It's the eyes. Paul Newman always resisted the sex symbol label, but it was undeniable. As was his unmistakable talents.
From his early roles (Somebody Up There Likes Me, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Hustler) to his iconic characters that cemented his screen immortality (Hud, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) to his smooth transition from acting legend (Absence of Malice, The Verdict, The Color of Money) to cool-as-a-cucumber character actor (The Hudsucker Proxy, Nobody's Fool, Road to Perdition), Newman was always an actor first, movie star second.
We cannot blame him for wanting us to think that way; but blame those eyes for making us think otherwise.
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