Boy, that's a mouthful - well, not literally! His name, his name! ha ha
I first saw Belgian Actor - Matthias Schoenaerts in the romantic bodice ripping period film, "Far From the Madding Crowd", as Gabriel Oak - with his highly restrained portrayal of a vitally indispensable sheep herder; while holding silent his deep adoration of his wealthy employer.
Actually, there wasn't any bodice ripping that I recall; maybe it was just me after watching him!
Okay, his smitten-kitten was British Actress, Carey Mulligan & she was good too. Too good! In fact, they brought the best out of each other; while keeping us romantics busy in alternating sighs & sexual tension.
Unashamedly, I saw this on HBO multiple times & I'll keep watching; until the freakin' actress becomes me! ha ha
But, that's what these love stories are meant to do; like "Batman" action flicks do for guys - transference. Well, until we start writing articles about them & then we know; we need therapy!
Oh sure, back in the day; I've had Paul Newman & Omar Sharif - and I guess Tom Berenger; but he doesn't write, he doesn't call!
Like all lovesick puppies before me; I've checked out all of Matthais' other films & his private life; to see if I fit in. Don't laugh, this will pass like all the other times; but I'm not finished with him quite yet.
I found out Matthais' mother was a Costume Designer & his father Julian was a well known Belgium Actor & in 1992, saw his son debut at 15 in his first foreign film "Daens". Curiously, not really planning to be an actor; his star has shown in movies like "Loft", "Bullhead", "The Drop", "A Little Chaos", "The Danish Girl" & "Rust & Bone" which I just saw & recommend.
He plays an unlovable brutish boxer with a neglected young son who crosses paths with Marion Cotillard; who a few years back; won an Academy Award for Best Actress as soulful French Singer, Edith Piaf.
In this film, she's a Killer Whale Trainer & after losing her legs; his roughness softens & his mastery of understated acting presents a tender portrayal of a new kind of love; while still keeping his edge.
And, being a foreign film; there's just enough sexual eroticism to make a grown woman cry - for more.
But, I'm warning you; he looks nothing like the sheepish sheep herder or any of his other parts & said he bulked up for this role by eating a lot of Fast Food - duh, I can do that without being in a movie!
But, underneath all that muscle & fries - I recognized his awesome talent...& others have too. In his neck of the woods; he's been called "The Belgian Brando".
His latest film playing somewhere near you this week is "A Bigger Splash"; an erotic thriller which looks good; if only there wasn't that "50 Shades of Grey" star with a new hairdo; fooling around with him!
I hear his next film will be "Lewis & Clark"; straight from the pages of our history books & hopefully in it, there's a shrill & shrewish Mrs. Clark; so I can at least have Schadenfreude...and, in Flemish; that means...
"I can't breathe - help me out of this Frigin' Bodice"!