Years ago, as if in a long, long time ago, I used to watch a syndicated television show called “Snowy River: The McGregor Saga.” The show was on whatever ABC Family used to be. I think the name was Fox Family – but don’t quote me on that. Sorry, but the many names the Family channel has undergone is not something I kept in my brain’s memory files.
But I watched this series. An old boyfriend introduced me to the Snowy River movies and that’s what caught my interest. It took a few episodes in (okay, perhaps a whole season) before I realized the series had nothing to do with the movies. By then though, I was hooked.
In large part due to one Rob McGregor. Let’s just say, it was love at first sight for me. The feelings weren’t reciprocated but I forgive him since he never saw me. You know, being a character on tv, and all. It didn’t stop me from making big plans for Rob played by Guy Pearce. Let me just cut to the gist of my plans and say, we were going to get married and live happily ever after. Not in a stalkerish way. It was more of a daydreaming-instead-of-paying-attention-in-class sort of way. You don’t need to know how old I was at the time. It’s not important to the story.
So anyway, I had big plans for Guy. Except I’m going to refer to him as his character since really it was his character I was in love with. Guy just shared Rob’s face. Let’s call him Handsome Rob (nod to Italian Job) for the rest of this piece. Handsome and an Australian accent? Oh yeah. Now you’re connecting the dots, aren’t you?
The show went off the air and that ended my marriage dreams. I figured I’d never see him again. What are the odds that a foreign actor from a syndicated television show that played on the Family channel would ever be heard from again?
Years later I went to see The Count of Monte Cristo. Who played the villain? None other than my Handsome Rob. Except he wasn’t quite as fresh-faced and handsome anymore. Apparently, after the series ended he had been quite the busy man. His big break seems to have been in LA Confidential. But he’s been working steadily in Hollywood ever since. I don’t watch rated R movies so I don’t keep up with his resume. He just pops up occasionally in a movie I’m watching. “Oh look,” I say usually to myself, “there’s my Handsome Rob.”
It looks like he found his niche with villains. At least, that’s when I see him. His latest entry in the field is playing opposite Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man 3. All traces of my Handsome Rob are now quite hidden. The worst part, his characters don’t even speak with an Australian accent.
The good news, he succeeded in every single one of my daydream plans. Good for him! The bad news, I was supposed to be with him during all this success. Boo for him! Really Handsome Rob, not cool.