People Mag’s Sexiest Man Alive is…disappointing (Ryan Reynolds)


Just a few minutes ago, I emailed CB in anticipation of this year’s unveiling on People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. My vote was for Jon Hamm, and CB agreed that he would be a good pick. So… imagine my disappointment when the SMA was unveiled. It’s… Ryan Reynolds (cue clown music). Now, Ryan is cute, he’s got a nice body, he’s turning into a decent (not great, DECENT) actor. But I don’t see the sex appeal with him. Granted, YES, I find men like Gerard Butler and Jon Hamm and Ralph Fiennes attractive. I like my guys dirty and gritty and maybe a little bit gross and serial killer-y. And in The Hamm’s case, he’s not only beautiful, but he can act circles around all of his contemporaries AND he’s a real man, you know? Enough with the boys. Enough with PRETTY boys, with their orange fake tans and their manicured and sculpted bodies. Ryan Reynolds feels like a very safe “Patrick Dempsey” choice – sure, he’s pretty, but do you ever find yourself fantasizing about Dempsey or Ryan Reynolds going to town on you in the middle of a work day? I don’t.

Sure, his chiseled abs have caused millions to swoon, but this year’s Sexiest Man Alive Ryan Reynolds loves to keep them laughing.

“My body naturally wants to look like Dick Van Dyke,” says the 6’2″ actor, who suits up as the Green Lantern next year. “When I stop training, I turn into a skin-colored whisper.”

We doubt that. From growing up the youngest of four brothers in Canada to being the funny guy in films like The Proposal, Reynolds has learned to take everything in stride. “You just have to go with the flow,” he says of his new title. “This gives my family entre into teasing me for the rest of my life. ”

The actor does expect a few new perks at home with his wife of two years, Scarlett Johansson. “Now it’s going to be, ‘Sexiest man, take out the garbage.’ That does sound better,” Reynolds says. “The most difficult part is going to be organically working this title into a conversation with random strangers.”

[From People]

Note: there are two covers circulating, and on one of them, it’s like “Hi, I’m Ryan, here’s my crotch.” On the other, it’s like, “Hi, I’m Ryan, here’s my pec” (see that one here, at People). On one, I see a very old photo of Brad Pitt, and a completely vanilla photo of Jake Gyllenhaal. On the other cover (the official cover), I see insets of Johnny Depp and … Conan O’Brien?!?! I agree with their inclusions on SMA, but I still feel let-down. Where’s The Hamm? Where’s The Franco? Where’s The Gosling? Where’s The RDJ? Ugh. Granted, they may all be on the list, but they didn’t make the cover. Disappointing.

The SMA slideshow is here – the third photo (after Reynolds and The Hamm) is of KELLAN LUTZ. And he’s shirtless. Kellan Lutz wants you to know that Kellan Lutz is shirtless in People Magazine, and Kellan Lutz knows you will enjoy Kellan Lutz’s tweaked nipples. Ugh, Vin Diesel made the list too. What People editor was smoking crack?


45062, NEW YORK, NEW YORK -Friday September 17 2010. Ryan Reynolds, husband of Scarlett Johansson, is seen leaving the CBS's The Early Show and signed autographs for fans before heading to breakfast at Sarabeth's in Midtown. Photograph:

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 13: Actor Ryan Reynolds speaks at 'Buried' press conference during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival at the Hyatt Regency on September 13, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Cast member Jon Hamm poses during a photocall to promote his television series Mad Men at the annual MIPCOM television programme market in Cannes, southeastern France, October 5, 2010. The international film and programme market for TV, video, cable and satellite (MIPCOM) opens from October 4 to October 8 on the French Riviera.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA BUSINESS HEADSHOT)

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  1. aenflex says:

    ryan is not sexually attractive to me either. more like my brother or good cousin or something.

  2. BIte me says:

    Eeew his face is shape like a foot nasty looking ass

  3. guesty says:

    imo…he’s very hot in photos. but once i heard him interviewed…it just killed the hotness factor. so meh.

  4. Jezi says:

    Are you crazy? Ryan Reynolds is hot!!!! He’s been one of my favorites for a long time. Oh god, if you haven’t seen him in Amityville Horror than you don’t know. He’s shirtless there, in the rain, and oh goodness gracious was he a sexy beast. I love his sense of humor and he seems like the ultimate sweetie. Everyone has their opinions though 🙂

  5. Isabel says:

    Dear GOD, WHY?

