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Old 01-19-2012, 03:03 PM
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Stalkers (Ben/Ryan) #51: Because Southland's back and it's better than ever!


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1. No bashing Ben, Ryan, or any of Ryan relationships.
2. This is not the Adam, Rachel or Mischa thread, so do not go off subject.
3. Be friendly to your fellow Stalkers.
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Stalkers (aka..Ben's #1 Lovers)
1. Ice Queen Follower
2. southside
3. ScorpioGrl
4. Kat*EyEz
5. Lyndsi
6. SARS&AIDS
7. *Shannon*
8. *Stephie*
9. .one.ray.of.sunlight.
10. Caro84
11. mysti
12. The Christmas Nazi
13. Floegirl
14. FieryAngel
15. Eyes_only4_Behr
16. *Ledi*
17. Atti's Angel
18. I3rown Eyed Girl
19. Niffler
20. White Lady of Rohan
21. GodsGirl4Life
22. aerocutie31
23. DaWsonSReaLJoEy
24. beautyisskindeep
25. Angel_Demoness
26. tina beana *
27. cheerchickie17
28. ~*Carrie*~
29. * Diane *
30. Kawaii_Jay
31. Kelly_mvpics
32. crazy4TheCalling
33. Andrea D
34. Sick And Twisted
35. kischa
36. SoloxSoul
37. Rock Chickie
38. Liliya
39. *~oRlAnDo's GuRl~*
40. ~*Brianna*~
41. Kayley
42. HyperBitch
43. dixieland_dreamer
44. Tess Shipper Whore (Aleah)
45. BeachBabe101
46. BenDreaming
47. punkmusicc
48. samgeller
49. Anica
50. Lady Dragonair
51. KaLiPinAy23
52. Callalily
53. JacquiJack
54. LuckyStar23
55. xxlisaxx
56. katesuperstar
57. Manda105
58. XoCmMoX
59. detheo
60. YankeeChic21212
61. Konstantine23
62. dayblazes
63. Vivianaley23
64. True Daisy lover4ever
65. MeganMila
66. *Stacy*
67. Roswelldesertsky
68. ~Anto~
69. Cristofle
70. CreekFreak
71. septemberose
72. ~Courtney~
73. Seth's Secret Sister
74. tru-calling4eva (Tezza)
75. octobersmoke
76. FlyingHigh25
77. Shadowgirl17
78. *Cosmo*
79. ryanforever
80. Crazed_Fan
81. ~Paradise~
82. chandlerbingfan
83. BreathofJasmine
84. BenMcKenzieAlways
85. Kait
86. -Delilah-
87. piscesgirl389
88. Erica_85
89. martystel
90. Jackie85
91. JVDBFan20
92. -cuckoo bananas-
93. BeaSugarman
94. ~Melissa~
95. JJM_7
96. JVDBFan20
97. Ryan-Marissa<3
98. tooty
99. -Beautiful Disaster-
100. Leyton_Rox
101. RySummLove
102. unfloopy_
103. #*$@Tessa@$*#
104. illyria_girl
105. Rachel_89
106. loveben
107. Saralou
108. Erin loves theoc
109. Styx
110. Elyx
111. "You'reMyLittleSnowAngel"
112. cheery_brucas
113. GretchenPie
114. Lisa2011
115. Kelly_Dylan
116. Cassie.
117. xsweetnightmarex
118. callieUK
119. swedish_girl80 (Hanna)
120. martha(brucas&jeyton)
121. Natasja1982
122. Sweetgirl465
123. ManhattanBabe
124. bumbleDEE
125. Nessa233
126. bengirl25
127. JamieScott
128. Mimmie
129. Priya
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136. ant31
137. NewOCFan
138. foreveryoung20
139. maverick721
140. grahad8
141. RM&SSforever
142. sexydidi16
143. HaleyJamesFan
144. Cosmic Love
145. McQueenFanGirl
146. beachbum314
147. dcfriends
148. PetrificusTotalus
149. lilylovesrufus
150. Sara Caffrey
151. Suddenly Enlightened
152. AlyssaHP88









