When the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie came out, it seemed Hollywood had hit peak pirate attractiveness levels — Johnny Depp wearing black eyeliner, Orlando Bloom and Jack Davenport sent the hearts of middle school girls (and women of all ages probably) around the world a-fluttering. Now, the new Starz series Black Sails totally outshines all the Pirates of the Caribbean films put together. Apparently there is room for more attractive pirates in Hollywood.
Let’s start with the men: in the main cast we’ve got Luke Arnold as John Silver, Tom Hopper as Billy Bones, Zach McGowan as Captain Vane, and Toby Stephens as Captain Flint. For those who love tall guys, Hopper is 6’5” (yes, I absolutely looked that up). McGowan is shirtless in the first episode and has the body of Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel films. Stephens is a mix of Michael Fassbender and Damian Lewis (it’s a deadly combination). Meanwhile, Arnold has the bad boy smirk down, reminding us of that elusive older guy we crushed on in high school.
However, as much as the men of Black Sails are attractive, so are the ladies (though there aren’t quite as many). Hannah New plays Eleanor Guthrie, a take charge kind of woman who isn’t afraid to get in a guy’s face; Max, a smart and cunning prostitute, is played by Jessica Parker Kennedy; and the mysterious Anne Bonny, who hides under her hat most of the time, is played by Clara Paget. The women of Black Sails could definitely give the men a run for their money.
No matter what you’re into, it’s likely you’ll be attracted to at least one character on Black Sails — or all of the characters, that is totally possible as well. It has us wondering if a cast could be anymore attractive (we think not).
British actress Clara Paget was hospitalised with appendicitis during the filming of new TV drama Black Sails. The Fast & Furious 6 star, 24, was working on the TV prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island when she became ill, and doctors rushed her into surgery as soon as she was admitted to hospital.
Paget tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "'It was absolutely terrifying. I was really ill and suddenly I was being rushed off to hospital. They cut into all my great core muscles - it was agony. I was supposed to be back shooting a few days afterwards and I just had to say, 'I'm sorry, this is not going to happen'."
Paget has since made a full recovery.