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    These 10 stars once floated our boats. Now they give us a sinking feeling ... It's that testosterone-y time again -- the time when People magazine gets all hot and bothered as it anoints the new Sexiest Man Alive. But sexiness, like fame, can be fleeting. While certain actors... more always maintain their allure (think Paul Newman, Cary Grant, Sidney Poitier) or grow more lust-worthy with age (George Clooney and Patrick Dempsey weren't exactly eye candy in their youth), some don't. At all. The 10 celebrities who follow have squandered their media-endorsed hotness through word, deed and/or general indifference toward their appearance. A few are simply no longer as aesthetically pleasing as they once were (and don't get us wrong, we're not looking to punish anyone just for growing older or puffier, although actresses rarely receive that same courtesy), while others are so far gone from their handsome heyday that they trigger a cringe reflex. So, strap on your scuba gear, grab your laminated copy of this year's Sexiest Man Alive issue with Hugh Jackman, and dive into our list of sunken dreamboats ...



    Nick Nolte, 67: Yeah, we were just as dumbfounded as you to realize that People declared Nick Nolte the Sexiest Man Alive in 1992, a year in which competition was apparently slimmer than Victoria Beckham in airtight Spanx. The actor, then 51 and coming off the success of "The Prince of Tides... more," was called "sexy ... very sexy!'' by a dewy Christina Applegate, while the magazine enthused that he was a "big-lug Adonis with the heart of gold -- sometimes known as the Bad Boy Reformed." Except his bad boy days weren't quite over. A decade after his Sexiest honor, Nolte was busted for DUI, which resulted in an epically unflattering, Hawaiian-shirt-and-electrified-hair mug shot that set the standard by which all celebrity police snaps are measured. He pleaded no contest and has continued to work steadily. And despite the occasional airport crash session and a tendency to dress like his homeless character from "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," he's still someone's sexiest: Last year, at the age of 66, he welcomed a daughter with girlfriend Clytie Lane.


    Mickey Rourke, 52: There was a time when Mickey Rourke was so seductive that he could entice a blindfolded Kim Basinger to devour the entire contents of her fridge, and make it rain blood while having sexy times with Lisa Bonet. His acting chops even invited Brando comparisons,... more although his bad behavior eventually led him to put his big-screen career on hold. In the early '90s, he became a professional boxer, a decision that helped destroy his good looks, a disturbing disfigurement seemingly made worse by one too many trips under the knife, a charge he denies. "Somebody said to me the other day, 'You don't look like you used to,'" he recalled to Entertainment Weekly in October 2008. "But who does? I mean, when I was boxing I had six nose operations, I had cartilage taken from behind my ear, I had short-term memory loss, I've got an equilibrium problem, I don't have as many teeth in my head as I used to." When asked if his pugilistic pursuits were perhaps a "subconscious attempt" to erase the handsome face that made him famous, he acknowledges, "There may be some validity to that." It's only fitting that Rourke's comeback began in earnest with "Sin City," in which he was hidden behind prosthetics to play a scar-covered, flat-topped heavy named Marv. And though his visage is irrevocably altered, his talent remains: He's already generating award buzz for "The Wrestler," a role that left its mark. For one scene in the ring, Rourke purposely sliced his forehead with a razor, adding yet another scar to his once good-looking mug.


    Jude Law, 35: A few weeks before Jude Law was named Sexiest Man Alive in 2004, he poked fun at his comeliness on "Saturday Night Live," singing, "I took one look in the mirror / And I could clearly see / That there was one perfect thing in it / And that thing was me ... / I ... moredon't need to really act / I don't need a big heart / I don't need to be nice / I don't need to be smart." He then added, "I am -- that's just a bonus." Alas, he wasn't smart enough to stay away from his kids' nanny while engaged to Sienna Miller, a brief encounter that turned them both into tabloid targets and began his transformation from dashing to kinda undesirable. That reputation was further cemented following his breakup with Miller in 2006. Law started playing the field, with the tabs linking him to starlets such as Jessica Simpson, Lindsay Lohan and even Kimberly Stewart, with whom he was allegedly spied enjoying an al fresco grope-fest earlier this year. Not exactly the escapades of a guy whose devotion to his three kids added significantly to his Sexiest cred. Jude proved he can still bring the pretty in "The Holiday," but the unsightly porn-stache he's rocking for "Sherlock Holmes" means his erstwhile dreamboat status remains submerged, although we're holding out hope it may eventually resurface.


