don't care how tall a drink of water he is.

  • Give him a big bowl of dicks. That should keep his pie hole plugged for quite a while.

  • Shonda

    Matt Bomer. Jesus keerist, is that a beautiful man. Can you imagine what he must look like in person?

    And I will never understand the appeal of Affleck. He looks like a regular ol' soccer dad. Don't get me wrong; he's easy on the eyes and would make the other soccer dads jealous but Sexiest Man Alive? He's wicked talented but he's Bland Affleck. He's like vanilla ice cream, even if you call it Gourmet Madagascar Vanilla Bean! it's still just vanilla.

    Also, I can't unsee tiny mouth on Damian Lewis now. Damn you, SNL.

  • Matt Bomer looks to me like he fell smoothly out of a cookie cutter.

  • Shonda

    Pretty boys do it for me. I can appreciate the rugged hot ones but the pretty ones are right in my wheel house.

  • that dude is overrated. too pretty for me with weird big eyes but i can understand why people find him cute. Same with tatum

  • Weegiburd

    And just where is Timothy Olyphant???? Mmmmm?

  • olyphantitus

    OLYPHANT!!!!!!!!!!!! I demand he be named here. It's a travesty that THE sexiest man walking the planet isn't even on the LIST let alone number 1. He's worked with pretty much everyone on the list and in the world, too.

  • duckandcover

    Crushed beneath some gigantic hat.

  • luthien26

    This list has a distinct lack of Hiddleston. ;)

  • luthien26

    I should add, this is something that I think needs to be fixed!

  • Comfy

    Hiddleston was robbed! Robbed, I say.

  • catagisreading

    I have a question, why pray tell are all these gentlemen wearing shirts? How can we make an accurate assessment of their, ahem, manly charms with shirts on?

  • DeistBrawler

    Watch any one of their films?

  • Agreed! This is an OUTRAGE.

  • Also, when did Ben Affleck get hot again? Because, DAMN. Salt & pepper works on him.

  • The beard in Argo gave me all kinds of confusing feelings.

  • Natallica

    Definitely, he's aged well

  • Bedewcrock

    He just needs to move to only directing and he'll finally shake off that last bit of douchery.

  • All this list tells me is that Pajiba understands who is sexy better than People magazine.

  • Blake

    Is John Hamm retired (to the SMA : HOF) or somehow not eligible for the title of "Sexist Man Alive"?

    Of this list Lewis should be number #1 followed by Cumberbatch, Gosling, Fassbender, Coster-Waldau and Elba. HM: Levitt, Winshaw and Smith.

  • duckandcover

    There has been a severe ignorance of Coster-Waldau. Severe. You'd think with how practically everyone covers the rage that is GOT, someone would actually watch an episode and go, "HMM." Then again, I don't think anyone would emerge with their sanity from that show. It's too delicious, ranging from the older (Charles Dance, Iain Glen) to the middler (Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jason Momoa) to the younger (Kit Harrington, Richard Madden, Alfie Allen with his weird face).

  • Samantha Klein

    I'm pretty positive People mag has no clue who Fassbender is, because this is the second year in a row he's been ignored. Bastards.

  • You list is giving me feel faint. *fans self*

  • Alice

    If only the People's cover could have been a gif of Magic Mike dancing to Pony. It would be so pants-stuff-able.

  • Skyler Durden is not logged in

    Schmidt? Really? He is so deep in my imaginary friend zone that trying to see him as sexual gives me the squicks. It like trying to get down with my brother.

  • Atoz15

    ya it should definitely be ├╝ber sexed jake Johnson

  • blorft

    That photo doesn't exactly help. It's very awkward ballerina.

  • blacksred

    i would have voted for Thor of Asgard personally

  • I'm fine with the choice. I used to dismiss Spud but at this point his charm has won me over.

    I predict next year will be the year of Alexander Skarsgard. He's got a lot coming down the pipeline, heavy on the indie, including the well-received What Maisie Knew. And, dollars to donuts season 6 of True Blood will truly be the year of Eric Northman. Nobody can resist a healthy dose of the Viking Vampire God.

  • Natallica

    Hemsworth was robbed. ROBBED I say! Give me a call, Chris, I know how to soothe your pain in this times of injustice. You can come too, Paul. Just lock the door, I don't want the emu into my house.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Emus can jump. Lock and bar the window.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Agreed. Nothing against Spudsie, but that pic of Hemsworth on the bike is DELICIOUS.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Oh, Hemsworth. You are my favorite, when Tom Hardy isn't around.

  • celery

    You have good taste.

  • Oh Damian Lewis. You ginger god of tortured glances. You will be mine.

  • Bedewcrock

    Yes. I want to make "ginger god of tortured glances" a moniker somehow.

  • Holly

    If I had a ginger boyfriend I'd totally make him wear a marine uniform while cosplay Carrie Mathison for Halloween.

    Or any given night.

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