Is it because he’s handsome? Nope.
(He is handsome, by the way, in that classic way that’s going to age very, very well. He was hunky as heck when he starred in the sci-fi series Firefly a decade ago, and he’s still gorgeous enough to make a believable romantic interest for the stunning Stana Katic. But I don’t love him for his looks.)
Is it because he’s talented? Nope.
(Though, again, he’s plenty talented … Castle‘s success and Firefly‘s cult status are testament to that.)
Is it because he’s polite? Nope.
(Though he recently made a bit of a stir at Comic Con 2012 for having pre-printed autographed cards apologizing for his busy schedule that he could hand out to disappointed fans when he couldn’t stop for a chat or a photo. So thoughtful! OKAY, he still hasn’t provided The Bloggess with a picture of himself holding twine … I’m sure it’s only because he’s so busy bottle-feeding baby dolphins or crocheting bandages for orphaned otters or something equally fantastic, important, and time-consuming, and not at all an indication that he is impolite.)
For all his many fine qualities, the one that wins my heart is his lack of pretension. This, my friends, is a man who will play Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and treat us to an off-key ditty about un-heroic heroes:
So I thank my girlfriend, Penny (yeah, we totally had sex)
She showed me there’s so many different muscles I can flex
There’s the deltoids of compassion, there’s the abs of being kind
It’s not enough to bash in heads, you’ve got to bash in minds.
Come on people, that’s good stuff. And Fillion sings it while wearing a Simon-Cowell-tight t-shirt and ridiculous black rubber gloves (gauntlets?? I think they may be gauntlets). Oh, and did I mention the off-key thing? Yikes.
So, bottom line, I like a man who’s comfortable enough in his own skin to play the fool on occasion. It’s why I have a soft spot in my heart for Will Ferrell, Bill Murray, and Matt LeBlanc (check out Episodes … seriously). And it’s why I have a mega-celebrity crush on Nathan Fillion.
How about you? Who’s your celebrity crush? And does a guy who can poke fun at himself make your heart go pitter pat?