I have a confession to make. Last week I betrayed myself, I betrayed you, I betrayed humanity itself when I wrote a post on about movie characters who are genuinely awful but everyone wants to bang them anyway, and I somehow left Steff from Pretty In Pink out. James Spader is that list. I have never felt more ashamed.
In order to make it up to you, dear Pajibans, and to hopefully restore some measure of faith in my own self, I present a sample of Spader’s movies, ranked in terms of how bangable he is in them. I’m leaving out his TV work and a good chunk of his movies, mostly those I have not seen. I don’t do body horror and refuse to watch Crash on general principle. Feel free to debate James Spader’s relative bangability in works I have omitted in the comments. Nay. Feel encouraged.
There’s a certain bangability to how fully Spader commits to the role of a smarmy, pathetic little worm… I… guess…? But the combover. Oh, the combover.
If I want anyone to be a sexual freak in a James Spader movie, I want it to be James Spader.
Plus, any potential bangability is thwarted by the general sense of nausea that comes from knowing you’re watching Andrew McCarthy’s career imploding right in front of your eyes.
Bangability Rating: 3
Less than Zero
Bangable-even-when-he’s-being-a-total-jackass is an indispensable part of the James Spader package, but forcing baby Tony Stark into male prostitution is a little dark, even for me. And again, awful hair.
Bangability Rating: 4
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Pretty in Pink
And yet. And yet. This, more than anything else on this list, is Peak Spader. The appeal, though undeniably real, can never fully be explained by either religion or science.
Bangability Rating: 9.8
Sex Lies and Videotape
Rebecca (@RebeccaPahle) dedicates this post to Kristy, who inspired it a few months back when she started talking about how she’d still totally fuck James Spader in Lincoln. His character name is Bilbo, Kristy. BILBO.