Alex O’Loughlin – List his 10 favourite Romantic Comedies – June 2010

Madison Magazine Australia

June 2010

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We asked smouldering 33-year-old Canberra native Alex O’Loughlin – who’s sparring with Jennifer Lopez in current film release The Back-Up Plan – to tell us about his five favourite romantic comedies of all time. Instead he gave us a list of 10. Who knew he was such a softie?

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1. Punch-Drunk Love (2002): PT Anderson is one of my favourite filmmakers, and Adam Sandler’s performance should have earned him an Oscar nomination. It’s an astute observation of the fragility of people in love.

2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961): The perfect romantic comedy and Audrey Hepburn is one of the most beautiful women that has ever lived.

3. The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005): The waxing scene is hilarious, and apparently it actually happened … which makes it even funnier.

4 Wall-E (2008): I’m still confused as to how an animated robot made me feel so much love and compassion.

5. The Princess Bride (1987): This is a classic film for my generation. Who doesn’t love it?

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6. Big (1988): Tom Hanks made me wonder what it would be like to make out with one of my teachers.

7. As Good As It Gets (1997): Jack Nicholson is completely charming and believable. Greg Kinnear’s breakout performance blew me away.

8. LA Story (1991): So rarely do I see LA as a romantic setting where people fall in love and live happily ever after. This movie changed it.

9. Notting Hill (1999): I love this film because of Rhys Ifans’ performance.

10: Frankie & Johnny (1991): As played by Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. Enough said.

Pictures from the Carlotta Moye photoshoot were used for this article and for the next issue of Madison as well. Above is some of those pictures that Paula doodled over the years.

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My thoughts

  • I have definitely seen The Back-up Plan more times than any other romantic comedy. 😀
  • Must confess that there are a few of the movies that he named, that I have not seen yet.
  • At least 3 of them, I can also name as some of my all time favourites – not only as rom-coms, but as movies.
  • Interesting that Alex at that stage chose a movie (Big) that featured 2 actors in it, that would later be guest stars opposite him in Hawaii Five-0. One is, Robert Loggia, in Episode 1:07  and the other, Jon Lovitz,  in last Friday’s episode.
  • And of course Mandy Patinkin, who featured in The Princess Bride, also starred opposite Alex in my favourite Three Rivers, episodes (7).

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8 responses to “Alex O’Loughlin – List his 10 favourite Romantic Comedies – June 2010

  1. I loved this post !! Because so we can know more !!! I’ve seen all the movies least two, but I’ll see !!! .. 😄

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  2. It’s the first time i’m reading this. Who knew that Alex watched so many romantic comedies. TY Foyeur.

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  3. gracenotpark

    Yeah I watched Punch Drunk Love a few years ago because of this list. Weird freakin movie. Alex is clearly more intellectual than me.

    I love Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the Princess Bride tho, so at least we share SOME taste. 😆

    Notice he didn’t mention The Notebook… :mrgreen:

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    • Maybe the Notebook was not so much a comedy? Wasn’t it more drama and tears?.
      I have never seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s – also did not know that it was a comedy.
      Have not seen Punch Dunk – nothing in the synopsis made me think that I should.:smile:

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      • gracenotpark

        You should DEFINITELY see Breakfast at Tiffanys! There’s a rather prominent cat too, btw. And I could totally see Alex playing the male lead. The movie was made before he was born, but I mean like in a remake… 😉

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  4. Serai

    Apropos of nothing at all, but that photo up there with the aviators drives home again for me just how *plastic* his face is. Change the physical framing – hair, glasses, pose, any number of things – and he looks like another guy. He morphs easily. In one photo from that TV Guide shoot, he looks like a typical East L.A. “vato”. Hell, there’s a picture of him where I could swear he was this Iranian guy I went to high school with back in the 70’s. It’s interesting and kind of creepy. (Though I’ve often thought that one of the most frustrating things for an actor must be the inability to be ugly, which is a problem Alex must surely suffer from.)

    I just wish more photographers would solicit his funny, sweet side. All that runway grumpiness gets a little old after a while. What’s wrong with some pics of a guy laughing, especially when he’s got such a charming mouth?

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  5. I agree with all on his list except one, and I’d replace it with The Back Up Plan!

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