Paul Newman — Into the Deep Blue

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When men learn to invent their style, when they are comfortable enough to carve out what will separate them from the rest, it is often by accentuating a natural feature. Some will take advantage of a broad smile, stout chin or smooth stride. For Paul Newman, one of the true silver screen legends, his masterful style begins and ends with those magnificent blue eyes.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Other men have swept audiences off their feet with seductive eyes including the baby blues of Frank Sinatra and the steely gaze of Denzel Washington, but with Newman it was nothing he needed to control or affect, he used his eyes naturally and simply happened to seduce many leading women, millions of movie goers and anyone who had the good fortune to be in his regal presence.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]


What we admire most about Newman is his easygoing manner; a style so unforced it fit in perfect with the swimming blue of those eyes. When he played a chain gang con man in Cool Hand Luke the other prisoners heed seniority to Luke’s relaxed approach and eventually establish a cult-like following for a man who made every effort to do nothing. This admiration so offends Luke that at one point he lashes out, showing the only real emotion he had, sick of the spineless attitude of his fellow inmates, Whether the real Newman ever felt tired of how his looks could melt women and emasculate men we don’t know because he kept any animosity well hidden.

Newman comes from another generation, when boys enlisted to fight in wars worth fighting for, studied under great teachers (Lee Strasberg) instead of being noticed on a cramped stage of idle hacks and thrived because they had more than just good looks and connections. Newman would draw audiences in and blow critics away with astonishing roles in successful films including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Hustler, the aforementioned Cool Hand Luke, The Sting, Slap Shot and The Color of Money. He took home the Oscar for Best Actor in The Color of Money but deserved it most for Cool Hand Luke.

Newman is that man of style we can truly believe in because as unreal as he seemed, he was as real as they come.

In addition to being an A-list leading man, Newman would create an even larger-than-life persona with his ability to direct, produce, race cars, start thriving businesses and give away considerable sums of his fortune to those less fortunate. We wait for a chink in the armor, a slip of the tongue, a crack in the flawless image but we find none. And we are relieved. Newman is that man of style we can truly believe in because as unreal as he seemed, he was as real as they come.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s in this defining role as Luke Jackson that we get a real glimpse into the inner workings of this man. When he wins a card game by playing a bluff he tells his pals, “Yeah, well, sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand”. It’s not that Newman was playing with us all these years; those alluring blue eyes weren’t hiding a fraud that conned his way to success and admiration. It was rather the wisdom of a man’s man, a gentlemen revealing to upstarts and first-timers that it takes more than a cool suit, charming quips and polished shoes to put together character.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]


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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Perhaps what Newman was telling us is that sometimes, it’s how you play the hand rather than the hand that makes the difference. However you interpret it, Newman’s role as a style arbiter is unquestioned. Not even age could fade the shine of those blue eyes and even when the bright lights turned to other stars, Newman still shone as if he didn’t need the cameras anyway. Racing by at 180 mph and retiring to the coastline of Connecticut, Newman hustled his way to the charmed life and if anyone deserved it, it was Newman, the coolest cat in the room.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Written by Kevin McLaughlin for MNSWR Magazine Read the original article on

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