Movies: One Cool Jude

Younger than Cruise, handsomer than Clooney and much sweeter than Crowe, the talented Mr. Law has finally decided it's time to test his leading-man mettle

Jude Law keeps all the shirts he has been killed in. And he has been killed rather a lot, often quite horribly. There was a bashing with an oar, a climactic shootout and immolation in a garbage-disposal unit, to name a few. The fake-bloodied shirts seem like an apt, if slightly macabre set of trophies for his career to date, since Law has built a career around playing mesmerizing bullies. But the garments may be ironic talismans because, really, what most of Law's fans want to see is the man with his shirt off.

The ardor that Law elicits has...

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