Paul Newman passed away yesterday at his home in Connecticut. He was 83. Newman always fought against his “pretty boy” image, taking roles that often worked against type. He became the ultimate anti-hero in films like COOL HAND LUKE, THE HUSTLER and BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID. But one of my favorite Newman roles was that of the unprincipled title character in HUD.
As for his image as a sex symbol, take a look at this screen test from EAST OF EDEN where Newman holds his own alongside James Dean.