Thursday, December 18, 2008
Did the camera ever love a face and form as much as it adored Guy Madison?
Simultaneously boy-next-door appealing and unattainably gorgeous, Madison's almost otherworldly beauty gave even the most banal studio beefcake shots the aura of great Renaissance art. What Michaelangelo would have done to his body!
As the above scene from Gunmen of the Rio Grande (1965) neatly demonstrates, even in maturity, the god-like Mr. Madison sidestepped the usual fate of the Pretty Face: instead of deteriorating, he developed into a buff daddy for the ages.
Unsung among heroes, we hereby nominate Guy Madison as The Perfect Male Specimen of All Time. We salute you, sir.