Hot Tea Tuesday | The Avengers
Hot Tea Tuesday – a lil’ bit of eye-candy for your Tuesday lunchtime. This week, we take a look at the stars of The Avengers.
It has come to our attention that newly released The Avengers movie contains more than its fair share of beautiful people. With this in mind, this week’s Hot Tea Tuesday is dedicated to Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth and (for the lads) Scarlett Johansson…
Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last few weeks, you’ll be aware of the hype surrounding The Avengers, Joss Whedon’s superhero extravaganza, which looks set to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. Aside from the nerdy comic book goodness and CGI action, the film has a seriously impressive ensemble cast that we felt was worth a Hot Tea special. First up – the charismatic Robert Downey Jr…
Rober Downey Jr.
Reprising his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr.’s performance in The Avengers has been met well by critics, with claims that he outshines the rest of the not-too-shabby cast.
Most of us have practically grown up with Downey Jr., with nearly three decades in the acting business and roles in countless classic movies. His much publicised battle with drugs during his Brat Pack days and controversial behaviour off-screen have contributed to his column inches but he’s been on the straight and narrow since 2003 and now has a three-month-old son with wife Susan.
The clean cut, Massachusetts-born Chris Evans (not the ginger DJ) seems the perfect choice for the Captain America role. Evans made his acting debut on the CBS remake of The Fugitive when he was 19 but his first big film role was in the critically panned Not Another Teen Movie the following year.
Evan’s performance as Johnny Storm in 2005′s Fantastic Four set him up nicely for the Captain America gig in last year’s Captain America: The First Avenger and consequently Marvel’s The Avengers. We also loved him as the often shirtless Colin in last year’s What’s Your Number?.
The doe-eyed Mark Ruffalo made his big break as Laura Linney’s loser brother in 2000′s You Can Count on Me, which won him reviews comparing him to a young Marlon Brando. Other credits include XX/XY, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Zodiac and Shutter Island.
He made his directorial debut with Sympathy for Delicious in 2010, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize.
On playing the Hulk via motion capture Ruffalo says: “We did all the motion capture before we shot the movie, we did it while we were shooting the movie, and we did it after. It was a very very intensive process but I was by myself most of the time, which was lonely… In a leotard which makes all the wrong places look big and all the right places look small.”
Chris Hemsworth started his acting career in everyone’s favourite Australian soap, Home and Away, as Kim Hyde. He also entered the Australian version of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2004, being the fifth contestant to get chucked off. Heady stuff.
And now for some eye-candy for the guys… Hollywood hottie ScarJo plays the Black Widow, originally seen in Iron Man 2, in the Marvel superhero blockbuster.
ScarJo made her acting debut at ten years old in North and was later nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance in Manny & Lo (1996). Aside from critically acclaimed roles in Girl with a Pearl Earring, Lost in Translation, A Love Song for Bobby Long, Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and The Prestige, she has appeared in advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, L’Oréal, Louis Vuitton and a stint as the face of Spanish brand Mango.
Johansson debuted as a vocalist in 2008 on her first album, Anywhere I Lay My Head, mostly made up of cover versions of Tom Waits songs. Her second album, Break Up, with Pete Yorn, was released in September 2009.
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