When thinking of who to feature for this week’s SwS I realized that I’ve had Shane West come up in quite a few different conversations over the past week – it was a sign. From one individual telling me that she was approached by the people from Nikita to use their backyard for filming into neighbouring yards to people I follow on Twitter mentioning that they saw Shane at a movie screening in Toronto, it was the obvious choice for this week.
While A Walk To Remember wasn’t Shane’s first starring role, it was most likely the movie that made him a household name. Much like my first SwS post for The Notebook, this film was also based off a Nicholas Sparks book (which I also preferred the film version more). A story about a bad boy (and you guys know how I love my bad boys) who becomes enamoured by a “plain” girl is such a swoon-worthy premise. At that time, I didn’t know of many girls who weren’t crushing on Landon Carter after seeing that movie.
One of my favourite scenes (and songs) from the movie:
After a smattering of roles in various movies and TV shows, he landed the part of Dr. Ray Barnett on ER for 5 years. Admittedly, I wasn’t that big on the show, but I did manage to catch a few episodes here and there while he was on it. I actually didn’t realize he was on that show for as long as he was until I looked it up to write this post! Since the finale of the hospital drama, Shane can now be seen on the CW’s Nikita starring opposite the gorgeous Maggie Q – which films in Toronto! A friend of mine was actually an extra in a couple episodes of the show (jealous!)
It’s nice to see an actor that I liked when I was younger grow up and mature in his roles on screen. From high school kid (remember Get Over It and Whatever It Takes??) to doctor and now ex-agent, his work is reflective of him growing as a person and as an actor.
A few discussion questions:
- Have you seen A Walk To Remember? Were you also in the Landon fan club?
- Did you watch Shane on ER and/or Nikita?
- What has been your favourite role of his?
- Which makes you swoon more: Goatee-Shane, or clean-shaven-Shane?