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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Obscure Celebrity Crushes: The Legend Continues

We're going to do two of these today, because I didn't post one yesterday -- apologies, but I died of boredom at my desk. Which, if you get the obscure in-joke, leads us in nicely to one of our winners:

Obscure Celebrity Crush #4: Martin Freeman
At first I had thought that Martin Freeman wasn't quite obscure enough for this list -- after all, the man has co-starred in an award-winning, ground-breaking TV series and a semi-successful summer sci-fi tentpole. Not to mention having the funniest and sweetest storyline in a huge ensemble romantic comedy.

But whereas these sorts of career moves would normally catapult a talented actor into the stratosphere, Martin Freeman remains relatively uncelebrated, in part because of his scraggly, self-depricating, unassuming persona, making him perfectly suited to play oddly charming British slubs -- and win my heart. His portrayal of Tim on The Office made me feel like I was in junior high school all over again, and I am not going to say how much I cried the first (and, hell, the second) time I saw the Christmas special.

My ardor for Tim has cooled slightly as the years pass and I feel less guilty about loving Jim, Tim's American counterpart. And you can only watch Hitchhiker's Guide so many times (in fact, two might be the upper limit). But there's something about a man willing to say:

No I don't talk about my love life for a very good reason, and that reason is I don't have one. Which is very good news for the ladies-I am still available. I'm a heck of a catch, cos, er well look at it. I live in Slough, in a lovely house, with my parents. I have my own room, which I've had since yep, since I was born. That's seen a lot of action I tell you. Mainly dusting. I went to university for a year as well, before I dropped out, so I'm a quitter. So, er, form an orderly queue ladies.

That just makes me want to get in line.

Obscure Celebrity Crush #3: Will Kemp
This one's a bit dusty, dating primarily to the summer before Van Helsing was released. But when I tracked down the Gap ad that lead to Will Kemp's brief flame-out of a Hollywood career, I realized that he could still make this list.

I mean, the boy can't act. But he sure can dance.

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