Clive Owen is 48 years old & sideburn-y in Paris: could Clive still get it?

I will never stop talking about Clive Owen, even if he isn’t in my current Forever Dong rotation. My current rotation is: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon (has anyone else been watching The Following?!?) and Michael Fassbender. It’s been a while since I’ve had a good, dirty fantasy about Clive. It’s been even longer since he wrote me a dirty letter! But even in his absence… Clive could still get it, right? He’s 48 years old, by the way. Aging like a fine wine.

Anyway, these are new photos of Clive at the Paris premiere of his film Shadow Dancer. I believe we had photos of London premiere last year, so I guess this film is coming out in not-so-steady drips. Maybe they’re having distribution problems. Clive looks good, right? He always wears the hell out of a suit, his hair looks decent, and I’m enchanted by his late-in-life sideburns. He still knows how to eye-f—k a camera too.

In other Clive news, he’s no longer going to be doing the long-gestating Sin City sequel/prequel, A Dame To Kill For. At one point, many years ago, Clive was supposed to reprise his role and Angelina Jolie was supposed to play “the dame” Ava Lord. Now Josh Brolin is taking over Clive’s part and Eva Green will be playing “the dame”. Which brings me to something I’ve been meaning to ask about Clive – doesn’t it feel like he’s in a major career slump? I mean, I love him and I’ll still seek out his movies… but I wish he would make better movies. Back in 2005-6, it felt like Clive was going to be the next big leading actor… and then everything kind of petered out for him, career-wise. Come on, Clive!

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. BW says:

    I used to get hot for Clive, but I don’t think he’s aging well. I suspect, SUSPECT, that he’s really much older than he says he is. And his dyed hair color just clashes with his skin. I think he’d look hotter if he just owned his age and went all silver fox.

  2. Ranunculus says:

    Whenever I see his face I remember how he ruined Alfonso Curaon’s “Children Of Men” with his lame performance.

  3. pinkheart says:

    yes , i would forever welcome clive for a biscuit party ,that makes me wonder why hasnt he ever been chosen to play “BOND”,i still watch “closer” only to watch him talk dirty to julia and jude law

    • Bridget says:

      Supposedly he turned down Bond because that’s not the career that he wants to have. We may say that his career ‘fizzled’ but he’s probably still making an EXCELLENT living and doing the movies that he wants to do. And all it really takes is for one of those little roles to really get awards traction.

  4. Post-Its says:

    Clive 4Evr. I’m so disappointed his career didn’t take off after Closer and Children of Men. And then of course, there was the movie where he was having sex with his sister, that also stared Alan Rickman. Interesting flick.

    And just to add, I love The Following!But I totally lust after James Purefoy.

  5. renata says:

    So true! Every time I see an ad for one of his films I wonder what the heck happened to this guys career? He was so a-list for awhile, then suddenly he dropped like a rock.

    Ads for some of his recent films have looked really, really third-rate. One I saw a trailer on from a few months ago looked flat-out like some schlocky horror film. He must have ticked off someone very important in Hollywood to have gone off a cliff like that. In his day he was terrific. I think he still looks pretty good. And this guy could act. He wasn’t just a pretty face.

  6. Ms Kay says:

    Aaaahhhh glad Eva Green is taking over the role. And Josh Brolin will do a fine work, thank goodness he is an amazing actor in spite of being a douche.

    Clive didn’t do much since Sin City but he’s still a well respected actor imo.

  7. lucy2 says:

    I still like him, but yeah, it does seem like his career fizzled a bit. Maybe he didn’t like doing big movies, or maybe something happened and he doesn’t get offered those anymore.

  8. Malaney says:

    YES YES YES. and i also want him to talk dirty to me with this sexy voice of his.

  9. T.Fanty says:

    He’s definitely on the hot spectrum, but overall, biscuit tingles don’t happen because a) he is a truly terrible actor (and I don’t get how that isn’t universally accepted as fact), and b) named Clive.

    And I’m deeply impressed with the dong rotation. I’ll book them for Tuesdays, please.

    • carrie says:

      he’s pretty good in CROUPIER and CLOSER

    • Miss Kiki says:

      Doesn’t tingle your biscuits you say? Well that’s fortuitous because Clive sets mine ablaze.

