Is beefcake cinema back in action?
The TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre is showing Schwarzenegger/Stallone: The Rise of Beefcake Cinema, to mark the era of the super-buff, superhuman action hero. Whatever happened to the beefcake? In recent times we’ve had regular guy (and gal), heroes such as Liam Neeson kicking everyone’s butt in Taken, and Helen Mirren with a semi-automatic in Red. But perhaps this summer, we’re seeing a resurgence of the meat-head with the gang in The Expendables 2, Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, Captain America and Thor in The Avengers. But are they here to stay? (Illustration by Steve Murray)