Reasons we LOVE Ben::
1. 'Cause he's an intense actor.
2. 'Cause he does his own stunts on Southland.
3. 'Cause he's real.
4. 'Cause he has loads of charisma.
5. 'Cause he volunteers his time to helping others.
6. 'Cause he was president of National Honor Society.
7. 'Cause he played football with Drew Breese.
8. 'Cause theater is his first love.
9. 'Cause have you seen his dog, Oscar?
10. 'Cause he becomes good friends with almost everybody on the set.
11. 'Cause he's not afraid to audition for challenging roles.
12. 'Cause he can convey it with a look.
13. 'Cause have you seen him SHIRTLESS?
14. 'Cause he gives good lip.
15. 'Cause his eyes are breathtaking. Gah.
16. 'Cause he's smart.
17. 'Cause his voice is the sex.
18. 'Cause he loves to travel and learn about other cultures.
19. 'Cause he likes to cook.
20. 'Cause he saved his neighbor's son's life.
21. 'Cause he loves his mama. :]
22. 'Cause he's down to earth.
23. 'Cause he takes shots with fellow fans.
24. 'Cause he was singing along to The Killers.
25. 'Cause he cares about the work more than the money.
26. 'Cause he wants to be a serious actor.
27. 'Cause he's hilarious on-set.
28. 'Cause he likes to make fun of himself.
29. 'Cause he liked who he was before.
30. 'Cause he makes the older ladies say, "If I was just 20 yrs younger".
31. 'Cause he's the heartthrob on the show.
32. 'Cause there's nothing better than Wet!Shirtless!Ben!
33. 'Cause he looks hot in a hoodie.
34. 'Cause his smile makes you melt.
35. 'Cause we loved his speech at the Democratic National Convention.
36. 'Cause he's got a great sense of humor.
37. 'Cause he laid on the bed...shirtless and we thanked him.
38. 'Cause he's straight forward, he goes for the boobs and the ass.
39. 'Cause he makes a simple t-shirt and jeans look HOT.
40. 'Cause his southern accent is adorable.
41. 'Cause only he can pull off the mustache. LOL.
42. 'Cause it's totally his show!
43. 'Cause he makes the most adorable expressions.
44. 'Cause he loves the nose graze.
45. 'Cause he makes combat boots look sexy.
46. 'Cause he's articulate.
47. 'Cause he's educated...and that makes him hotter.
48. 'Cause he has the cutest sarcastic, dry humor.
49. 'Cause he plays pranks on-set.
50. 'Cause he steals wifebeaters from the set.
51. 'Cause he cares about other people's property.
52. 'Cause he feels like 'Zach Braff'.
53. 'Cause to see him on the big screen is pure heaven.
54. 'Cause "Ben, what's wrong?"
55. 'Cause he even looks hot in plaid and flannel shirts.
56. 'Cause he'll reduce you to "gah's, aww's, so cute's, adorable's and *thud*.
57. 'Cause he's still a "loser even though he's a winner."
58. 'Cause he's passionate about his work.
59. 'Cause he's not a publicity whore.
60. 'Cause he has perfect teeth.
61. 'Cause when he read the script of 'Junebug' it made him cry.
62. 'Cause he's nice to the press.
63. 'Cause "Le Newport Beach, Le Newport Beach!"
64. 'Cause he wears as much clothing as possible at the beach.
65. 'Cause he's a dog person.
66. 'Cause he wants a girlfriend on a Saturday night and a dog on a Sunday morning.
67. 'Cause he has perfected the forehead touch.
68. 'Cause on Regis and Kelly, he made the most adorable "mmah"" kissing sounds.
69. 'Cause he's hot...did we say that already?
70. 'Cause you need a dictionary to describe him when you run out of words.
71. 'Cause have we mentioned THE HAIR!?
72. 'Cause he has amazing facial features. The cheekbones. Gah.
73. 'Cause he's finally wearing shorts to show off those sexy legs of his!
74. 'Cause he gives the most adorable pout.
75. 'Cause he says what's on his mind.
76. 'Cause "Holy ****, the monkey's are talking!"
77. 'Cause he's private.
78. 'Cause he's self-deprecating.
79. 'Cause he helps people with their bags on the subway train!
80. 'Cause he's great friends with Paul Wesley!
81. 'Cause he's in support of Arts Education in Public Schools!
82. 'Cause he stands up for what he believes in.
83. 'Cause he lobbied congress in support of rescuing a little boy from Uganda via Invisible Children.
84. 'Cause he runs workshops for inner city youth.
85. 'Cause he spoke at the Democratic National Convention next to Maya Angelou!














