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Tamara Drewe Breakout Isn't Arterton: It's Luke Evans

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 24, 2010 at 11:46AM

Stephen Frears' bucolic romantic romp Tamara Drewe stars fetching Clash of the Titans star Emma Arterton in short-shorts, but with Frears' leading lady stuck in America promoting Prince of Persia, the breakout star from the film at Cannes was hunky Welsh newcomer Luke Evans. He's made eight movies in the last year, including Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Clash of the Titans, Robin Hood and the upcoming Jason Statham actioner Blitz. Now he's set to play Aramis in Summit's The Three Musketeers as well as the title role of Vivaldi.
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Stephen Frears' bucolic romantic romp Tamara Drewe stars fetching Clash of the Titans star Emma Arterton in short-shorts, but with Frears' leading lady stuck in America promoting Prince of Persia, the breakout star from the film at Cannes was hunky Welsh newcomer Luke Evans. He's made eight movies in the last year, including Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Clash of the Titans, Robin Hood and the upcoming Jason Statham actioner Blitz. Now he's set to play Aramis in Summit's The Three Musketeers as well as the title role of Vivaldi.

Why is everyone falling over themselves to cast him? He's rugged, manly and sensitive, a fearsome combination. Frears was tearing his hair out as he sought a D. H. Lawrence man-of-the-earth type as Drewe's country neighbor and childhood crush. "We couldn't cast the part," said Frears over lunch at the Carlton Beach. "He came in the room and it was what we were looking for. A hunk like you used to see in westerns, like Gordon McRae." Why are such men in short supply? "Feminism," joked Frears. "There aren't many men like that."

I'm not sure if Evans will ever be as gifted an actor as fellow Welshmen Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins and Michael Sheen, but it's something to aspire to. At Cannes, I was not the only woman taken by his charms. Check the video 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.