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What makes a man sexy?

Why do we go weak at the knees for men like Russell Brand, asks Deirdre Reynolds

Published 15/03/2011 | 05:00

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George Clooney -- get in line. Hugh Jackman -- just watch the shower scene in Australia. But Russell Brand?

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With his gangly bod, lunatic hair and crotch-clutching trousers, he's Tinseltown's least likely stud.

But after successfully wooing pop princess Katy Perry, now Russell Brand has stolen the heart of The Queen.

Currently starring together in a remake of 1981 comedy Arthur, Dame Helen Mirren has confessed she's fallen for Brand's legendary charms.

And no stranger to sex appeal herself, the 65-year-old reckons she's discovered what makes him so irresistible to ladies.

"The penny dropped for me fairly recently with Russell," tells Mirren, who plays Brand's nanny Hobson in the upcoming movie.

"The thing about him is he likes women, and not a lot of men do -- that's why women like him. He's genuinely interested in us.

"Women melt in his presence."

So first Perry and now Mirren -- does the oddly desirable Brand prove that love is blind?

It's certainly not the first time an aesthetically-challenged star has given more conventional man-candy like Ryan Reynolds a run for their money.

In 1993, country crooner Lyle Lovett -- whose perma-quiff was once likened to a "thatch of nuclear-radiated alfalfa sprouts" -- wed Pretty Woman Julia Roberts.

Now married to golfer and model Natasha Shishmanian, carrot-top Chris Evans also romanced a string of beauties including Billie Piper, Kim Wilde and Geri Halliwell.

And despite being plastered in more make-up than all three combined, shock rocker Marilyn Manson was married to burlesque babe Dita Von Teese and engaged to actresses Rose McGowan and Evan Rachel Wood.

But could Katy Perry, Salma Hayek and Jennifer Lopez -- all of whom have invited comparison to Beauty and the Beast with their choice in men -- be on to something?

A study published by the Journal of Family Psychology found that couples in which the woman is out of the league of the man are happier than couples considered vice versa. Dubbed 'dad' versus 'cad' syndrome, it explained that while red-hot Romeos are busy bed-hopping, their less attractive counterparts work harder at seducing women in order to boost their chances of reproducing.

British novelist John Mortimer once told how he had to talk to a girl for half an hour to get over the disadvantage of his face. While even Casanova -- boasting 122 notches on his bedpost -- was called ugly.

"When a stunning woman like Katy Perry is going out with someone deemed not-so handsome, it only makes other women want him more," says psychologist Owen Connolly.

"It makes women wonder: 'What's he got?'"

Irish Independent

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