Where Are The Romantic Leading Men?

“Romantic comedy used to mean grown-up sex appeal, dazzling wit and fizzy, sparring dialogue, typically delivered at a breakneck pace.” Not anymore. And why not? A lack of male actors who are good at it. “Few seem to want to risk playing romantic leads, and one suspects few could pull it off. In part, this is because film acting styles have changed over the past 30 or 40 years. The long shadow of Method acting hangs over actors today. Men need to look deep inside themselves to plumb their characters’ motivation; it’s a serious business, and hard to square with classic romantic comedy, which calls for deadpan devilry, a barely controlled madness, and a willingness to don a tuxedo and look suave and silly simultaneously. Who’s up to it?”