Our Favorite Ryan FanFiction Stories

1. Seventeen
2. The Hart Break
3. Fathers and Sons
4. A Hard Knock Life
5. The Chino
6. The Reno
7. Last Summer
8. Bad Behavior
9. Heading For Disaster
10. Hangin' Tough
11. Hello, Ryan!
12. Facing the Past
13. Fading
14. Best of Intentions
15. The Lesson
16. The Choice
17. A Week Before Cohen
18. Bang
19. Laying Flowers







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Reasons We LOVE Ryan::
1. Because he gave the show heart.
2. Because he's a kid with the soul of an adult.
3. Because he couldn't change where he was from, but he changed where he was going.
4. Because he was such sweet, caring, protective boyfriend!
5. Because we love that slow, gentle Ryan Atwood love making!
6. Because he's sexy with tools in his hands.
7. Because nobody looks better in a wifebeater.
8. Because we love those deep, soulful dark blue eyes.
9. Because he looks sexy in a construction workers outfit.
10. Because he was self-aware and always looking to improve himself.
11. Because he can say a lot without even having to speak.
12. Because he saves it for when it counts.
13. Because we love his deadpan humor.
14. Because nobody glares better than Ryan Atwood.
15. Because do not insult Journey!
16. Because he's proof that chivalry is not dead.
17. Because he knows how to treat a woman.
18. Because peaches are his favorite fruit.
19. Because he's a loyal friend.
20. Because we love guys who play soccer.
21. Because he did musicals and Snoopy was always our favorite from Charlie Brown.
22. Because you know what he liked about rich kids? *BAM* Nothing!
23. Because he always put family first.
24. Because we love his shy demeanor.
25. Because he can kick some ass.
26. Because punching the bag was his therapy.
27. Because we love Kid Chino and his fists of fury.
28. Because he was a dedicated student.
29. Because UC Berkeley is our dream school.
30. Because we love angry!Ryan.
31. Because the Cohens couldn't have asked for a better foster son.
32. Because he always tried to do the right thing even when it hurt.
33. Because he was willing to make sacrifices for others.
34. Because he put up with Dawn Atwood and her abusive boyfriends for all those years.
35. Because despite everything that happened, he still loved his brother, Trey.
36. Because he forgave his dad.
37. Because he has a good poker face.
38. Because he's a good hustler and a great bluffer.
39. Because he challenged Caleb to a pool match and won.
40. Because he was afraid of heights.
41. Because he likes Steven Segal.
42. Because he was a great listener.
43. Because we love his pragmaticism.
44. Because we want a spin-off of The OC featuring Ryan and his bunny, Flapjacks.
45. Because he doesn't use drugs or alcohol to deal with his problems.
46. Because when others would have given up, he chose to overcome adversity.
47. Because he exemplifies what it means to persevere.
48. Because he's not afraid to die.
49. Because he's strong and courageous.
50. Because it was hard for him to unload on people, but with time he learned to open up.
51. Because his half smile makes our hearts melt.
52. Because every time he caressed one of his girlfriends, we wished it was us.
53. Because he's manly!
54. Because we love seeing how much he evolved on the show.
55. Because he liked his coffee black and his cereal dry.
56. Because he was wounded, and Summer could save him!
57. Because he loved math and physics.
58. Because he loved to read.
59. Because he used running as a means to relax and cope with his problems.
60. Because he loves to stay in shape!
61. Because even the Nana thought he was hot!
62. Because he looks hot running on the beach.
63. Because what girl wouldn't want those strong arms wrapped around them?
64. Because who could resist those puppy dog eyes?
65. Because he mentored a troubled youth just as Sandy had mentored him.
66. Because he's selfless and thoughtful.
67. Because he's deep.










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Old 01-19-2012, 03:22 PM
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I hope you guys are okay with this title! If you're not, I can always change it.

