About 5 minutes into watching Match Point this weekend, as Matthew Goode entered the screen in his Fred Perry tennis get-up, I knew without a doubt that no matter the outcome of this movie, I had definiately got my $6 matinee money's worth. Incidentally, it's an incredible movie. But, from top to bottom, this Matthew Goode is ex.cell.ent. And, it didn't hurt the movie that both he and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers are quite easy on the eyes. However, being that Goode was the new bloke on the block, I spend the greater half of the movie wondering why I haven't seen this tall glass of Guinness before, and why the heck he wasn't in every single scene of the movie. He being a British actor, there had to have been some period flick I caught on BBC or A&E or PBS that he appeared in. He's just too delicious to have been hidden all these years. I mean, come on. I've spent many a Saturday afternoon dedicated to period-piece watching on BBCAmerica.
After a quick search on imdb.com, I found that indeed I had missed his American debut in Chasing Liberty. Ugh. I'm going have to rent a Mandy Moore teen flick. Well, if I must I must, because I MUST see more of this one. Apparently, he was good in it.
(I've already started thinking about press headlines for him like "Too Goode to be true", "Matthew...oh he's Goode." "Another Goode actor from across the pond." Goode British export takes on America." Ok, I'll stop.)
According the the press, and by press, you know I mean E!Online, he has the wit of Rupert Everett (yes) and the charm of Hugh Grant (oh yes). Translation: the next perfect British actor.
*Born in Exeter, England. Perfect.
*Studied drama at Birmingham University. Of course he did.
*Played Ariel in a stage production of The Tempest. A true actors' actor.
*Appeared in BBCproductions called Inspector Lynley Mysteries and He Knew He Was Right. (Apparently, I've been slacking on my BBC watching.) Hello, Netflix?
*Has a girlfriend. Of course. I knew he was too perfect.
He's appearing next in a British Indie flick called Imagine Me & You. Honestly, it could be about a city maintenance worker in love with a chamber maid for all I know, I'm there! I need a reason to stare at this hunk of Brit. What is it about the British blokes that is so damned attractive? They smoke too much. They drink too much. They swear like sailors --Big sigh--- it's heaven.
So anyway, just wanted to let all you anglophiles in on the next big thing from across the pond. Cheers!