Jewish World Review Dec. 14, 2010 / 7 Teves, 5771
Who's cooler than Steve McQueen? (Answer: nobody)
By Barry Koltnow
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I never wanted to be the grumpy old man who complains incessantly about how everything used to be better in the good old days.
But, sometimes, I can't help myself.
I was reminded of the good old days recently through a series of events. The first was the 30th anniversary of
The second event, which was tied to the previous event, was the release of a warts-and-all McQueen biography by
The third event was the publication of the annual
The magazine really brought it home for me. They sure don't make them like
From his entry into the movie business with "The Blob," and through a succession of roles in movies such as "The Magnificent Seven," "The Great Escape," "The Cincinnati Kid," "
In an industry that has included the likes of
Pundits throw the word "cool" around like it is interchangeable with "attractive" or "hot" or "sexy." But there is a reason why
Sexy, hot or attractive are words that can be bandied about on a yearly basis, but cool is so rare that it is considered generational.
OK, that might be a slight exaggeration. Still, cool is so much cooler than sexy.
Trying to define "cool" is near-impossible. Cool is something you know instinctively when you see it. And, of course, cool — like art — is in the eye of the beholder.
For instance, I acknowledge that
But I wouldn't put any of these high-powered actors on my list of cool movie stars. To be fair, each has had his cool moments on the big screen (Cruise in "Top Gun," Pitt in "Oceans 11" and "Snatch" and Crowe in "L.A. Confidential" and "Gladiator"), but not on a consistent basis.
On the other hand, name a movie in which
But I'm not trying to say that the concept of cool died three decades ago with McQueen. There are a number of cool guys working in
However, they might be named Johnny.
One more thing; the original question we posed — "Who's cooler than
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