He's a handsome man with a well-developed, muscular body.
Unless the OP is Joe Manganiello, I see little reason to criticize.
Now R5, I'm not saying he's fat or ugly, but that's not a well-developed muscular body. It's probably better than 3/4 of the bodies on DL, but there is nothing spectacular about it. You can see that body anywhere. I think his body is probably perfect for the time period of the play.
The other thing is that Ben is like 6'7". And it's hard to show lots of muscle on that tall a frame.
Having said that, I thought the production was a mess
Haven't seen the production but it is a period piece and if he was ripped like a millenial gym queen it would have been inconsistent with the period.
I remember him from The War Boys.
That was a pretty good scene.
That is a great body, in our country 'normal' is fat. He is not fat.
I agree that he looks fine for any period.
But his performance is disappointing and the production itself is as gindingly mediocre as the recent revival of THE HEIRESS, though Johanssen does far better in her leading role than the underpowered Jessican Chastain did in hers.
Sometimes I lay awake at night with a deep gnawing feeling that Mammie has married a homo just like Maggie the Cat did.
He's not gorgeous enough to play Brick, he has no magnetism. But all of those Williams roles for men are so hard to cast nowadays; Williams must have been inspired by men like Brando, Newman, Ben Gazzara, etc. And Brick is nothing but magnetism in an otherwise not so great role, in the sense that he requires something you can't really act. He has to be an object of desire because everyone in the play is drawn to him and he's just aloof. Tommy Lee Jones was a good Brick opposite Jessica Lange.
But these roles - as Blair Underwood proved last season, you can't just hit the gym. You have to have something more. (And, let's be honest, in an all-black production of Streetcar, Stanley should've been much darker skinned than Underwood.)
[quote](And, let's be honest, in an all-black production of Streetcar, Stanley should've been much darker skinned than Underwood.)
Perhaps we should now relegate casting to Pantone.
No R14 but if you're doing an all-black production the class issue between The DuBois' and The Kowalski's would dictate that Stanley should be dark-skinned, as Stella is meant to be lowering herself by having married him. It gets a bit silly when these all-black Williams productions take place in fantasyland.
He had a big schlong in Les Liasons Dangereuse on stage
He had pasty-white feets. Brick should always have tanned, masculine feets. The kind that Skipper would have loved to worship.
Newman was incredible in the role. I could fully understand Maggie's sexual frustration.