Jonathan Rhys Meyers: still crazy/drunk, or just hot?


Believe it or not, I’m not one of those girls constantly attracted to bad boys. True, I like them a little scruffy, a little haughty, with some edge. But I don’t swoon at the first sight of a motorcycle, or a whiff of a leather jacket. But there’s something about Jonathan Rhys Meyers, isn’t there? He’s a bad boy, but he’s also got that vulnerable puppy thing going on. After all of his crazy drunken shenanigans, you’d think that most people would write him off. But it’s been nearly a year since his third rehab stay, after which he stayed relatively sober enough to film this movie he’s now promoting, From Paris With Love, and after which Meyers promptly got into a drunken brawl at an airport last June. So… still crazy/drunk, probably. And yet… it agrees with him.

Sidenote: He loves Dunkin Donuts! And he visit’s the Dunkin himself! I wonder what kind of magical donut he goes for. Something with sprinkles, I bet. By the way, that girl with him is his girlfriend, Reena Hammer. You know she probably puts up with a lot of stuff. But she gets to see his vulnerable puppy side too. Sigh…

Anyway, this film, From Paris With Love. It looks like a turd, doesn’t it? And not even because of Meyers! He looks okay in the trailer. It’s just John Travolta’s Village People-look that scares me. I’ve been looking for a good interview with Meyers, but I can’t find much. The film seems to be about Meyers protecting a suitcase full of cocaine, and Travolta’s character is protecting Meyers, I think. Meyers talked about the cocaine in glowing terms: “I accidentally dropped it, running on those steel stairs! I dropped the vase, and I went, “Oh f-ck, the coke!” I had to go all the way back up and do that scene again. The vase became a teddy bear, a blanket, to me, and I felt sad when I had to drop it for the other scene, because it had been my buddy, protecting me from the whole world, this vase of marching powder.” Um… yeah. He’s still messed up. Bless his heart.

Here’s the trailer for From Paris With Love:

Jonathan and his girlfriend in New York on February 2, 2010. Credit: Hector Vallenilla,


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  1. Vicki says:

    I vote for crazy hot.

  2. Vedder says:

    damn !!! hott

  3. Gwen says:

    I’m not usually into him but he looks very hot in these photos :D A lot less crazy bugg-eyed than usual.

  4. Essie says:

    His eyes always make him look like he just came off a major bender!! I’ve never been a fan because of those crazy eyes and he’ll never be a major star because he can’t stay away from the booze/drugs!! Despite all that, I do think he’s a good actor. Too bad he has fallen so far that he’s starring in a stinker with Travolta! Poor thing!!

  5. fee says:

    I adore him.

  6. kermit says:

    Curious. Never heard of him. Wiki’d him. He’s a 32 year old actor singer from Ireland. So he has been to rehab 3 times for substance abuse. He seems rather violent and nasty. With this “resume” should he not be judged a screw-up like Lindsay Lohan is? On the plus side he’s done some work with charities. I see a typical nice-looking but dangerous man here that I wouldn’t want anyone I love to date.

  7. Linda says:

    He’s a little over the top for me.

  8. snowball says:

    I hate to admit it, but ever since I watched him in Bend it Like Beckham, I can’t stand to look at him. I’m really into Tudor stuff, so I started playing one of his eps and had to just end it.

    I know he’s probably bigger, but when I look at him, I see a 5’9″ 150 lb. weenie. How he got picked to play Henry VIII is really beyond me.

    Does he (or did he) have a snaggletooth issue?

  9. Si says:

    Does anyone know what make are his girlfriend’s boots??She’s in the backround of the last photo.I want them sooo bad?!

  10. Carey says:

    He makes my toes curl. He is sooo damn hot in the series, “The Tudors”.

  11. Brooke says:

    somehow I’ve managed to never see him in anything… but he’s hot for sure.

  12. Bodhi says:

    Pardon me while I mop up the slobber on my keyboard…

    My GOD that is fine man. I watched “Michael Collin” again this weekend; he must have been a child when he made that!

