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"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart." Jane Austen
Michael Redgrave. Barges into a room, opens his melodious, English mouth and the girl's in love. Gets in a knife fight, wrestles the man down, makes jokes without breaking a sweat. Cary Elwes no doubt drew influence from Redgrave.
Monsieur Hulot might be too much a bumbling nuisance to charm everyone (especially serious tennis players), but innocence is so rarely purified on screen as it is with Jacques Tati that it's hard not to be so endeared.
Jean-Paul Belmondo. Talk about cool. The roles before him that he played off of hardly compare to the care-less air he's created. Belmondo gives us an inch and we want the whole mile.
Josh Hamilton. Honesty is the best policy. And it doesn't hurt to be vulnerable enough that it's not pitiable, but enough that makes his final speech a triumph of the heart and proof of his undeniable charm. And charm is not without wit, which Grover is chock full of.
Luke Wilson. If no charm is equal to tenderness of heart, then Luke Wilson's Anthony has very few rivals. The child-like drawing of Inez embodies Anthony's view of the world, and it's an innocent one. His reaction over the phone is enough to melt the most frozen of hearts.
Roberto Benigni. Nothing'll stop you in your tracks and drop you to the floor quite like the colossal sense of humor on Benigni. Despite questionable sexual confessions, you just want to take off in his cab and go.
No, not Hynkel. Charlie Chaplin's "Barber." In the face of a dictator, the barber is disillusioned enough to get in front of the podium, but not enough to forget the face of the stunning Paulette Goddard. Words that have stretched over generations and a heart that has effected just as many.
Robert Donat. Handcuffed to a reluctant Madeline Carroll and others might fare far worse. But Donat gives enough space within such intimacy that he adeptly takes the reigns in his own delicate hands. Madeline Carroll could fare far worse as well.