Whether the allegations concerning Bryan Singer are true or false, one thing is for sure: the man’s certainly got an eye for talent. From twinky to brawny and young to DILF (or in one case GILF), here are a few of the hunkiest guys to ever go in front of the camera for the out director.
Bryan Singer was “dead set on casting an unknown” when he took the reins of the iconic Superman franchise to make 2006’s Superman Returns, and an unknown is exactly what he got. The Des Moines, Iowa-raised, 6’2″ Brandon Routh had toiled away in a few episodes of MTV’s Undressed (remember that?) and sporadic daytime soap opera spots, but everything changed when Singer cast him as Superman.
With a million dollar salary to match his million dollar looks, Routh was poised to take off until the movie was released, ended up being awful and was rejected by both fans and critics. The franchise died for a few years until springing back to life with last year’s Man Of Steel, and Routh’s career never really regained footing. He played the boring straight guy in 2012’s short-lived gay-themed CBS sitcom Partners and doesn’t seem to have anything interesting on the horizon. Perhaps Singer will come up with another great role for him.
Lean and boyish Nicholas Hoult wasn’t exactly a Hollywood rookie when he signed up for the Singer-directed Jack The Giant Slayer, but the film was his first big lead role. Hoult had a small role as Beast in X-Men: First Class, but more intriguingly played gay (and showed off his considerable assets) as a young student hot for DILF-y Colin Firth in 2009’s A Single Man. Jack The Giant Slayer grossed $65 million on a $195 million budget and was one of the more notorious flops of 2013. Still, Singer’s holding onto this one. Hoult will appear in the upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past as well as the recently announced followup X-Men: Apocalypse.
Well what do you know? We’ve got yet another Bryan Singer discovery to add to the list! Hugh Jackman and his rippling muscles have been around for so long that he seems like Hollywood royalty at this point, but in early 2000 he was an Australian musical theatre actor trying his luck in L.A.
After Dougray Scott (remember him?) was forced to pull out of the original X-Men due to scheduling conflicts with Mission: Impossible 2, the more-or-less unknown Jackman was given the job to replace him and the rest is comic book geek history. With the exception of his Broadway stint as Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, Jackman has never really played gay, but that certainly hasn’t stopped the gay rumors from swirling around him.
It seems like we’ve been talking about Michael Fassbender and The Largest Penis Ever Seen On Earth forever, but prior to his American breakout role in X-Men: First Class (produced by Singer, but directed by Matthew Vaughn) he was just another international actor with a couple of intense indie flicks to his credit. Though it was Singer who first put him on America’s radar there was something else that got the rest of us talking back in 2011, and we’ve only just now begun to get over it. Fassbender is a bit older than the types Singer usually gives the breaks to, but unlike Routh he wasn’t exactly some wide-eyed ingenue when he hit L.A. Fassy will next be seen in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Last seen in Shame, his penis is said to be mulling over scripts.
Definitely the anti-twink of this group, brawny German-born Thomas Kretschmann was directed by Singer in a little seen 2008 thriller Valkyrie, which also starred heterosexual box office superstar Tom Cruise. The film’s plot is some hooey about German officers trying to assassinate Hitler after World War II, but after looking at Kretschmann’s pics we can just imagine Singer directing him to give “blue steel” in front of the camera.
Hostel: Part III and the presumably horrible Dracula 3D came soon after, so Singer didn’t exactly have the midas touch with his career as he did with Jackman, but with the upcoming Avengers: Age Of Ultron, things seem to be on the upswing for Mr. Kretschmann. And if things get too hard, the 51-year old can always pull a Fassbender to get people talking.