By Alynda Wheat
May 12, 2009 at 05:02 AM EDT
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Is it okay if I reserve judgment on whether to be happy about Matthew Goode getting cast in the new Ricky Gervais-Stephen Merchant flick Cemetery Junction? Don’t get me wrong — I loved the guy in Match Point, in which he played Tom Hewett, a wealthy, gorgeous specimen of modern aristocracy (money over title, dahlings), who befriends an unrepentant social climber (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who ends up stealing Tom’s hot little American honey (Scarlett Johansson). If there’s anyone who can distract me from Rhys Meyers’ pretty, pretty face, and Johansson’s ostentatiously perfect everything, it’s Goode. He’s got that classic Byronic hero thing going, only not quite so edgy. If he were a Jane Austen hero he’d be the affable Mr. Ferrars (Sense & Sensibility), or maybe the kindly Mr. Knightley (Emma) in his golden years, but never haughty hottie Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice).

That’s one Matthew Goode, anyway. The other one you’d know if you saw Watchmen — or if, like me, you saw pictures of Goode as Watchmen‘s Ozymandias, and they freaked you out so much, they scared you away from the movie. That’s right, I didn’t see Watchmen because Goode’s severe, asymmetrical blond bob (stolen from every boy in my high school ca. 1991) made me cringe.

I admit, though, that I could be way off base here. Maybe the blond Goode is…good? Is he hotter with highlights? What do you think PopWatchers? Which Matthew Goode do you want reporting for work on Cemetery Junction — the buff brunette, or the cornsilk cutie? Opinions, please.

addCredit(“Match Point: Everett Collection; Watchmen: Clay Enos/© DC Comics”)

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