    This was the Year of The Hamm. Ryan Reynolds is so….meh, snore. And I’m pretty sure he’s living straight up his own ass.

  6. JuliaB says:

    His eyes are too close together and his face is too small for his head. It freaks me out.

    The other people on the slideshow are lame. KELLAN LUTZ? VIN DIESEL? The ugly werewolf on True Blood? Did they just weigh muscle mass? Of course Ryan has that terrible superhero movie coming out too, with Tits Lively.

    Maybe I just don’t understand sexy.

  7. mln says:

    He is so not hot I am sorry he has a nice body but there is zero fizzle, and Kellan Lutz I’d rather see a paper bag.

  8. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Surprisingly I am not super sexually attracted to Ryan either, I have never had a sex dream about him or anything. I do like him a whole bunch and I feel like he is a very good choice for the cover…but maybe not this year’s cover. Maybe after the super hero movie he is in comes out.

    I think someone with a hotter box office or crazy TV star should have been on the cover. Like Leo or whatever.

  9. Sam says:

    boooo. nothing against Ryan, he just isn’t my type – but i was voting for the Hamm as well.

  10. Gwen says:

    He’s a pretty boy IMO but the sexiest man alive? Ha ha ha 😀

  11. Donna Wingfield says:

    Not even close!

  12. happygirl says:

    Ooohhh…I think Ryan is one of the sexiest men on the planet =) Love him!!

    Edit: @ Jezi…I was thinking the same thing! Cannot think of Ryan Reynolds without thinking of him shirtless in Amityville! 🙂

  13. Tazina says:

    I’ve been watching old episodes of Mad Men and Jon Hamm is very handsome. I don’t know if he still has that degree of gorgeosity but it must be close. Ryan Reynolds is flat in interviews, not much in the way of attractiveness vibe.

  14. Praise St. Angie! says:

    Hamm should have won for the package situation alone.

  15. gabs says:

    I was hoping for Brads 3rd cover OR RDJ. This is dissapointing.

  16. dread pirate cuervo says:

    Ryan would look sexier as a “skin colored whisper.” I like my dudes skinny. I find him hot in the same way that I find WWE wrestlers hot. It’s that primal instinct that is attracted to the big beefy alpha male for a hot second, but I wouldn’t want to get naked with them. Or actually talk to them.

  17. telesma says:

    Dude. Someone messed up. I think they meant Ryan Kwanten.

  18. bellaluna says:

    Ummmm, no. Just. No.

    Maybe People just doesn’t understand sexy!

  19. Johnny Depp's Girl says:


    Are you seriously kidding me? I think NOT!!

    He is NOT NOT NOT the sexiest man alive.

    Johnny Depp is.

  20. brin says:

    RR is cute, definitely boy-next-door, not “gross or serial killer-y”lol!
    Hamm would have been a better pick for SMA.(imho).

  21. devilgirl says:

    Ryan is slightly cross eyed.

    Totally a Meh choice, and random.

  22. Jezi says:

    @happygirl thank you!!!! 🙂
    I always thought he was funny and it made him cute but that movie made me drool over him.

  23. Ferguson. says:

    Oh YES, I’m very attracted to Ryan. I don’t like the photo they chose for the cover, though.

  24. Hollowdoll says:

    Very disappointing. There are so many sexier men out there. He does not make my engine purr.

  25. Just a Poster says:

    He is cute, but not the SEXIEST MAN ALIVE!

    More like the SEXIEST MAN ALIVE?!

  26. ziggy says:

    really, these ‘sexiest alive’ lists are ridiculous and narrowly based. ‘people’ mag needs to stop this nonsense.

  27. i says:

    Ryan Reynolds?
    Sexiest Man Alive…maybe to the blind.
    There’s nothing to that guy whatsoever…
    suppose his publicist should feel good though since he owes this entirely to him or her.

  28. Just a Poster says:

    I am going to add this.. I just saw the editor of the sexiest man alive on GMA and well.. she looks like she has only been on the planet for a nanosecond.. so she has no clue what a Sexiest Man Alive would actually look like. She prolly thinks the Jonas Brothers are hot. :/

  29. Raven Sparrow says:

    Eeeeeeewwwwww !!!!