    Val Kilmer, 48: It's not that we expect Val Kilmer to sport the same glistening, muscular physique he showed off as Iceman during that shirtless, homoerotic-subtext-laden volleyball scene in 1986's "Top Gun." But we do expect that he not let himself go to the point where we're... more concerned for his health. In recent years, the onetime pretty boy has been subjected to such headlines as "Batman Turned Fatman" after paparazzi snapped him looking out of shape as he strolled on a Malibu, Calif., beach sans shirt, and lounged in a bulging wetsuit. But paunchiness doesn't necessarily negate cuteness (see Rogen, Seth). What made this dreamboat spring a leak is his reputation for being difficult and his ego, which appears to be as outsized as ever. "I've been prevented from being acknowledged for my talent because I don't have an Oscar," he pronounced to Blackbook magazine in December 2006. Still, Kilmer remains busy career-wise, although his workload has changed from his Jim Morrison-channeling salad days. Not only was he reportedly shopping around an album last year (sample lyrics from his song "Pigtails": "I've been growing sideways, I've been growing thin, I've been a zombie all day, I've been preventing sin"), but he's also providing the voice of KITT the car for the resurrected "Knight Rider," and is considering a run for governor in New Mexico.


    Tom Cruise, 46: When Tom Cruise was named Sexiest Man Alive in 1990, his "Rain Man" co-star Valeria Golino rhapsodized over his eyes, "not their color. His regard -- the way he looks with them. They're very alive.'' And, indeed, that glowing assessment was repeatedly backed up... more by the reputation he carefully cultivated as Tom Terrific both on the screen ("Top Gun," "Jerry Maguire," "Mission: Impossible") and off (devoted husband to Nicole Kidman, until he blindsided her with divorce papers; and his purported heroics, which included rescuing passengers from a burning sailboat by sending his yacht crew to retrieve them). But in May 2005, Cruise's eyes switched from being "very alive" to being very maniacal as he pounced on Oprah's innocent sofa in the name of new girlfriend Katie Holmes, who, like a multitude of others, had once harbored a crush on the star. "I'm in love!" he effused while pumping his fists and falling to his knees. "I can't be cool. I can't be laid-back. It's something that has happened, and I feel I want to celebrate it. I want to celebrate her. ... She's an extraordinary woman." The Big O later admitted of Cruise's unhinged behavior, "I was not buying," and she wasn't alone. TomKat's ookily PDA-filled and blatantly PR-driven courtship was met with heaps of skepticism and scorn, but it wasn't the only thing that irrevocably dinged Cruise's formerly Teflon image. The much-ridiculed romance with the progressively more dull-eyed Holmes dovetailed with his increased proselytizing about Scientology, which took the form of criticizing Brooke Shields for taking antidepressants to treat her postpartum depression (he suggested vitamins and exercise, which likely prompted many a mom to conclude that Dr. Cruise wasn't nearly as sexy as Matinee Idol Cruise). Then came his wild-eyed confrontation with Matt Lauer, who questioned his sentiments on the "pseudo-science" that is head-shrinking. "You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do," the actor jabbed. "Matt. Matt. Matt, you don't even -- you're glib." While the public implosion of a megastar isn't an easy thing to watch, it was impossible to look away from Cruise's self-made meltdown. Other lowlights included Katie's conspiracy-surrounded pregnancy, complete with an at-home sonogram machine and rumblings of a silent birth; the messy end of Cruise's 14-year relationship with Paramount over what studio head Sumner Redstone deemed his "creative suicide"; TomKat's spectacle of an Italian wedding, which included a kiss at the altar so drawn out that guests began shouting "stop!"; and their endless photo ops with Suri, whose noise-free delivery and mysterious first few months, when she was kept completely out of the public eye, has sadly given way to looking terrified amid the frequent flashbulb explosions. At this stage, a Cruise comeback remains a longshot, because no matter what role he's playing -- a hero on the big screen or a doting husband and father in real life -- his "alive" eyes now scare the bejeezus out of us.


    Vince Vaughn, 38: A good sense of humor can go a long way to making a man attractive, so it's not surprising that Vince Vaughn has been skating by on his ability to make us laugh and our long memories of just how cool, funny, and easy on the eyes he was in his breakthrough ... morerole as the beautiful-baby-wooing Trent Walker in "Swingers." Alas, the Vaughn of today is not nearly as money. In fact, the Vaughn of today doesn't seem to care one little bit. On the professional front, he seems to be phoning it in with holiday-themed throwaways like "Fred Claus" and "Four Christmases," in which we're expected to believe he's coupled up with the lovely and sophisticated Reese Witherspoon. On the personal side of things, he often can't be bothered with even basic grooming; he steps out in worn plaid shirts that barely fit over his barrel chest, and with nose hairs that appear desperate to make contact with his upper lip. Or, as Esquire said of Vaughn in his December 2008 cover story, "His shirt is open at the collar, probably because it has to be. It's also open at the waist. Even from across this crowded restaurant, it's possible to see a jumbo slice of Vaughn's naked belly. It's too much to ignore, this great golden acreage ..." And though his rumpled, more-bags-under-his-eyes-than-Mariah-Carey-takes-on-a-trip-around-the-world look didn't prevent him from landing his "Break-Up" co-star Jennifer Aniston and a spot on People's Sexy at Any Height list in 2006, his formerly conspicuous charms continue to grow more and more elusive, leaving us to wonder if the cucumber-cool guy who was Trent Walker is gone forever.