      On another note is he a bad actor? I always thought Clive was a good actor, have I just been blinded by love? I liked him in Closer, Children of Men and Croupier, although I wasn’t impressed with that mess of a film he did with JenAn, Derailed(?)

      • T.Fanty says:

        Honestly, I find him incredibly monotonous and uninteresting as an actor. I always feel that he gives some kind of variation on the same performance. He’s fine at what he does, but going into a Clive Owen movie, you pretty much know what you’re going to get. He’s got average talent, at best, but I think he’s got away with it because he’s older/British/less traditionally pretty-boy looking.

      • Miss Kiki says:

        I’ve realised that aside from the 3 films I listed I’ve only seen him in Sin City and the bits of that awful King Arthur film. I’m starting to think that I was blinded by love, I asked Mr Kiki and he said your assessment was spot on. For the time being he’s still a mild biscuit tingler but I’m going to re watch a few films this weekend and probably come back saying he’s a mediocre at best actor. So I’m annoyed at you in advance for bursting my bubble.

      • Camille (TheOriginal) says:

        Clive and Vincent were the only good things about that awful Derailed movie. Aniston ruined it with her awful attempts at acting. If they had cast an ‘actually’ sexy/pretty actress who had talent then that movie might have been OK.

      • Miss Kiki says:

        Honestly I don’t know who to blame for that shambles, I’m pretty critical of JenAn at the best of times but I can’t even put the blame solely on her.

      • T.Fanty says:

        Miss Kiki,

        I’m so sorry! Although, if you plan on doing a Clive retrospective, I would recommend starting with Inside Man. If your bubble truly has been burst, then you still have Denzel, a slightly “less grizzled” Willem Defoe and Chiwetel Ejiofor as backup.

        Or the second Elizabeth movie, which, IMDB has just told me, also Eddie Redmaye (and Geoffrey Rush, who is equally worthy of your adoration, albeit in the non-biscuit tingling sense).

  10. Natalie says:

    I have a sneaking suspicion that he doesn’t *want* to be a leading man. He talks very highly of his family and their importance in interviews and even at the peak of his fame was slumming contracts for watches and high end liquor (suggesting he was busy making money and not worried about his future “brand”). Lainey talks about his lack of networking chops & disdain for popularity contests in a few of her older articles.

  11. T.Fanty says:

    How is The Following? It’s on my DVR, but I have heard it is terrible. I used to be SO hot for James Purefoy, but I fear the years have not been kind.

  12. maria says:

    He could’ve had me anyway in Children of Men, not so much anymore….

  13. V4Real says:

    Wow Clive there you are. This boy has been MIA for a minute. I am also surprised at how what looked like a promising career fizzled. I thought he was a good actor. He wasn’t what some would consider handsome but I found his look interesting and I was attracted to him and that voice. He can still get it.
    BTW I have The Following DVR’d but haven’t watched yet. Love Bacon and JP

  14. kpist says:

    I love The Following. It is chock full of suspense. It’s creepy too. It keeps me on the edge of my chair. The Bacon is still hot.

    I don’t know what to think of that new cult cop giving him that book though.

  15. BooBooLaRue says:

    Better to watch “Croupier” over and over again. Yes. He. Could.

  16. FassDaActor says:

    Children of Men and Closer…yup still a fan. I don’t have a short memory. Get this man some good scripts.

  17. Mouse says:

    Just watched King Arthur last night. My biscuit was burning more for Mads MIkkelsen, but Clive was a close second.

  18. Sue says:

    I’d do him!
    Btw: the man has a great voice!

  19. joozie says:

    First I was like “okay- let’s have a closer look..”
    …but who am I fooling really?! :D
    ..if only for that georgous voice!

  20. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    I adore Clive! Clive, Michael Fassbender and James Purefoy are on my forever dong list. So yes, yes I would hit it.

    Clive is a great actor but his career isn’t anywhere that it should be. IMO he should have been Bond instead of that fugly troll faced grump Daniel Whatsit.

    • FassDaActor says:

      This-is-the-truth minus Purefoy. I still need time to check him out. Fassbender is soooo fn HOT that he knocked of Christian Bale. BALE? I thought that would never happened to me. Still love him but he lost the top slot.

      Clive Owens as Bond? Yes, I see it.