Introducing ‘The Legion of Dudes’ — The Seven Men Every Guy Wants to Hang Out With
A while back we asked readers to help us make some very important decisions — and you came through big time.
Every man has his core group of friends, each member with their own specific reason for being in the group. There’s the funny guy, the smart guy, and the straw that stirs the drink. We were on a mission to assemble the greatest group of male celebrities, athletes, musicians and renaissance men on Earth to form the ultimate ‘Legion of Dudes,’ and you’ve chosen them for us. We knew we could trust you.
If there's anyone we'd trust to steer us toward adventurous food, it's a man with 'No Reservations.' From the beginning of this contest, it was clear that this would be an easy victory for Anthony. In the end he cleaned up with over 45% of your votes, proving that you agree.
Anthony is the author of Kitchen Confidential: Adventure in the Culinary Underbelly, a book detailing all the nitty gritty --and sometimes disgusting -- idiosyncrasies of the restaurant world. He went on to host 'No Reservations' a wildly popular TV show that sends him around the world to eat, drink, and schmooze with the locals. We're hoping this means we get to tag along next time. Road trip?
Louis C.K. is arguably the best active comedian on tour, so we're not surprised that he pulled in over 30% of your votes, making him the Legion's resident wiseass.
His self-deprecating and observational stand-up routines and his self-modeled characters in 'Lucky Louie' and 'Louie' are proof positive that he'd be the perfect comic relief when things get a little intense, and we're proud to welcome him to the Legion.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
With nearly 40% of the votes, Neil was an easy pick for The Legion's Renaissance Man.
Every group needs a resident genius and jack-of-all-trades, and Neil began giving lectures on science at the tender age of 15, when the rest of us were chasing girls and challenging each other to milk-chugging contests.
A Harvard University alumni, Tyson has published several popular astronomy books and held positions at many universities. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.
He's also a frequent guest on ‘The Daily Show,’ and ‘The Colbert Report,' and we wouldn't mind adding John Stewart and Stephen Colbert to the Legion's waiting list.
Judging by his landslide victory, it's clear that you think Bear Grylls has what it takes to be the Legion's Last Man Standing, and we don't disagree. A true survivalist, Bear has conquered the Himalayan Mountains and surfaced on the other side as a full-blown ninja, so we're thinking he could handle whatever we throw at him. The host of ‘Man vs. Wild’ gets paid to brave some pretty intense terrain, subsisting on a diet of snakes and urine, while using a dead sheep as a sleeping bag.
Plus, anyone who can survive a free fall from 16,000 feet when his parachute fails, and 18 months later be recovered enough to become the youngest person to ever climb Everest is the man for this job, for sure. We'll probably just need a solid DD, but in this economy being overqualified is never a bad thing.
Every group of dudes needs a tough guy to scare away trouble, and you voted Jason to be ours. We feel safer already.
His stone-faced scowl, shaved head and square jaw make Jason Statham the kind of guy no one wants to mess with. It always helps to have a dude in your group willing to attempt something no one else will, and we know we can count on Jason, so we're stoked that he's been elected to be the Legion's muscle.
We probably didn't even need to take a vote for this one; it's almost too obvious. The king of partying hard got nearly half of your votes, and we're proud to welcome him into the Legion of Dudes. When it's time to party, he will party hard.
This man is responsible for a good chunk of our college party music playlist. He's amped on life, plays a pizza-shaped guitar, and is constantly covered in blood for some undisclosed reason.
12 years after the release of the epic album 'I Get Wet' A.W.K. is still known as the man who can bring the party enthusiasm; so much so that he has found a career in motivational speaking, and is part owner of Santos Party House; an 8,000 sq. ft. party house/music venue in Tribeca, New York. Not only can he bring the party, but he can host it.
Neil Patrick Harris
A group of dudes like this needs a cool-headed leader, who can steer the bro-ship toward awesome, and we can't think of a better leader than the all-knowing Dr. Doogie Howser/Barney Stinson.
Plus, the guy can sing and dance. Is there a role NPH couldn't play? Even if he isn't really Barney Stinson, he could at least pass off some wisdom about passing yourself off as Barney Stinson, and that's valuable on it's own.
We're ready, Neil; lead us.