    Mel Gibson, 52: It's a testament to Mel Gibson's former sex-symbol standing that he could strut around in a weapons-grade mullet in several of those "Lethal Weapon" movies and still be considered gorgeous. And gorgeous he was, with his dreamy blue eyes and self-assured swagger... more helping him land People's premiere Sexiest Man Alive cover in 1985, a Sexiest Classic honor in 2002, and a Sexiest Man With the Most Kids (seven) nod in 2005. Sure, his face has weathered like rich Corinthian leather, but his rugged appeal deepened along with his wrinkles. At least until July 2006, when Gibson's baby blues stared out from a mug shot after he was busted for DUI. Turns out Mel went all Mad Max on the arresting officers, making appalling anti-Semitic remarks and dubbing one policewoman with the unflattering nickname "sugar t--s." While the Oscar winner immediately sought treatment and issued a mea culpa, saying, "I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry. I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse," the damage was done, and we fear the magnetic twinkle in those peepers may be gone forever.


    Jared Leto, 36: "I just like how he's always leaning. Against stuff. He leans great." So sighed Angela Chase as she mooned over Jordan Catalano on "My So-Called Life." Leto's portrayal of the archetypal high school bad boy -- he skips class, he's in a band, he drives a fast ... morecar -- granted him instant heartthrob status and helped land him on People's 50 Most Beautiful People list in 1996 and 1997. Much to his apparent chagrin, it seems. Leto has waged a relentless (and so far successful) campaign to hack away at his hotness, whether by getting his pretty face beaten to an oddly satisfying pulp ("Fight Club"), dropping 25 pounds to play a drug addict ("Requiem for a Dream"), draping himself in Bo Derek-like dreadlocks ("Panic Room"), causing shortages at Maybelline with his guyliner addiction (for his much-mocked yet unexpectedly enduring band 30 Seconds to Mars), picking fights with a non-threatening Hobbit just because he doesn't like your band (we're right there with you, Elijah Wood), or walking around in public styling dopey fur hats that shout, "Look at me, I'm so much cooler and hipper and kookier than you'll ever be. Did I mention I'm a singer?" Despite this, his success with the fairer sex failed to decline, which seemingly doesn't say much for the fairer sex. When his long-term romance with Cameron Diaz crashed and burned in 2003, Jared hooked up with Scarlett Johansson, although he clearly didn't appreciate his enviable position -- he was photographed caddishly checking his phone while the sought-after starlet planted some sugar on him. When they broke up, Leto was linked to a string of starlets including Jessica Simpson, Ashley Olsen and Lindsay Lohan, his co-star in the critical and commercial turkey "Chapter 27," for which he gained 67 pounds to play Mark David Chapman, the man who murdered John Lennon. While he eventually lost the bloat (and the sexy case of gout that came with it), he managed to crush the remnants of his Catalano goodwill -- and Angela's heart -- in January 2008, when he was caught on camera making out with Paris Hilton.


    Russell Crowe, 44: Russell Crowe was named one of the "Awesome Aussies" in People's Sexiest Man Alive issue in 2000, the same year he won over audiences (and inspired many an appreciative Maximus Hunkiness quip) with his rippling-muscled, Oscar-winning performance in the ... moretunic-tastic "Gladiator." The actor, who won us over with his ability to balance vulnerable, passionate and savage in "L.A. Confidential," possessed "the thoughtful, coiled danger, the unfakable maleness" necessary "to become one of Hollywood's most wanted actors," Time magazine gushed at the time. And, for a while, that's what happened. He emerged unscathed from his liaison with Meg "America's Sweetheart" Ryan and scored his third Oscar nomination for "A Beautiful Mind." But his sexiness-sapping pugilism and self-important tendencies grew with his fame. In 2002, Crowe aggressively confronted a British TV producer who edited out his poem-laced acceptance speech at the BAFTAs, supposedly shouting, "Who on earth had the [bleeping] audacity to take out the Best Actor's poem?" Incidents like this led him to get the "South Park" treatment, which had him hosting his own TV show with the spot-on theme song, "Fightin' Round the World" ("He fights his directors and he fights his fans / It's a problem no one understands"). The hilariously prescient parody -- it would be three more years before he was arrested for winging a phone at a New York hotel concierge in a fit of anger because he couldn't get a call through to his wife Down Under -- also featured a trusty tugboat sidekick named Tugger, who attempted suicide rather than listen to his moody song stylings. The reaction was understandable. Crowe, seemingly tone deaf to his bloviations, boasted in 2005 that his song "Raewyn," penned after the breakup of his band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, is "the only song I've written that has made both men and women cry, think, and call their parents -- usually in that order." And while the thespian has lost some of his luster at the box office in recent years (his latest, "Body of Lies," for which he gained 50-plus pounds, earned so-so reviews and returns) and has turned down potential blockbusters (he dropped out of Baz Luhrmann's epic "Australia" over money, saying, "I do charity work, but I don't do charity work for major studios"), he'll try to turn things around with "Nottingham," in which he plays both Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Of course, Russell might have more luck regaining his "Gladiator" yumminess without the aging hippie ponytail he's sporting for the film. Not that he cares about our opinion. "The question of whether or not I am an honorable man is something I'll let the most important people in my life judge," he told the London Independent in November 2008. " ... I can assure you that I'm not an angry man. I think I'm beyond caring about misconceptions."