I've finally uploaded Ben's scenes from S4 episode 1 of Southland for whoever is interested:

Part 1: https://rapidshare.com/files/7284752..._Sherman_1.wmv

Part 2: https://rapidshare.com/files/2285371..._Sherman_2.wmv

If those links don't let you download it, then PM me and I'll get it to you.

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I'd like to see these scenes
I've posted the links!

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he looks good in the new candids, i like his hair atm

i don't watch southland but thought i would post some stuff i saw on tumblr

Thanks for the art, Tammy. Yeah, his hair looks good at the moment.

Also, if you're interested in just seeing Ben, I've uploaded his scenes from the first episode of S4 of Southland. If you don't like the show, you can just watch his scenes this way if you'd like. He's very good in it.

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Ben McKenzie spotted at the Lakers game in Los Angeles.Monday January 16, 2012.













@ben_mckenzie, @cudlitz and @shawnhatosy LIVE on set with @GDLA this morning discussing #SouthLAnd premiere twitpic.com/88gx6o

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@Uneek_Mo Hubby with @ben_mckenzie & @ShawnHatosy from SOUTHLAND! :-) So jealous!!

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This cap I just posted is from the episode though. His hair is fantastic. He looks like he could be in an old western. That's hot.
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My thoughts about tonight's episode of Southland (S4 episode 1):

-Love love love the dynamic between Ben and Sammy. They feel like buddies, and I love the banter. The chemistry between Ben and Shawn feels so natural.

-Ben had some awesome lines! And considering he already says so much without talking, now it's like double the awesome acting. I love that now he's getting awesome dialogue too. "My Uncle Sig gets more action than that an he's on dialysis."

-"Let's go, baby!" LOVE the way he said that - cocking his gun.

-"Yeah, well hopefully by then you'll be working security at Rite Aid so..."

-Loved the scene where Sammy says, "I almost shot you in the head."

-Loved the mom in that scene with Cooper and Tang. "It's going to take Jesus and two more white folks to keep me from kicking your ass!"

-Ben is amazing in action and chase scenes. He's so athletic, and I love the intense look on his face when he was in the backyard in that rugged LA neighborhood when chasing down the sexual assaulter.

-Loved Ben vs Ferguson. What tension! I love how Ben is still noble and idealistic, yet we can still see his flaws bubbling underneath. It makes him such a complex character.

-I laughed so hard when Ferguson called Ben "Dhali Lama with a gun"

-Wow, what tension between Ben and Cooper! Ben's face showed a mixture of hurt, sadness, and disappointment. Sammy was funny though. "I almost teared up watching that reunion."

-Lydia's storyline was sad, but Regina King is an amazinig actress.

-LOVED when Ben was helping that guy who was bleeding out. It really shows a lot about who he is as a person.

-Love the tension in the lockeroom. I can't believe Ferguson slammed Ben against a mirror and broke it!

-During the shoot out at the police station, I loved how Ben had Sammy's back. "Hey Bryant, Bryant are you alright?" And when they were outside and Sammy was puking, he again asked him if he's okay and Sammy asked him if he's okay. Then Sammy confesses that he pissed his pants, and Ben admits that he did too.

-The tape with Tang is heartbreaking.

-"I guess she finally got to see the ocean." Poor Lydia.

-As for the shallow... Ben's hair was AWESOME and he looked good, though I could see some bags under his eyes in some scenes. He looks fairly thin to me. I think he's lost weight. Sammy actually looked good without his shirt on. I admit I'm not a fan of Cooper's body though.

So those are my thoughts.



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Tftnt!

Rapid share still works?? Megavideo and mega upload and videobb are dead!
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It does for now. I know megaupload is dead because I tried to use it to upload the videos.

Did you get the videos to download or do you need me to PM you, Zain?

New pictures with fans and some cast:




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I did enjoy the first episode of Southland. Though it is a lot different then what I had anticipated. The show is a lot more documentary like. It's kind of like watching cops but more dramatic and more in depth into each cops life. It's a lot grungier then I though it would be (I hope that makes sense). None of this things are bad by any means, I just didn't expect it to be this....HBO'ish. Theres a lot that I need to catch up on, a lot I didn't get. Being that this is my first season watching I guess that would be expected. I'm not sure how I feel about Ben Sherman just yet, but I am def intrigued and can't wait until the next episode.

