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Phillippe Shows Off Abs, Plays Pattinson on SNL

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 18, 2010 at 7:29AM

This magazine cover stopped me cold in the check-out line in the supermarket. I have always liked Ryan Phillippe as an actor, but he has never really broken out. He's a little too young and pretty. Many actors need to grow into their manhood, add a few face lines and gravitas before they're taken seriously. (Leonardo DiCaprio has finally grown out of his baby fat.)
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Thompson on Hollywood

This magazine cover stopped me cold in the check-out line in the supermarket. I have always liked Ryan Phillippe as an actor, but he has never really broken out. He's a little too young and pretty. Many actors need to grow into their manhood, add a few face lines and gravitas before they're taken seriously. (Leonardo DiCaprio has finally grown out of his baby fat.)

As Phillippe was promoting the Universal action comedy MacGruber, he clearly felt the need to show he has the right stuff for action films. That Men's Health cover sends a message straight to Hollywood execs, producers and casting directors: "I can play macho." (In fact Phillippe played a cop in Paul Haggis's Crash and soldiers in Kimberly Peirce's Stop-Loss and Clint Eastwood's war film Flags of Our Fathers.)

But it was the women at the supermarket who were gasping. UPDATE: Carrie Rickey asks: Are Abs the New Man-Boobs?

Phillippe just did Saturday Night Live, impersonating Rob Pattinson in a rather lame sketch, below:


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.