Some great rolled-up sleeves

There's nothing more irresistable than a guy's forearms when it's set off by a nice pair of rolled-up sleeves. Just short sleeves will never do, and it's preferable that the sleeves belong to a button-up shirt--it gives that sexy disheveled look. Anyway, here a list of a random 10 rolled-up sleeves:

1. Julian Sands as George Emerson in A Room with a View (1985). He's kind of a weirdy, but him reclining post-tennis match in rolled-up sleeves and a bonus set of suspenders wins me over every time.

2. John Cusack voices the awesome Dmitri from Anastasia (1997). Yeah, it's rolled-up sleeves on top of another shirt, but I'm counting it just because there is also a vest and floppy hair involved.

3. Yul Brynner as General Sergei Pavlovich Bounine in Anastasia (1956). He's the character Dmitiri was modeled after for the 1997 version, but he's a different sort of attractive. Bounine is almost all business and only loosens up on occasion such as this scene. He's almost likable here, which I owe mostly to the sleeves.

4. Jonathon Rhys Meyers* as Joe in Bend it Like Beckham (2002). Irish accent, footballer, awesome coach, and a habit of rolling up his sleeves. What more can you ask for?

5. The entire case of Newsies (1992). Like any girl who grew up in the 90s, Newsies is just a feast for the eyes. In fact, it still is, but I feel a little creepy knowing that almost all these guys were younger than I am when they made this film. Whatever. The point is, you've got the totally ripped Mush, my childhood crush Spot Conlon, and Max Casella (um, apparently Racetrack Higgins) in one shot here all with rolled-up sleeves singing about being the king of New York.

But this isn't enough to show you. You can't bask in its entire glory. Here's the whole scene (with some Christian Bale sleeve action. Too bad Bill Pullman is so buttoned up):

Unfortunately this is kind of pixaly. Just go rent it. Or buy it. Just love it.

6. While Eduardo Verastegui does sport an epic beard in Bella (2006), the sleeves of his chef jacket are probably the most endearing part of his costuming.

7. Clark Gable as Peter Warne in It Happened One Night (1934). Mr. Gable's sleeves are just one reason to love this film. And him.

8. David Duchovny as Fox Mulder in the tv series The X-Files. You know the case is serious when he's rolled up his sleeves.

9. Richard Armitage as Mr. Thornton in North & South (2004). I recently read the book, and while it was delightful to read some of Mr. Thornton's inner-most thoughts, seeing these sleeves when Mr. Thornton is stressed out about finances beats it all.

10. Bradley Whitford as Josh Lyman in the television series The West Wing. Nary an episode goes by when Josh doesn't have rolled-up sleeves. No wonder Donna fell for him, working with those exposed forearms every day.

*Not to be confused with John Rhys Davies.


  1. I am going to start wearing all of my shirts like that--even the short-sleeved ones!

  2. AAAG! I was going to write this post TODAY. Yours was better illustrated. An addition: http://www.moviesonline.ca/movie-gallery/albums/userpics/StrangerThanFiction-1.jpg (I find no part of Will Ferrell attractive aside from his wrists.

  3. Clancy--do it.
    ke--didn't we just have this conversation? I think that's why I wrote this.

  4. I 100% agree with you. What is it about rolling up those sleeves and revealing a little forearm. I just melt.. Haha.
    I think I told my boyfriend that once and he was surprised.

    Its like, what, guys don't know this?!?!

  5. Reading this post was the perfect way to end my evening. Thank you, dear. :)

  6. Nice list!
    Achieving that rolled up thing takes some hard work though. It's debatable if it should be rolled, folded, how much up from the wrist, for how long etc...
    So I salute the brave men who made it to your list.

  7. Jose--thanks for the insider's view on the subject.

  8. True, but something I've never thought about. Beautiful insight. And one that sparks plenty of conversation.

  9. Jonathan Rhys Meyers looks good as King Henry in The Tudors also - the DVD cover has a good rolled up sleeves shot. George Clooney is quite a shirt sleeve roller also, as is Ryan Gosling. A lot of younger movie stars are into it too - Zac Efron for example. I have several examples, if you need any for Part 2!