    @Johnny Depp’s Girl : Agree !


  30. Tapioca says:

    Do you all REALLY like Jon Hamm, or just his character in Mad Men, because I don’t recall anyone thinking he was all that before? (Kinda Edward vs. R-Pattz). At least Ryan Reynolds is an actual real-live person. And he is hot!

  31. Janice says:

    Ryan is not attractive to me. He is OK looking, but not sexy. I was hoping it was going to be Handsome Hamm. That cover with Depp and O’Brien in the corner doesn’t make me want to run out and buy this magazine. I might just save my money this year.

  32. Jayna says:

    Great choice. I never miss a movie of his. He’s handsome, sexy, funny, and kind of quirky, with a great body and great head of hair. I like.

  33. Marjalane says:

    Wrong Ryan! Wrong Canadian! Ryan Gosling is SO much better looking, not to mention SO much a better actor!

    This must be a bought and paid for kind of honor.

  34. tracking says:

    two thumbs way, way down. Is this all about Green Lantern PR? Trailer just hit, right? Uggh.

  35. kelBear says:

    @Tapioca Totally agree with ya, to me Jon Hamm is not all that and a bag of chips. And yes, Ryan is seriously to hot to handle!

  36. kiko says:

    oh come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!john hamm number 2?really “people”?

  37. Eve says:

    Disappointing indeed.

  38. embertine says:

    Julia, I was looking through the list of canadian hot guys, and it is noticeable that most of them have eyes that are very close together (either that or their faces are proportionally lnog and narrow).


  39. Eileen says:

    Wa, wa, wahhhhhhh. Not a fan. : /

  40. devilgirl says:

    @Tapioca- Umm, not sure what you meant, but Hamm is a real, live person as well. I really don’t watch Mad Men, so I like Hamm, based on his looks, which are a real, live person’s looks, and I like his interviews and I find him funny.

    Ryan Reynolds is the most bland choice since McDreamy.

  41. Amoosed says:

    Hang on – look at the trailer for the Green Lantern – I was startled at the amazing bod in him! I am now totally up for taking my son to that movie when it comes out *smirk*

  42. SallyJay says:


  43. Riley says:

    I was really hoping Colin Firth would’ve received it. He has had such a spectacular year and he is just so beautiful and rugged at the same time. I also think Gerry Butler could’ve received the title. I love the longer locks but really he hasn’t done a whole lot this year except travel the globe in search of drink and women. Still, he is such a guy’s dude. You have to love him.

  44. shayrlmj says:

    He’s cute and seems like he would be a blast to hang out with.. but he doesn’t really do it for me in the “sexy” category. I bet he’s a great husband, that makes him sexy I guess.. I did love him in “The proposal” with Sandra Bullock.. He just seems like a good friend, doesn’t give the “I’m gonna tear your clothes off” vibe

  45. jmb says:

    That guy is NOT even remotely cute.

  46. Hautie says:

    I find it very telling that People used 15 year old pictures of Pitt. Dang, how brutal of them. Just putting it out there that he is not hot enough now to use his current pictures.

    And no I am not remotely impressed with Ryan Reynolds. Then again I am older than their age goal of younger than 27.

  47. Roxanne75 says:

    Whats with husband and wife both being the sexiest alive covers on two different magazines?

  48. Bonfire Beach says:

    Yeah, totally disappointing. For me, his attitutde rubs me the wrong way and negates any attractiveness he has.

  49. Stephie says:

    Ryan Reynolds? Ughh, yuck. Who made THAT decision?

  50. observer says:

    I’m not really surprised as The Green Lantern is a Warner Brothers project, and both Warner Brothers and People magazine are owned by Time Warner. The SMA title is a marketing tool used by Time Warner to promote whoever happens to be in one of their upcoming projects. Occasionally they will pick a wildcard not under Time Warner in some way, but that’s extremely rare.

  51. acidburn says:

    Nooooooooooooooo…I hate Ryan for what he did to Alanis! (ok, that should not matter, but i do). And besides, he looks just like a Ken doll to me.

    Second, I was sure it was supposed to be THE HAMM showing his powerful, marvelous, wonderful and God-gifted crotch!

