Are you wondering if you should go to the cinema, and watch Guillermo Del Toro’s new vehicle “Pacific Rim?” Maybe you are just not that into SciFi, maybe you didn’t like Guillermo’s earlier movies. (Pan’s Labyrinth may not be for everyone.) However if you enjoyed one of the best TV shows of the past decades, according to IMDB voters, “The Wire”, and if you are waiting to watch more of “Sons of Anarchy,” you should definitely see “Pacific Rim.” The critics are divided whether or not Charlie Hunnam, SOA’s Jax Teller, really gave it his all. Some of those critics were not that impressed by his performance. However, almost everybody agrees on one thing. Idris Elba, or Stringer Bell for “The Wire” fans, definitely held nothing back, when he portrayed no-holds-barred commander Stacker Pentecost. Idris describes his character: “Today we are cancelling the apocalypse.” This quote is already so iconic, it made it into this year’s pop culture lexicon.
What is the secret that makes us want to see Charlie Hunnam vs Idris Elba or better yet Jax Teller vs Stringer Bell, and why do we admire both men? It probably is that they portray dangerously sexy men, for some of the television demographics. An old saying goes: women want to date them and men want to be them.
Who doesn’t want to have a boyfriend who is so sure of himself? Who walks around like they own the world and that he deserves to be with you? Or who doesn’t want to feel that way and never doubt their own decisions. No more doubtful moments, you know what you want, you go for it and you don’t apologize, ever!
Of course Jax had his weaker moments. He did cheat on Tara and struggled to get away from the bad memories about his dad, step dad and mother. (Yup that was Peggy from Married with children if you were still wondering where you knew this woman from.) In addition Hunnam wasn’t able to beat his step dad in Sons of Anarchy and now Ron Perlman, the actor who plays Clay Morrow, stars also in “Pacific Rim.” Lets hope they are not only cancelling the apocalypse but that this time Ron Perlman’s character gets what he deserves. Today we want to see some justice, even if it’s not for “Opie”, it will be satisfying anyway.
Stringer Bell has his own struggles. He has to be loyal to Avon Barksdale as well as keep himself from getting arrested, and from the business going belly up. Regardless of all of those struggles they keep their swagger. According to Charlie, his swagger is natural. He acquired it during his childhood. He said: “People from Newcastle are called Geordies, and where I grew up was a battleground, if you couldn’t fight, you were dead. The walk was almost like the warning — an attempt to project ‘You fight me, it’s going to be all bad for you.”
Idris doesn’t understand all the commotion about his sexiness and doesn’t think of himself as sexy. He said: “I’m not sure what it is they see, not to mention that, personally, I feel very awkward. There’s no way all those women would ever sleep with me and go, “I really liked him”. Some of them would go, “He was really boring or he was a bit aggressive or, urgh, actor.” But it’s a compliment and it’s a massive tool to use in sculpting a career, especially with what I do for a living because I work in the face business. So it’s a compliment and I use it accordingly.” Doesn’t that make Elba even sexier? Nobody could say; “Today we are cancelling the apocalypse” sexier and more believable. (Because indeed lets cancel that apocalypse and enjoy watching Charlie and Idris in their new movie “Pacific Rim.”)
By Georgina Pijttersen