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Hot, Hot, Hot: 2012's Summer Movie Beefcakes

  • Taylor Kitsch

    The Movie: Battleship, opening May 18. This movie, based on the classic board bame, tells the story of aliens who attack the Earth from the sea.
    Where You’ve Seen Him: Starring in John Carter, if you were one of the twelve people who actually paid to see it. Also Friday Night Lights.
    What’s Next: Starring in another summer blockbuster, Savages, about peaceful marijuana growers and violent cartels.
    Fun Fact: Kitch also played the guy who got killed while having sex with his girlfriend in the lavatory in Snakes On a Plane.

  • Sam Claflin

    The Movie: Snow White and the Huntsman, a reimagining of the fairy tale containing more death and violence, while still offering a part for every dwarf actor in Hollywood. Claffin plays the prince in the film, which debuts on June 1.
    Where You’ve Seen Him: Playing an Englishman in Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides and in the TV miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, about peasants in medieval England.
    What’s Next: Playing an Englishman in a new movie with Mad Men’s Jared Harris (a.k.a. The English Guy).
    Fun Fact: Claflin’s ability to play English characters stems from his being from England.

  • Michael Fassbender

    The Movie: Prometheus, out on June 8. The film is the prequel to Alien and co-stars Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, and Noomi Rapace.
    Where You’ve Seen Him: Smoldering in movies like Inglorious Basterds, X-Men First Class, and Shame.

  • Diego Boneta

    The Movie: Boneta co-stars with Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages (out June 15), the big-screen adaptation of the Broadway jukebox musical.
    Where You’ve Seen Him: Playing the token Hispanic guy on 90210 Pretty Little Liars, and Mean Girls 2.
    What’s Next: He’ll star as Adam in a new adaptation of Paradise Lost.
    Fun Fact: Boneta was a child star in Mexico, appearing in telenovelas and releasing albums.

  • Alex Pettyfer

    The Movie: In Magic Mike, opening on June 29, Pettyfer plays “The Kid,” a newbie male stripper taken under Channing Tatum’s wing. Expect lots of Chippendales-style pelvic thrusting.
    *Where You’ve Seen Him:*The popcorn-friendly flicks In Time and I Am Number Four.
    What’s Next: Nothing lined up just yet.
    Fun Fact: Pettyfer was reportedly engaged to Glee actress Dianna Agron, and when the couple broke up, his temper frightened Agron so much that she checked into a hotel under an alias.

  • Benjamin Walker

    The Movie: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, out on June 29, tells the story of our sixteenth president, who saved the country from a vampire invasion and did some other stuff, too.
    Where You’ve Seen Him: Off-Broadway, where he starred in the critically-acclaimed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
    What’s Next: Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, a Very Serious Film About Social Justice, co-starring Christopher Plummer and Danny Glover.
    Fun Fact: Walker is married to Meryl Streep’s daughter Mamie Gummer. And he really loves American history.

  • Tom Hardy

    The Movie: Hardy plays the villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, hitting theaters on July 20.
    Where You’ve Seen Him: Looking hunky and English in movies like This Means War, Warrior, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Inception.
    What’s Next: Starring in the new reboot of the Mad Max series.
    Fun Fact: Sober since 2003, the thirty-five-year-old Hardy battled crack addiction in his twenties.


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