  52. Carla says:

    “Sure, he’s pretty, but do you ever find yourself fantasizing about Dempsey or Ryan Reynolds going to town on you in the middle of a work day?”

    …uh, YEAH. Preferably both. At the same time.

  53. Cletus says:

    I’ll take Ryan Reynolds. have him shipped right over. K Thanks.

  54. Jezi says:

    @acidburn what did he do to Alanis? I know they split up and were engaged, but I thought it was a mutual split.

  55. dj says:

    I love Ryan Reynolds. Ryan is hot. Ryan is funny. Ryan is not the sexiest man of the year though. But he does have a huge action movie (the Green Lantern) coming out any moment now. Coincidence? I think not. I have to admit Robert Downey, Jr. would have been an inspired choice but I would have settled for the Hamm (which I thought had it locked up). Disappointing.

  56. original kate says:

    not even close.

  57. chris says:

    Jon Hamm is a TV star. Never in a million years would they have chosen him unless he had mass appeal like JFK Jr. and he doesn’t so I don’t know why people were guessing him. Reynolds is an okay choice. I thought they would have gone with someone more established because Reynolds hasn’t yet proven himself as a leading man. However, he has Green Lantern coming up so I’m sure the studio pushed for this.

  58. Cheyenne says:

    Say what?! This guy has about as much sex appeal as a turnip.

  59. Genie says:

    My pick would be Jason Statham, but he’ll never get it. Too bad!

  60. Kim says:

    Hautie People had a poll for the week with all Sexiest Men covers more People voted for the BP 2000 cover I guess . BTW The mag I saw on GMA had Conan on cover with Ryan.My vote would be for Boris Kodjoe.

  61. Jezi says:

    @Kim oh swoon, love Boris Kodjoe. He’s so yummy. But I think his show just got canned.

  62. mymy says:

    He reminds me of boys in High School that looked like babies. He seems like a douche. Not the least bit sexy. Now Eric Bana should be on that cover.

  63. devilgirl says:

    I don’t get where people say Hamm does not have mass appeal. The man is on one of the hottest shows on television. He is also one of the favorite guest stars on 30 Rock. He has done SNL several times, and they have been the most viewed shows of their seasons. He was in Howl and The Town. Two highly acclaimed movies, and he was also reviewed very highly in them. He was also a voice in Shrek. He endorses Mercedes and has been in Gap ads, and he has been in every magazine lately with very likeable interviews. He most certainly does have mass appeal, not to mention he is a thousand times more interesting and a better actor than Reynolds.

  64. garvels says:

    I would like to know who are the people at “People” making these life altering decisions:)?? A plastic ken doll has more sexual appeal than this guy. Maybe the Kardashian gals were involved with this choice since Kimmy will be hosting “Peoples”TV special and Kim’s face does model and radiate the wonders of plastic. I think “People” needs to have Kaiser select next years sexiest man!

  65. PsychicEyes says:

    Seriously, these guys are smoking the bad shit to think he’s the sexiest man alive. Either that or I am out of touch on what a sexy man looks like and it certainly would not be him. No thanks, I will pass on this beef jerky.

  66. lucy2 says:

    I thought for sure Hamm had it in the bag, for all the reasons devilgirl just posted.
    Ryan is just so…blah. He’s not a horrible actor and he’s not bad looking, he’s just so bland and generic. His wife on the other hand, was just on SNL this past weekend and looked gorgeous.

    Holy cow, that is an old photo of Pitt. That looks like back in the Ocean’s 11 days.

  67. Jeri says:

    Just confirms People lost all credibility long ago. Just a puffzine for whoevers accepting their asskissing at the moment.

  68. carrie says:

    People’s choices for SMA alxways are so vanilla!

  69. normades says:

    I think Jon Hamm is a great actor and all around nice funny guy. But sorry, he is not sexy unless he is Draper. Draper is the one that oozes sex appeal, not Hamm.

  70. notsoanonymous says:

    co-sign Carla 🙂

    I love this pick, love this guy! He tops my ‘laminated list’ and since his wife tops my hubby’s list, well…

  71. Chris J says:

    On a scale of 1-10, Ryan Reynolds is a 7 at the most. It’s official. People Magazine sucks.

