by Charlotte Butterfield
When I was writing the character of Will in Me, You and Tiramisu, I wanted to create a man that was devastatingly handsome, but also a bit cheeky. Charming, but not sleazy. Funny, but not annoying. Sensitive but not in a weepy, curl-up-in-a-ball type way. It was a bit of a tall order, so I started looking back at my favourite heroes in TV and film for inspiration, and here are a few of my favourites:
- The Colin Firth character in Love Actually. He rushes back in the middle of a wedding to check on his sick girlfriend. He writes novels on a typewriter. He owns a French cottage. He learns a new language to converse with the girl he’s in love with. He has a great collection of chunky knitwear.
- Mr Big in Sex and The City. Those eyes. And flirty lip curl. But mainly the eyes.
- Idris Elba in Luther. Ok, so he’s a bit violent, but only with baddies. I am totally in the Elba for Bond camp. Can you imagine that combination?
- William Thacker played by Hugh Grant in Notting Hill. He owns a bookshop. And lives in Notting Hill. He wears shirts with rolled-up sleeves. He has interesting friends and likes going to dinner parties where the wine seems to flow freely. Score.
- Jake Ryan played by Michael Schoeffling in Sixteen Candles. I watched this seminal eighties film when I was a teenager and instantly fell in love with the brooding bad boy. I watched it again recently, and apart from the awful haircuts, high-waisted jeans and general eighties cringiness, I can totally see why my younger self was so weak of the knee.
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