    Wesley Snipes, 46: In its 2005 Sexiest Man Alive issue, People saluted Wesley Snipes as one of the "40 fabulous men" who are "sexy at any age." That's probably not an honor the fallen star will brag about when he begins serving his three-year prison sentence for failing to file... more tax returns (assuming his appeal is unsuccessful). Perhaps some downtime (inside or outside the hoosegow) will give Snipes a chance to ponder how he went from being a hugely popular leading man with acclaimed performances in "Mo' Better Blues," "New Jack City," "Jungle Fever" and "White Men Can't Jump," and big paydays in the bloodsucking "Blade" trilogy, to headlining straight-to-DVD fare with no-name casts. Suggested topics of rumination: his tax and legal beefs, including the lawsuit he filed against the studio and suits behind "Blade: Trinity," in which he alleged he'd been shorted money and screen time. "Systematic racism was used to divert focus away from the real issues of an incompetent director and inexperienced producers with a $60 million budget," he railed to Entertainment Weekly in December 2007, "and onto the 'insubordinate, difficult, self-immersed actor.'" Still, there may even be a chance at redemption for Snipes. "He's a phenomenal actor, and I truly feel that he'll regain that power he once had," Spike Lee told King magazine in September 2008. "If my James Brown picture ever gets made, he'll be playing James, and he'd kill in that, without a doubt."

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    Jude Law is still hot, Jared Leto is cute...I agree with the rest though. A real shame what Mickey Rourke did to his face.
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    Let's add Richard Grieco.

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    Vince Vaughn and Val Kilmer take the cake. The others are just receded hair loss, regular aging and bad surgery (Mickey Rourke!!) But it's just awful and sad what booze will do to you. I should take heed.

    Oh and Nick Nolte doesn't count, when was he ever hot??

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    Wow I never knew Vince used to look like that. He was quite hot back then. Jude Law and Jared Leto are still good looking, IMO.

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    Mickey Roarke is a great f*cking actor, though. I mean, after Crowe, he's the most talented of the bunch they mentioned. I'm glad to see he's back making films. And even though I'm not a huge Russell Crowe fan, I think that's just a bad picture. He's cuter than THAT. Jude Law is also a good actor, and he did look beautiful in The Holiday.

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    I know! Vince looks like an entirely different person now.
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    Jude is still hot IMO. And many of them just need to loose some weight.
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    Ditto what y'all said.
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    Haha! I saw this at work today and wanted to post it but didn't have the time. I still think Mel's hot as hell (but he's in my age group, too) and I will love Val Kilmer no matter how big a fucktard he is or how fat he gets.

    I have never liked Russell Crowe nor Wesley Snipes and think they pretty much look the same now as they did then. Jude Law looks balder, but that's not always a bad thing.

    Tom Cruise-the-Gay-Park has always looked like a little assmunch and only was tolerably sexy-looking in "Interview With A Vampire". And I use the term "sexy looking" loosely there, as well.

    How Nick Nolte was ever thought of as hot makes me worry.

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    I never thought Russell Crowe was attractive. Tom Cruise looks exactly the same. He's a good example of how much a bad personality can hurt your appeal.

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    Mickey Rourke makes me wanna cry. He was sooooo good looking way back when.

    Val Kilmer looks like Jeff Bridges now

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    ^ ^ I worship at the altar of Jeff Bridges. He, like Val, is always my sugar-pie honey-bun. Only better looking. Plus he has a sexy little lisp.

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    True, Mickey Rourke has seen better days. But he rescues abused and abandoned chihuahuas, so he will always be beautiful in my eyes.

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