I started reading Bill Simmons in 2001, in the freshman dorms at USC, poring over articles with my friends, marveling that someone had taken his love of sports and entertainment and was making a go of it. In a lot of ways, Simmons—aka “the Sports Guy”—is my hero. I followed him for years on ESPN and he’s recently launched Grantland.com, which has rapidly become a Grade A Time Waster for me, like videos of cute kittens and Cracked.com. I have five dreams in life, one of which is to get an “atta girl” from Bill Simmons.
So it kind of crushes me when I disagree with him, but I’m not 100% on board with his take on the state of the Movie Star. Which is to say, I actually think he’s being really, really, REALLY generous. Simmons lists twenty-four male movie stars (women aren’t included in this article at all, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and go with—he’s writing about Will Smith and Ryan Reynolds so he’s sticking to their male counterparts), which are: Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Robert Downey, Jr., Christian Bale, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Russell Crowe, Jeff Bridges, Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Affleck, Jake Gyllenhaal, Justin Timberlake and Kevin James. Continue reading “The state of the Movie Star according to Bill Simmons”