    Kermit~~ How have you never heard of him? Hes been around forever. JRM has a prolific body of work & is widely respected. He doesn’t publicly flaunt his misbehavior in front of pap nor, to my knowledge, has he ever car jacked & kidnapped anyone.

    LL… had a couple of hit kid’s movies…

  13. connie says:

    he’s hot, but WTF is she wearing??

  14. meme says:

    that girl is wearing the most hideous boots ever.

  15. Tia C says:

    I find him sexy as hell – sometimes. It depends what he’s playing. He was hot in “Match Point,” even though he played an evil character. I agree with snowball about the miscasting as Henry VIII in “The Tudors.” I haven’t yet watched that show because I am totally not feeling that casting choice. But all in all I find him intriguing and very talented.

    (The GF’s boots and coat are both pretty fugly!)

  16. Obvious says:

    Hello my love. You’ve finally come out of hibernation. I love this man. Would eat him with a spork (that’s because sporks are way cooler than spoons)

  17. kermit says:

    @Bodhi Paps find who they want to find. My guess is he doesn’t bring in the interest and money of other entertainers. This man violently attacked people in an airport and threatened to kill someone June 2009. That’s recently and after his rehab. I don’t care what he looks like that immediately should make him unappealing. My message to any woman, stay the hell away. Far away.

  18. Bodhi says:

    :roll: Gee, & LL really rakes it in…

  19. lrm says:

    Yea,he’s good…check him out in Matchpoint,as someone mentioned. [woody allen-he plays opposite scarlett johanson-who was actually decent in it,too],and he is evil in a great way. it’s a great,sensual/sexual thriller movie. set in england. definitely worth a rent.

    also,August Rush-where he starred with kerrie russell,robin williams and that little kid Freddie what’s his name? who played opposite johnny depp in the peter pan movie?
    Anyway,he’s good in that film,too. And it’s a great family movie if you have children over age 7. My son loved the movie. If he could stay sober,he could do great things on screen,IMO.
    The bug eyes are classic PTSD thing,too.Could be that and/or the drugs. Tough to say. Anyway,definitely hot!

  20. stinabelle says:

    @Kermit He’s done a lot more than just got to rehab a few times. He was in Match Point, and plays Henry on The Tudors, which, while historically inaccurate, is a great show. Oh, and August Rush, too. So while he has his personal issues, he’s really a good actor.

    I vote for crazy hot while being drunk/crazy.

  21. Mairead says:

    How does one non-violently attack someone? ;)

    In mitigating cirumstances, his behaviour at the airport came as his mother passed away. It was appalling behaviour, but it was not typical.

    Bodhi – I think he’d have been around 17, as we’re around the same age and I remember when it was being filmed. And briefly digressing – Alan Rickman has said that the film he shot and the one that was edited were quite different regarding DeValera and that he probably wouldn’t have taken the job if he knew how it would turn out! You really should try and get hold of “The Treaty” with Brendan Gleeson as Michael Collins ;)

  22. Madelyn Rose says:

    He is brilliant in The Tudors. I watched an interview with the director or producer of the show, and he said of his casting choice that no one wanted to watch an ungly fat man on TV having hot sex, so he chose to be historically inaccurate (in the physical sense) and pick JRM to play him.

    Aside from the physical inaccuracies, I think you’ll find if you watch the show, JRM is well cast. He really makes it worth watching and captures the essence of a king who prefers to be feared, but wants to be loved (at least by a ton of women!). I think that JRM captures the essence of Henry and the internal conflicts of the man himself. His intensity, passion, moments of compassion, angst, and mercilessness really make a “monster” come to life. You really feel for Henry VII in many moments. It’s like watching James Gandolfini in his portrayal of Tony Soprano – you have a character that is absolutely horrible, mean, just a monster, but the actor is so good that he gives that character a softer side, or at least makes it so the audience can feel sympathy for him. JRM does that for Henry VII to me, because he shows the inner conflict of being manipulated by everyone around him, wanting to be an effective ruler (which in his mind is Machiavellian), and most of all, wanting to pass the throne down to a son. No one really loves the king, they are all just trying to get what they want — money, power, etc.

