Patel of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ fame doesn’t think so.
Remember that lanky, serious-looking young man in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Dev Patel, who made his acting debut with that film? Well, forget Milind Soman, John Abraham, Hrithik Roshan or Salman Khan when it comes to sexy looking Indian men. Television host Ellen DeGeneres thinks Patel, with a bit of buff and a beard, is fit enough to be the Sexist Man Alive and grace the cover of People magazine’s 2017 choice for the title.
Patel, 26, has been in the news for his work in ‘Lion’, a film about a 5-year-old boy who gets separated from his family in India and gets adopted by an Australian couple.
While appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday, Ellen mentions how buff Dev had become for his role in the Golden Globe-nominated movie, reported EOnline.
“It seems like you worked out and you did a lot to get ready for this role,” the host notes.
“Yeah, I had to grow some hair,” Dev jokes. “I had to go to the gym. Well, going to the gym was very tough because I’m very vocal. I don’t do much weightlifting, but I make a lot of noise.”
Because fans consider Dev’s hard work in the gym time well spent, Ellen recommends he parlay it into another role. “That’s a big deal to get nominated, but there’s so much more for you out there in life, and because you look so good and people are saying you look buff and everything I had this made for you,” Ellen says as a mockup of Dev on the cover of People magazine’s 2017 Sexiest Man Alive issue displays on the screen.
“No!” Dev shouts in response, adorably embarrassed by the honor, reported EOnline.
“It’ll help your career,” Ellen advises. “Listen to me. You print these out and hand them out as you’re doing interviews and if you get this wonderful title of Sexiest Man Alive—”
“That’s never going to happen,” Dev interrupts.
“Yes, it will. Your career will just catapult into—there’s no limit to what can happen.”
Still appearing embarrassed, Dev makes Ellen say, “You don’t seem appreciative.”
“This is very awkward,” Dev jokes.
“All right,” she says. “You just don’t understand Hollywood.”
Of course, DeGeneres meant it seriously, or Patel’s fans would like to think so. Even if Patel is not the ‘Most Interesting Man’ of the Dos Equis ads, and is unlikely to play the role of James Bond anytime soon, if ever, the sexiest man alive is all about charisma. And Patel has plenty of that apart from abundant talent too.