Friday, June 14, 2019
Elia Saikaly, Global Adventurer sounds like a great movie title, but not sure whether it should star Chris Pratt or Mike Myers. Of course if there profiling the real Elia Saikaly, it needs to be Pratt, or another Hollywood hunk who'll whip off their shirts frequently while on adventures. Now given Saikaly is often adventuring on Mount Everest, and the average summit temperature is about -19 C, (-2 F) shirtless scenes might be pushing it, but given Saikaly has been known to bath in ice water, it's not that much of a stretch.
I first read about the filmmaker and adventurer last year, I as reminded of his hunkiness a few weeks ago when cable news decided to take a slight break from covering the orange terror to spend a day focusing on the recent uptick in deaths on mount Everest. Saikaly appeared on a few shows discussing the problem and although he was discussing a serous and tragic topic, he still managed to brighten my day.
The Manchester brothers, Tom and Jack Morgan have been chronicling their fitness progress for awhile now on-line, but I just discovered their Instagram recently. As adorable as they look clean shaven, I think I prefer them with the sexy beards.
Before & After
Although I've long since soured on Alan Dershowitz, I'd always loved the book and subsequent film adaptation of Reversal of Fortune, (1990) and tuned in during a recent airing on my 90's movie channel. I'd seen the movie on VHS when I was a kid, and was looking forward to again seeing Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close in their roles as Claus and Sunny von Bülow.
The remains compelling, especially given Claus von Bülow died just last month. In addition to the great performances by Irons, Close and Ron Siver as Alan Dershowitz, I took note of Alan's cute son Elon this time around. Elon was played by actor Stephen Mailer.
Mailer, son of renowned author Norman Mailer, was an actor I enjoyed in many roles, and on many VHS movie nights in the eighties and nineties. Although Mailer never became incredibly famous, it wasn't through lack of work, nor of talent. Mailer put in some great performances in many movies I bet you watched over the years.
With Dad and Lauren Graham on The Gilmore Girls (2004)
In addition to Reversal of Fortune, Mailer was many successful films from big screen hits including Cry-Baby, A League of their Own and smaller films like Rabbit Hole, Baby Mama and one of my favorites, Red Meat. Mailer also appeared on television with roles on Law & Order, the daytime soap As The World Turns and a memorable turn with his father on Gilmore Girls in 2010.
With Sandra Oh (Rabbit Hole, 2010)
I think I first discovered Mailer when I was in high school and rewound and re-watched his butt scene in the 1994 comedy Getting In, more times than I can remember. The nude scene in Getting in was one of three of Mailer's nude scenes, all of which occurred in three consecutive movies in the mid to late 90's. Check out all three in the SKIN part of the ACTORS & SKIN post below.
Getting In (1994)
Below: Stephen with Rick Albershardt and Philip Seyour Hoffman vacationing in Ruidoso, New Mexico
Reversal of Fortune (1990)
Getting In (1994)
Mailer's first nude scene was a butt baring in the 1994 comedy Getting In. I couldn't find a great quality copy as the movie has not had a DVD release. Thankfully, Scenes of Male Skin has an old clip from a VHS copy of the film. You may recognize a shocked Christine Baranski (who was also in Reversal of Fortune) as Mailer's mom in the clip below.
Red Meat (1997)
Some FH readers might remember the scene above from a previous post. I used it back in 2017 when featuring the nude scenes of actor John Slattery. (HERE:) I didn't include the clip below of a scene where Slattery and Mailer's characters switch partners which of course, results in a little regret.
Quiet Days in Hollywood (1997)
It took me awhile to find a copy of the multi-character study focused film, Quiet Days in Hollywood from 1997. I believe this is Mailer's only frontal in an interesting scene at the gym... I ordered the DVD from Amazon, and haven't watched it all yet, but had to go in and check out Stephen's scene for the post.