  72. Camille says:

    Sorry but I love RR. He’s funny, intelligent and talented (and hot! Although those covers are damn terrible), all things that can get your panties off faster then some average looking dude smoking while wearing a suit. 😉

    I don’t see the appeal of that Hamm guy at all (Sorry!). He is completely average looking and looks just like any random guy on the street. He’s not all that great of an actor either from what I have seen so far. Hamm just seems so completely vanilla and boring to me. I think it is his character on that TV show that gets people all hyped up over him. RR however made the transition from TV star to Movie Star a long time ago now. RR’s role on TV is long forgotten where as Hamm is best known only for his role on that TV show at this stage.

    Sure RR’s not my 1st choice for SMA, but I’d take him over: George Clooney, That Hamm guy, Matt Damon or Gerard Butler. It was a different choice than I would have expected but I don’t hate their choice either. 😀

  73. Shay says:

    He has no sex appeal to be the sexiest man. Then again, didn’t they once put prime geriatric Sean Connery as sexiest man?
    This list is BS.

  74. Elle says:


    He is not sexy at all and People Magazine is a joke.

  75. Ally says:

    Clearly, this cover is not for “sexiest actor alive”, it’s for “most aggressive agent/publicist”.

    Anyone but the Hamm is a fraud.

  76. acidburn says:

    @devilgirl, you´re absolutely right!

    @jezi, when alanis went to Howard Stern she pretty much tried to make clear that Reynolds was not playing the bf role very well…something like he was already interested in scarlet when he was still with alanis. But again, besides this fact, and also the fact that i am fan of alanis, i think his image is too much like a plastic ken doll, you know.

    The Hamm, once again, like @devilgirl well described, looks more like a real guy.

  77. Marianne says:

    I don’t think it was a disappointing cover lol.

    I read somewhere (maybe it was LaineyGossip?) that People never chooses a “TV star” for their cover. So sorry Kaiser, guess you have to wait until the Hamm is known for his movie choices.

  78. Bee says:

    The Hamm was robbed!

  79. Kim says:

    WHAT????? There isnt 1 female I know who thinks he is sexy???? How much did he have to pay, like Julia did, for this honor!

  80. LolaBella says:

    It should have been Jon Hamm.

    I was planning to buy People for the first time in years just so I could have that sexy man (and his wayward package) on the cover with the SMA caption.

    Warner Bros. is really pulling out all the stops to get us to buy into Ryan Reynolds – sexy super hero. Sigh.

  81. Confuzzle says:

    This is just promotional material for Green Lantern.

  82. Patti says:

    Kaiser, you’re awesome. So is CB. So damn glad I found this site.

  83. Amy says:

    Ryan is handsome,but who included lanky conan ha ha..

  84. Rory says:

    My vote would have gone to Maks from Dancing With The Stars. He is hottttt and verrrrry sexy.

  85. Musicfan says:

    I would chose Idris Elba or Boris Kodjoe. Johnny Depp isn’t hot anymore, and Pitt is aging BADLY!

  86. Michael says:

    chris evans would have been a much better pick, since he’s comin’ up on that captain america film. makes perfect sense. ryan reynolds?! wtf has he done lately? jon hamm really? he’s handsome, but not sexy to the masses. sexy to the masses is manicured sculpted bodies. that’s why EVERY GUY DOES IT.


  87. Carol Lombard says:

    Here’s the trick: Look at RR’s pic then quickly shift over to the right and look at Prince William. Do this about 3 times, and voila! Ryan is extremely handsome! Even sexy!

  88. CB Rawks says:

    No. Bad decision.

  89. Newbie says:

    yeah, that’s pretty disappointing. ROFL at the ancient picture of Pitt! I guess a current picture would be too damn embarrassing.

  90. Patty says:

    Yuck! I don’t find Ryan Reynolds appealing at all! If I was in a bar or something & he tried to hit on me, I would be totally uninterested. I’ll tell you who it should be is David Garrett, German-American violin virtuoso. He plays classical & rock-classical crossover (not cheesy). He is UBER HOT! Look him up on youtube. 😀

  91. Bobby says:

    He is somewhat sexy but not overly so.

    Sexiness is quite abstract.

    I’m soaking it all in. In fact, I wrote a blog about how to be sexy including writing a song called ‘Sexy’. Is it?