  23. Tia C says:

    Thanks for the info Madelyn Rose – you’re making me want to check it out, now. I am curious to see the show, I just had a hard time wrapping my head around such a hot young man playing Henry VIII! I should view before I judge!

  24. snapdragon says:

    he is crazy, drunk AND hawt.

  25. Bodhi says:

    Right on, Mairead. I somehow manage to forget teat Rickman is in it so it always comes as a surprise when I see him (I’m a blonde, so sue me!)

    So did he not know how the story ended?! Cause thats just silly!

  26. Boo says:

    Response to Tudors fans: Henry VIII was actually supposed to be incredibly hot and athletic in his younger years. It wasn’t until he hit his late 30s that he started getting all fat….so not terribly inaccurate.

  27. Seer says:

    His face is hot and I love his beautiful blue eyes, but he’s too skinny to be sexy and manly.

    There are so many actors with great-looking faces, but their bodies are so skinny that they look under-developed and almost child-like. Where are the MASCULINE men? How would they feel if they were constantly exposed to women who looked like Michelle Paglia or Jodie Foster, instead of Fergie and Penelope Cruz that are clearly feminine? A fit and healthy man is a lot more attractive than a scrawny, skinny, boy-man.

  28. Annie says:

    Having been a fan since he was too pretty, fey, vulnerable, young, I have to say, yes, probably still crazy/drunk.

    But definitely hotter now. I’m kind of impressed he’s still with the same girl, though. I always thought they were the type to be passion in both love and war with each other.

  29. Meghan says:

    Oh how I love him in The Tudors!!! My favorite part ever was when he was screaming “But I’m the King of England!” Maybe I need to have a 3 season marathon this weekend!

  30. gg says:

    I find him arrogant and belligerent. That equals not hot in my book.

    See his interview on Gormenghast DVD. Bleah. I liked him in the film and thought he carried the whole thing, and then I saw the interview in the special features and saw the snotty demeanor, and subsequently saw several times in the paper he has a fist for the ladies. Sorry but that is a hotness deal-breaker for me. If all these fighting episodes have happened with the same woman all this time – hoo boy, that sounds like another sick codependent relationship.

    Still, having said that, he would have been better for me in the Tudors if they’d just dyed his damn hair red like it was supposed to be. Now it just seems like a period soap opera and I have snoozed through it so many times, I put it away without watching the whole thing. I feel for him and his demons. He doesn’t seem like a happy person at all.

    Now, Rickman? ALAN RICKMAN IS HOT!

  31. LindyLou says:

    I’ve loved him since Bend it Like Beckham! Those lips! I bet they are heaven to kiss…..

  32. lolo says:

    soooo sexy.

  33. Mairead says:

    I’ve heard tidbits about him over the years, but never that he was handy with his fists when it came to his girlfriends, so that’s interesting gg.

    I will say though that he was known to be a pup around the time of Gormanghast. But he seemed to become far more professional around the time he did the Elvis biopic and has gotten way more work since as a result.

  34. You Go Girl says:

    Watch the TUDORS series with him playing King Henry people, yummo!
    He is so handsome….very young Elvis x

  35. Andrea says:

    I love JRM! He’s sooo hot.

    Also, where is the post about Christian Bale’s birthday?

  36. Emily says:

    I love him in the Tudors. Although they should have at least gingered him up for it. Oh well. He does the psycho tyrant things quite well for a skinny little Irish boy.

  37. Wresa says:

    Both! Therefore…TWICE AS HOT!! I’m bad and I like ‘em bad, too!

  38. Amy says:

    Sometimes he is ridiculously hot like in those pictures. Sometimes he looks completely crazy and I’m not so sure. He is better clean shaven, he should stay that way.

  39. escapee says:

    I think his girlfriend is wearing my old bath mat.

  40. paige says:

    definitely, definitely hot…mesmerizing in the Tudors….for which his acting ability has been recognized by the Emmy awards for television productions. he does appear on the small side here, but they managed to beef him up a little for the Tudors…his body looked plenty scrumptious to me!

  41. jayem says:

    One more vote for hooooooooooot!

  42. fakhrul says:

    for a good movie like thir, i guess i gonna have to see it in a cinema ^^

    vote for sexy