Another Fangirl Friday!
So, the man I want to talk about today took me by surprise. In all the stories I’ve written, most of my “villians” don’t have much of a face in my head. I don’t know why that’s the case, but they don’t. I like to think I still write them pretty well, when I have them, even without this. Of course, more recently, there haven’t exactly been villians, as the conflict has been either internal or between the MCs.
But when I wrote Choices, whether I meant to or not, I had a picture in my head for Mukesh. If you’ve read Choices, you probably do not like this man (I know I don’t). So, I hadn’t really set out to have an inspiration for him. But there I was, scrolling through tumblr one day (again) and found this picture:
I nearly spit my coffee out when I saw it. He was so perfect visually that I couldn’t believe it! And I’d never seen him before! Well, I saved that picture fast! I didn’t know who he was, but I definitely wanted to see more.
Yay Google! For you are all–okay, not quite, but it certainly didn’t fail me in this. before I knew what hit me, I had a mess of pictures of this man. I was surprised when I found a lot of them with his hair all cut off (you should all know by now that I have a bit of a weakenss for men with hair!). But that seems to be the norm for a lot of these men. They do a few photo shoots or a movie or two with hair then BAM it’s gone.
Milind Soman seemed no different. However, I did still manage to find quite a few of him with those lovely locks. The second picture I found of him was even more like the Mukesh in my head.
But as I am rarely content with just a couple of pictures, I wanted to see more of him. I had his name, but not much else.
He’s a very interesting guy. He is a runner and does a lot of charity runs as well as his modeling and acting. Probably his biggest (or, well, most likely known here) role is as Saladin in Arn: The Knight Templar, a mini-series-turned movie imported from Europe. Not exactly the most well-known. I’ve watched it. Much of it is subtitled, but if you can stand that, it’s a good movie and Milind does a fantastic job as Saladin. Most of his other work is in Middle Eastern-based films.
He’s a very inspirational type of person and it almost makes me sorry he’s the inspiration for Mukesh. 😉 I mean, look at that smile. If that’s the first picture I’d seen of him, there’s NO way I’d have been able to think of him as my villian.
But he is a good actor and can look quite fierce when the situation calls for it (as we see above). Or… quite (I love you, Milind, I really do, but this is SO…) goofy:
Mind you, I still think (even with the over-the-top stuff) the man is sexy as hell, though I know some might consider him a bit old. But he runs 10ks in his sleep (well, maybe not but close) and when you see a smile like this:
Well, I know I’d be hard-pressed to resist it.