It’s March 1st, and you know what that means…
Around here, we don’t do basketball. We do fictional boyfriends, and this year is shaping up to be an interesting bracket. We have some intriguing and unexpected choices, a wide variety of characters, and aside from a few highly seeded characters, I’m really not sure how voting will go.
Before you start complaining about the selections and/or seeding or claim that this is just my personal bracket, keep these things in mind: there is not one character played by Jeremy Renner or Jake Gyllenhaal, there is only one (former) hockey player, and I resigned myself to admitting that Doug MacRay is not Ben Affleck’s most datable character. (Though I did push successfully for Sirius Black and Pat Solitano.)
Some ESPN Bracketology-style analysis of this year’s tournament:
- The most represented movie is, unsurprisingly, Love Actually, with four of its men making the cut.
- Eleven actors have the maximum two characters represented, and the list should come as no surprise if you are a heterosexual woman who has been alive for the past few decades: Gosling, DiCaprio, Cruise, Marsden, Law, Cusack, Firth, Bale, Ruffalo, Affleck, and McConaughey.
- Congratulations to Michael Vartan, Adam Scott, and Jason Segal,
who are the only three actors to have spots in both the TV and Movie Boyfriend Brackets.Update: I forgot John Corbett! So congrats to him, one of four actors to earn a spot in both tournaments.and George Clooney. This is what happens when I try to multitask.
- The strongest bracket? For me, it’s a toss up between the Get Shit Done guys and the Romantics (where Ryan Reynolds is a 16 seed!). Because most of the readers of this blog are women in their 20s/30s, I’m already anticipating a Noah vs. Jack Dawson match-up, which will likely rival Pens/Flyers in its intensity.
- We have two brackets which feature match-ups from the same movie in the first round, and one actor will go up against himself in the first round as well.
- Some intriguing first round match-ups: the battle of the secret agents in Bond (Daniel Craig version) vs. Bourne, the battle of the old dudes in Indiana Jones vs. John McClane, the battle of the classic romantic comedies in Sam Baldwin vs. Harry Burns, and the battle of the musicians in Guy Patterson vs. Robbie Hart.
- Yes, we did include Bernard from Old School. Because when you think about it, he’s pretty awesome and was a really good husband and father. But more on that later.
Much thanks to my advisory board (aka my friend Emily) and everyone who submitted nominations. Voting will begin on Monday, March 11, so mark your calendars and start preparing your campaigns!