I love Ben's sense of humor though. I also love how he seems so passionate about his job. He seems like he has a really good heart...good morals.
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I did enjoy the first episode of Southland. Though it is a lot different then what I had anticipated. The show is a lot more documentary like. It's kind of like watching cops but more dramatic and more in depth into each cops life. It's a lot grungier then I though it would be (I hope that makes sense).
It makes plenty of sense, and you are completely right. It's also kind of like a cross between The Wire, The Shield, and Adam's 12 but with its own flare to it. What I've noticed with Southland is, people either love it or don't care for it. The people who love it are all diehard, loyal fans and there are probably about 3 million of them. But yeah, the actual cases on the show are random and documentary like, but the characters are very complex and fleshed out and they each have an in depth personal story that goes back to the first episode of the series. The storyline for each individual cop builds on itself with each episode.

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None of this things are bad by any means, I just didn't expect it to be this....HBO'ish.
I'm so glad it's HBO'ish. It screams out "Adults Only!" when you watch the show. I love that. It's such an adult show and a far cry from The OC, which even though I love - is for teenagers mostly. I guess I'm at an age where I'm starting to appreciate shows like Southland more than The OC, which I possibly shouldn't say because I'm a mod for The OC board, but I've always preferred the more mature shows although The OC will always have a little place in my heart. This is why I think it was an incredible career choice for Ben. He is no longer thought of as "that kid from The OC." His character is so different on Southland, and he has managed to completely separate himself from his teen drama past. I even know a lot of diehard OC fans who admit they don't see Ryan when watching Southland. They see Sherman.

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Theres a lot that I need to catch up on, a lot I didn't get. Being that this is my first season watching I guess that would be expected. I'm not sure how I feel about Ben Sherman just yet, but I am def intrigued and can't wait until the next episode.
He's an interesting character who I think you will like. Would you like to see a video I made about him that will help fill you in on some of his background? It's a touching video I think. If you do, here's the link:



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I love Ben's sense of humor though. I also love how he seems so passionate about his job. He seems like he has a really good heart...good morals.
Sherman does have a great sense of humor, and he's definitately passionate about his job with decent morals (in terms of trying to help people) and a good heart. He is also extremely flawed: sleeping around, drinking, lying sometimes, sometimes crossing the line at work and doing things he isn't supposed to do, and also he is a bit cocky and hotheaded and has a troubled family background, which led him to become a cop in the first place - rebelling against a douchebag father who represents everything he disdains and trying to protect his dysfunctional mothers and sisters from rape and violence . What I love most about Sherman is how easy he is to relate to. He also represents that idealistic and noble guy who starts a career and still thinks he can change the world because he's not yet jaded, yet when he finds that things aren't how he thought they would be, he starts to question what he thought was right and McKenzie does a beautiful job of showing us this constant struggle - trying to hold onto your beliefs when faced with challenging new situations that contradict them. When should we make the compromise? Should we ever give into the system? It's fascinating really.
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It makes plenty of sense, and you are completely right. It's also kind of like a cross between The Wire, The Shield, and Adam's 12 but with its own flare to it.
I have never seen any of those shows, only because they have never really sparked my interest. It's not that I'm only into "teenage" type shows, but I never had an interest in Cop/Investigatey type shows. (until Southland of course) Actually, the only other "cop" show I do watch faithfully is Bones. But Bones is nothing like Southland.

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His character is so different on Southland, and he has managed to completely separate himself from his teen drama past. I even know a lot of diehard OC fans who admit they don't see Ryan when watching Southland. They see Sherman.
I agree. I can't see Ryan Atwood at all.


