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Remember this handsome devil from 1995's Cold Comfort Farm?

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Yep, that's Rufus Sewell. A man who is able to be broodingly handsome even as he parodies a man who is broodingly handsome is one to watch. And in 1998, it looked like Rufus was on his way to genuine stardom: he appeared in no less than five films, including a smoldering turn in Dangerous Beauty...

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...and the sympathetic lead in the cult favorite Dark City.

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Those eyes! Those cheekbones! Ladies, start your swooning!

And then...and then...well, 2000's Bless the Child was understandable, I guess. Darkly handsome fellows can exude a certain menace. Yeah, go ahead, play a villain.

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But watch out for the typecasting, willya? Here you are as another dashing baddie in 2001's A Knight's Tale:

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And still another in 2005's The Legend of Zorro:

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And still another in 2006's The Illusionist:

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After that, it was bit parts and TV (not that there's anything wrong with TV, but come on, you had matinee-idol mojo going) until the present day. And here you are as...wait for it...a dashing baddie in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter:

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Now granted, you are one of the better parts of the film - the fact that only Englishmen seem to be able to play Southern aristocrats is endlessly fascinating to me - and granted, there is nothing wrong with being a strong character actor. But for a while there, it looked like you were headed for top billing. Maybe beauty really is dangerous.

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Joaquin_de_la_Mesa June 21, 2012 @ 12:17 p.m.

I think his best work has always been in character parts, hasn't it?

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Matthew Lickona June 21, 2012 @ 12:49 p.m.

Well, certainly most of it. But I really liked him in Dark City. Thought he had the charisma to carry a film.

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