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Undoubtedly part of the reason for the success of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in their hey day - just like Steve Reeves, Reg Park and the other body builders turned stars of Hercules and other Italian sword and sandal flicks who inspired them. And continues with their successors Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
The late Burt Lancaster, a former circus acrobat before he took up acting, was one of Hollywood's earliest examples.
Paul Bettany as Geoffrey Chaucer in . Spends his entire very memorable introduction sequence (several minutes long) completely naked and in desperate need of a scrubbing. He's naked again not long after that.
A Knight's Tale Christopher Atkins as Richard in is The Blue Lagoon shirtless throughout the whole movie and has many fanservice scenes.
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers in - including Captain America: The First Avenger in-universe: When he first comes out of the chamber that buffs him up, Agent Carter can't resist reaching out and touching his newly-incredible bare chest ◊ for a moment.
Also meta since her actress was overcome by the moment and they got some Enforced Method Acting for nothing.
There's also a nurse in the background who holds out a shirt for Steve, gets a second look at him, then puts the shirt away. She is a true American hero.
The very first shot of Steve in is The Avengers framed to show off his ass, and it does occasionally veer back that way.
Steve also sporadically evokes this in the sequel - that tight t-shirt (and later on, the white tank top) really shows off those muscles...
is just chock full of naked, shirtless and tiny-swimsuit-wearing Daniel Craig. The scene to the right was pure dumb luck due to where they were shooting (the water was too shallow so Craig couldn't swim and had to stand up). The director decided to Casino Royale Throw It In and Craig proved he could live up to Bond's Memetic Sex God status.
Salvadore from Couples Retreat is never seen with a shirt on.
In , Holbrooke Grant ( Date Night Mark Wahlberg) spends the whole movie with his shirt off, and just put them on near the end when he's asked for it.
Chris Evans in ... when his powers flared up while skiing and somehow turned a snowbank into a jacuzzi, would Fantastic Four any straight woman, gay man, or bisexual have turned down that invite? And watching him awkwardly prance around naked afterwards...
. Gothed-up and Fright Night (2011) shirtless David Tennant.
: Lee Byung-hun in a G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra white suit, Lee Byung-hun shirtless.
Vincent Perez in spends most of his screen time staring vaguely past the camera with his open shirt flapping around his impressive pecs.
Indochine The film . Emile Hirsch spends a significant part of the film in a state of close up shirtlessness.
Into The Wild starts with Will Smith's character in the shower.
I, Robot Averted with Party Boy from Jackass
Thor from the 2010 movie Kaboom is nothing but a Mr. Fanservice.
Trent, the male protagonist of , has several shirtless scenes, wears shirts with varying numbers of buttons undone, and has a full nude scene near the beginning of the film for good measure. Not to mention all the sweat he works up.
Lawn Dogs is a movie about male strippers. The Powers that Be were aware of this, as one of the bonus features of the DVD was all of the stripping scenes strung together without any of that pesky dialogue or plot getting in the way.
Magic Mike Taylor Lautner ◊ in removes his shirt a lot.
New Moon is FULL of this. It has a bunch of guys who are usually wearing tight shirts or even no shirts. There's even a scene where Rob Lowe comes out of the shower wearing only a towel. Later, he's laying on the couch with his knees up so it looks like he's naked.
The Outsiders All three protagonists in .
Pain and Gain The 2003 adaptation of might be the most egregious example on this list. As soon as Peter shows up it's non-stop, maximum-strength teen girl fanservice.
Peter Pan In The Lightning Thief Logan Lerman makes his bid at becoming a teen sex symbol.
Pretty much the entire male cast of , excepting perhaps some of the minor characters.
Pirates of the Caribbean : Clive Owen naked having sex and shooting things.
Shoot 'em Up Steven Strait, a.k.a. Warren Peace in , as admitted by the director.
Sky High . Not only can Marcus not keep his shirt on, but Terminator Salvation Ahnold shows up as the T-800 at the climax. .
Naked Having Chris Hemsworth walk on-camera without his shirt in didn't accomplish anything except for one of the characters to note he's pretty ripped for a hobo.
Thor His shirtless scene in Thor: The Dark World is just as gratuitous. Even Chris Hemsworth asked why it was included.
Well, when you have someone that hot in your movie...
It's difficult to find a movie in which Jason Statham appears and doesn't take his shirt off at some point. The Transporter includes three (count 'em, three!) shirtless scenes.
In The Wedding Date, Dermont Mulroney plays Nick Mercer, a male escort who hired by Kat Ellis (Debra Messing) to pose as her boyfriend. He has no problem about taking a shower in front of her.
Chris Evans basically spent much of What's Your Number? naked or at least in various states of undress.
Was there really any need for Paul McGann to spend half of nearly-naked? Of course there was. This trope. Hell, the man has his own real-life Estrogen Brigade. Seriously. Withnail and I That's the name of his fanclub.
X-Men Wolverine. There's a reason that he's often shirtless.
Colossus spends most of his screen time in running around shirtless, and his uniform in X2: X-Men United lacks sleeves to show off his physique.
X-Men: The Last Stand Angel spends a good part of shirtless.
X-Men: The Last Stand Noburo Mori from is in nice shape and gets an underwear scene.
The Wolverine A feature of the average barbarian fantasy film - Conan the Barbarian, The Beastmaster, Kull, and all their kin. The heroic beefcake is in even less armor than the heroic girlfriend cheesecake.
Jean-Claude Van Damme, full stop. He must have a contract stipulation that states he must show his bare ass at least once in every movie he's in, and he spends a good amount of combined time shirtless.
Elysium: Matt Damon gets several opportunities to showcase the benefits of additional gym time. Not that anyone's complaining.
Teddy from , natch, when you're played by Zac Efron, you're automatically this. Neighbors It also helps him get a post-college career at Abercrombie & Fitch, and there's a prolonged Shirtless Scene at the end that seems to say "Thanks for watching, ladies, and now: here's the reason you bought a ticket."