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He's an interesting character who I think you will like. Would you like to see a video I made about him that will help fill you in on some of his background? It's a touching video I think. If you do, here's the link:.
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Sherman does have a great sense of humor, and he's definitately passionate about his job with decent morals (in terms of trying to help people) and a good heart. He is also extremely flawed: sleeping around, drinking, lying sometimes, sometimes crossing the line at work and doing things he isn't supposed to do, and also he is a bit cocky and hotheaded
I can't wait to see more of this! I'm really looking forward to seeing McKenzie potray this in his character Sherman.
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I have never seen any of those shows, only because they have never really sparked my interest. It's not that I'm only into "teenage" type shows, but I never had an interest in Cop/Investigatey type shows. (until Southland of course) Actually, the only other "cop" show I do watch faithfully is Bones. But Bones is nothing like Southland.
I hope you weren't offended by what I said. When I mentioned teen dramas, I didn't mean it in a bad way. How could I, you know? I, myself, like teen dramas and so do a lot of people who are not teenagers. A lot of them are good shows, especially The OC.

All I meant was that after a while, I started craving something a bit more mature than those shows as well. I truly hope you didn't take offense to it.

I like Bones. It's a good show. And that's understandable that crime/investigatory shows don't usually spark your interest. I feel that way about medical shows, in fact. But it's great that you like Southland, and that you are so supportive of Ben's career!

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Ryan may be my favorite TV character, but I think it's a wonderful thing when an actor is able to play a completely different character on a different type of show.

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Me too!

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I hope you weren't offended by what I said. When I mentioned teen dramas, I didn't mean it in a bad way. How could I, you know? I, myself, like teen dramas and so do a lot of people who are not teenagers. A lot of them are good shows, especially The OC.
Nope TC, I wasn't offended at all! No worries sweetie I'm not ashamed that at 24 I still love teen dramas.

Seriously though, I totally understood what you were saying hun
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i haven't seen southland yet, so i'm not reading any this (until later), but thanks for the new thread TC.
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The OC is listed on best tv dramas ever. But I totally disagree that Ryan was outshined by Seth. I found their opinion on Ryan and Ben to be unfair.
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Thanks for the link, Zain. While I don't agree with their comment, it is their opinion, which they are entitled to.

I don't think Seth stole every scene he was in (he was great, but to say that I think is overrating him), but they have the right to say what they want to say. For others, Ryan was a more interesting character than Seth and some people think Ben McKenzie is a better actor than Adam Brody while others think Adam Brody was a better actor than Ben McKenzie.

When judging these things, it's usually all subjective. If someone relates to Seth, then it makes sense that they will like him more. If someone connects with Ryan, then it makes sense that they will like him better than Seth and pay more attention to him. Ben is very subtle so you have to pay close attention to his little nuances and all the little things he puts into the character. If you don't, then you'll miss what he's trying to do, but he was wonderful in his role - but if someone watches the show from the standpoint of just wanting to be entertained, they are not going to pay attention to what he was trying to do and that is understandable. He is the kind of actor that is mostly appreciated by fans who watched the show for a deeper reason - wanting to analyze the characters.

I do appreciate objectivity, and I have seen diehard Adam Brody fans give Ben McKenzie enormous praise for his wonderful portrayal on The OC, even though they weren't Ryan fans. But unforunately, a lot of people don't know how to be objective. If someone is being completely honest, they are both good actors and neither outshined the other really. They each just attracted completely different audiences. The author of the article seems to think that his opinion represents the general public's opinion, and I don't think that's necessarily true.

I don't think Ben McKenzie is worried about any of that right now though. What matters is that right now, he is one of the stars of an Emmy award winning, critically acclaimed show. He could care less about this random guy's opinion I'm sure.

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i haven't seen southland yet, so i'm not reading any this (until later), but thanks for the new thread TC.
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I think the Seth/Ryan divide is as simple as a preference for comedy or drama or as you as said who one relates to more. For me, I'm not against drama but I saw so much of myself in Seth and then his humour, so he had to be my favourite of the two. But having said that sometimes people like characters just because it's the gut reaction. I think when you first like a character or a couple it's kind of a gut thing, that's how it's for me in most cases. After that you realise all the reasons why and it becomes justified.

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I think most articles of that kind - listing things - are written like that, it's just to make the opinion seem more confident. So I wouldn't take it to heart
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most people just find reasons to justify their opinion. you don't need a reason to like someone, but you almost always need a reason if you dislike someone. because people ask and then you think about all the "annoying/wrong" things the character did in your eyes. and you tend to be a lot more generous with your own favorite.
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