From Henry Cavill to Christian Bale to Bradley Cooper, Hollywood’s leading men are usually thought of as having, amongst several other things (full heads of hair, strong jawlines), imposing statures. From Chris Hemsworth to, well, Liam Hemsworth, they usually do. But some of them do not, with only their photogenic charisma making up for their unimpressive height.
The average American man is 5’9” ½ (so adorable that they count the fraction – they’re like the none-too-bright Mayella Ewell who, in To Kill A Mockingbird, tells the judge she’s nineteen and a half.) That being the case, we’ve decided to cap shortness at 5’8” – none of the men on this list exceed that height. Even though it’s below average, we feel as though at 5’9” a person is no longer properly short and has achieved an unremarkable height for the next 5 inches.
We’ve also carefully chosen men from film, television, and music who are not supporting characters. These are men who appear on the poster, on the bus stop ad, on the CD cover. Although we have expanded the scope of “leading man” beyond the cinematic, it still refers to their centrality.
10 Josh Hutcherson – 5’7”
Josh Hutcherson has been around for a long time. He was in the 2005 Will Ferrell movie Kicking & Screaming and then in the 2007 kids movie Bridge to Terabithia. He’s had roles in some of the biggest blockbusters of the past few years, the movie adaptions of Suzanne Collins’ series The Hunger Games. The only thing he hasn’t had? His growth spurt.
9 Bruno Mars – 5’5”
You might have thought, from the cockiness he evinces in “Uptown Funk,” that Bruno Mars was a smooth 6’2” with size 14 feet. Unfortunately for this Hawaiian import, born Peter Gene Hernandez, he’s actually only 5’5”.
8 James McAvoy – 5’7”
James McAvoy’s first proper mainstream role was in The Chronicles of Narnia as Mr. Tumnus, the impish faun. After it occurred to people that he was too good-looking to be playing a mythological half-breed, he was offered the part of Robbie Turner in Atonement alongside Kiera Knightley.
7 Zac Efron – 5’7”
6 Usher – 5’7”
Confessions, Usher’s fourth album, sold an amazing amount of copies. It went diamond in the U.S., meaning it sold more than ten million copies, and worldwide, it has sold over fifteen million. His perfect pitch, renown sense of rhythm, and six-pack abs have made him universally beloved, and “Yeah!” still gets the club bump-bumpin’ eleven years after its original release.
5 Kit Harington – 5’7”
People assume that just because he’s the brooding Jon Snow and the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, that Kit Harington must be 6’3” and 220 pounds. But at 5’7”, he’s just a little guy. Or is he actually something else?
4 Mark Wahlberg – 5’8”
Whether you remember him as Marky Mark in a Calvin Klein ad (superior to Justin Bieber’s) or as a meat-headed Bostonian in Ted, you’ve definitely seen Mark Wahlberg in some sort of central position. He’s shown he can do dramatic in his supporting role in The Departed and funny in his role in The Other Guys. But can he do tall?
3 Kanye West – 5’7”
2 Tom Hardy – 5’7”
Tom Hardy is a bona fide Hollywood hunk: he was the star of the recent blockbuster Mad Max, he played the latest iconic Batman villain, he portrayed Heathcliffe in a tv mini-series of Wuthering Heights.
1 Jesse Eisenberg – 5’6”
Jesse Eisenberg’s breakout role was in Aaron Sorkin’s The Social Network, about how Mark Zuckerberg (also 5’6”) created Facebook. Eisenberg went on to star in Now You See Me, as snarky magic virtuoso J. Daniel Atlas, then in America Ultra with Kristen Stewart.
Thanks to his atypical good looks, he’s been embraced by the movie industry. He shaved his head completely bald to play Lex Luthor in the upcoming Superman flick. He is without a doubt a leading man, the poster of The Social Network simply a picture of his face with script laid over top, at only 5’6”.
Sources: imdb.com, jezebel.com
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