I’m still celebrating with Tina Russo Radcliffe who just sold her first manuscript to Steeple Hill. Her perseverance has paid off – which should be encouragement to any aspiring authors out there. Her book, The Rancher’s Reunion comes out in January 2011.
Tina’s been writing romantic short stories for years and is part of the fantastic group of authors known as the Seekers. To learn more about The Seekers, check out their site at http://seekerville.blogspot.com. To learn more about Tina, check out her website at www.tinarusso.com
Now, on to the hero stuff.
1. Sense of humor
2. Great smile
3. Nice back pockets
Definitely! Love the last one. LOL.
So, after about a day (on and off) of research, I’ve compiled a list of a few top funny actors from the big-screen. Consistently funny actors. These are not MY top picks, but the general consensus among internet surfing.
(In no particular order)
- Steve Martin
- Cary Grant
- Hugh Grant
- Matthew McConnaughey
- Steve Carrell (another one of my favs…hilarious)
- Jim Carey
- Greg Kinnear
- Tom Hanks
- John Cusack
- Bill Murray
- Johnny Depp (just for you, Tina 😉
- Richard Gere
- Nicholas Cage
- Gregory Peck
- Robin Williams
- Jackie Chan
- John Cleese
Some of my top picks:
- Leopold (Hugh Jackman) from Kate and Leopold
- Gandalf from Lord of the Rings – GREAT one liners
- Mark Ruffalo in Just Like Heaven
- Indiana Jones in…movies 1 & 3
- Cary Grant
- Colin Firth in The Importance of Being Earnest & Nanny McPhee
- Nicholas Cage in Moonstruck, The Family Man, National Treasure
I know I’m missing some, but can’t think of them all.
What makes a sense of humor so attractive? Why is it hero-quality?
Research varies on the answer and some of the research points to ‘sex’ differences making the ‘humor’ difference. It seems that women find a man more attractive if he’s funny, and men find a woman more attractive if she finds him funny.
The basic idea behind this is that men are insecure at heart. They need an overt awareness of a woman’s attraction, so if she laughs at his jokes, then that’s an immediate connection. On the other hand, women are looking for someone who seems agreeable, nice, an ‘emotional’ connection, per se.
Laughter automatically sends the good hormones in the brain firing – making us feel good inside anyway. And who doesn’t want to feel good?
But as Tina so wonderfully pointed out, funny combined with a nice package makes for the BEST type of hero. A great smile? Definitely, it’s the first thing that draws me to someone. A sense of humor – without a doubt in my TOP THREE. Nice back pockets? I don’t’ think she’s referring to where he keeps his wallet for financial security, but who doesn’t like a pretty wrapper, right? 😉
Humor doesn’t just show a happy heart, it gives a clue into the depth of the person. People with healthy senses of humor are usually happier in general and more intelligent – because it takes a fair amount of wit to be funny. They also seem to be more optimistic, with a brighter outlook on situations.
Even in dramatic movies or sad situations, humor lets us know that the worst hasn’t happened yet, that there is still hope in the middle of it all. And hope is attractive, beautiful even.
Gandalf finds something witty to say even in the direst of circumstances.
Almost all of the other movie characters use sarcasm to lighten the situation and bring humor to the moment.
They’re attractive – and most of them have pretty nice back pockets too 😉
So, add some humor and increase the appeal of your hero.
Remember, humor is a key ingredient to joy. As Christians we are reminded to rejoice in the Lord, the joy of the Lord is our strength…etc.
Besides, if you’re ever in doubt that God has a sense of humor – just look in the mirror.
I’ll leave you with a verse that tells us to have a bit of humor – Colossians 4:6
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
What do you think ‘seasoned with salt’ means? 😉 (Yeah, I know it can mean wisdom too, but the thought of it meaning ‘flavor’ seems better to me 😉