In Defense Of The Dumb Hottie: Keanu Reeves And Taylor Kitsch

Keanu in Point Break with the late Patrick Swayze.

Today the quintessential dumb, hot guy, Keanu Reeves turns 48 years old. It’s hard to believe that Reeves has been in the business for over 30 years at this point, and that, despite his efforts to play the occasional “smart” role, it always falls flat. Always.

Did you see Point Break? Yes, he tried to pull off the serious and tough FBI agent Johnny Utah, but for starters, his name was Johnny Utah. He didn’t have a chance to be taken seriously even if that was the plan when the film first came out in 1991. Watch it now and you will laugh your ass off.

Perhaps we can blame Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure for forever typecasting him as cute, lovable, hot, but dumb as shit, or maybe that’s how he is in real life, too? Even in interviews you can’t help but cock your head to the side and wonder to yourself exactly what is going on inside Keanu’s brain — anything at all? Maybe astronomical math problems, or just the emptiness that coincides with the sound of crickets?

Enter: Taylor Kitsch.

Kitsch seems to be this generation’s Keanu, don’t you think? He’s extremely easy on the eyes, but he usually comes off as a bit on the dumb side. Although, he has done other roles since that of Tim Riggins in Friday Night Lights, similar to Keanu, he’s practically type-casted to play that role forever: the hot guy who dropped out of college and opened an auto-body shop with his brother called ”Riggins’ Rigs.” From that moment on, he was doomed. Who’s going to hire him to play a serious role, and even if a studio tried to throw him a bone, audiences would probably have the same reaction of “WTF?” just as they did every time Keanu tried to play smart and authoritative. Remember the movie Speed, anyone?

The fact is, not everyone has to be a rocket scientist, because we have enough of those already. Just like not everyone has to be drop-dead gorgeous, because if they were, the modeling industry would be so overrun that it would cease to exist. While Keanu and Taylor may be pigeonholed as idiots who great looks (Did they just have his character use a word longer than three syllables?), the truth is we have no idea what their I.Q. might happen to be  – and maybe that’s because they don’t know what I.Q. stands for or maybe they just don’t care.

Let’s be honest, the world needs beautiful people and if they’re not the brightest bulbs out there it’s OK. If society has taught us anything, it’s that looks are everything. It totally trumps brains.


Photo: Point Break – 20th Century Fox

Photo: Kitsch - PNP/

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    • Susan

      You’ve obviously never seen Taylor Kitsch interviewed. He’s far from dumb. He jokes around a lot and is often sarcastic, but dumb? Not even close.

    • Terry Kilmer

      T.K. isn’t dumb, just young and ambitious. Give the guy a break. What was the point of this article anyway? Was it to illustrate how shallow and dumb the author was?

    • LindseyRae

      Taylor kitsch is not dumb at all. In fact a lot of critics will admit that friday night lights didnt get the credit it deserved. They also argue that taylor should have at least been in the running for an Emmy for the role of Tim Riggins mainly in season four I believe. He is rather smart and he chooses his roles based on the challenge or so he says. I think he one of his best was the bang bang club. I think a lot of people don’t know who Taylor is makes it part of the problem…ps you might say speed wasn’t great but everyone has seen it

    • NaneaT

      You know that when you point one finger at someone, four fingers point back at you. Have you ever watched Keanu talk? Have you heard of his project ‘Side by Side’? Have you watched ‘River’s Edge’, or ‘The Gift’? Not even serious critics slam him in every part.

    • nina

      Keanu is smarter than what’s your name………..oh yeah irrelevant author……..suffering from a severe case of diarrhea pouring out of the pen.

    • anakinmcfly

      You know, if you wanted to defend dumb hotties, it would have been good to actually use examples of people who are dumb to begin with. I admittedly have no idea who Taylor Kitsch is and thus can’t comment on his level of intellect, but regarding Keanu, I’d like to quote Matrix producer Joel Silver: “I love that the fallacy that Keanu is a moron is out there in the world.” Keanu has frequently been described – by people who actually know him or have met him – as ‘keenly intelligent’, a ‘stealth genius’, ‘deceptively smart’, a great chess player who apparently beats everyone, and allegedly has an IQ of 160. I’m not sure if links work here; if so, here are a selection of quotes to that effect:

    • MeanGirlsSuck

      The article is terrible. Did someone actually pay the writer for this? I’d rather be dumb than be as insecure as poor Miss Chatel here.

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    • Stacey

      This comment comes 2 years after the original post.
      Just wondering if the author of this article wishes to make a statement regarding Taylor Kitsch’s casting and performance in “Lone Survivor” and subsequently, “The Normal Heart.”
      I’m also really baffled as to how the CHARACTER Taylor Kitsch played on Friday NIght Lights is supposedly any reflection at all of his personal character or intellect. You do realize Tim Riggins is a FICTIONAL CHARACTER, I hope?