Wednesday, 9 April 2008

13 Things About Raoul Bova

Welcome one and all to this week's Thursday Thirteen:
13 Things about Raoul Bova.

Why Raoul? Because the ladies love him, that's why. And I have pics to share. Those are all the reasons I need, thanks.

Raoul, all bundled up, in Predator vs. Alien. This is the last time you'll see so many clothes on him, here. I promise.

Besides, he provides quite a bit of, erm... Inspiration, for the writers I know. So, let's jump on in!

1) He was born August 14, 1971. (Which makes him one month younger than me... So he has to do what I tell him to, right? Heh, heh...)

2) At the age of 16 he won the Italian swimming championship of the 100 meters backstroke competing for the team S.S. Lazio, the oldest and most important sport club in Europe.

Splish, splash!

Mmmm... Backstroke...

3) At the age of 21, he performed his military duty in the Italian army's "Bersaglieri" (sharpshooters) corps. (Now there's an image, eh?)

Imagine these eyes sighting down a gun... I hate violence, I deplore guns, but still...!

4) He studied at the Italian Institute of Physical Education. (I could say so many things here...)

5) He was born in Rome. Naturally, he considers himself Roman and feels that he couldn't live anywhere else (a common Italian trait, of course). However, his parents are from southern Italy - his father is from Reggio Calabria and his mother is from Napoli.

Mamma's baby is alllll grown up...

6) He lost 14 kilos (31 lbs!) to portray Saint Francis in Francesco (2002) and named his second son, Francesco, after the Saint.

7) Before becoming an actor, he took an exam to enter in the "Carabinieri", the Italian military police but was refused. (Thank goodness! Though he'd have looked damn good in those uniforms...)

Well, he looks good in white, also...

8) He occasionally plays soccer with the "Nazionale Italiana attori" in charity matches.

9) Raoul made a nude artistic calendar in 2000 for the Italian magazine Max. (Oh, yes, indeed... And verily, we are thankful...)

10) His favorite writers are Paulo Coelho and Luis SepĂșlveda. (Wow! They're two of my favorites, too! Good taste, there, Raoul.)

11) He is good friends with actors George Clooney and Alessandro Gassman.

(I personally enjoy this little factoid. Why? I like to picture Raoul hanging out with this:

and this:

and all the fun that could follow, if only in my head. Yes, I know. I'm a sick, sick woman... But y'all can thank me later... Heh, heh.)

12) Raoul, coming from Radulf, derives from the Germanic elements rad meaning "counsel" and wulf meaning "wolf".


13) He has been known to say that had he not gone into acting, he would have opened his own sports club and been a physical education instructor. (Imagine that... having this -

- as your trainer... Yeah, I'm winded just contemplating it.)

And, oh, heck, here's one last one!

Do what you will with it, ladies (and know who you are)!



Alice Audrey said...

I LOVE his back stroke. :)

Adelle said...

Gotta luv a man in a cage lol Happy T13!

Jennifer McKenzie said...

That was AWESOME!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you for the eye candy.
I loved him in Alien Vs. Predator. Am I the only one who loved that movie?
And if you're sick, then so am I.

Heather said... those eyes!

Shelley Munro said...

Wow, thanks for the visual treat! Heather's right - he has very fine eyes...and other things ;-)

Jennifer Shirk said...

Whoa. Good choice!

Gina Ardito said...

Holy moley! That's some serious eye candy. I think my brain has cavities now. Thanks, as always, for spiking my heartbeat. LOL!

Tempest Knight said...

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh... Raoul Bova... He's sooo hot! *drools* What a way to begin the day. ;)

Debora said...

Wowza - thanks for that eye opener! Who needs coffee when you can wake up to that. Great TT!

Debbie Mumford said...

*Be still my beating heart*

What a way to start the day! LOL

Savannah Chase said...

wow baby, it's good to know his name...Soooo sexy....

Pamela said...

Lord have mercy! Thanks for a great start to the day! :)

R.G. ALEXANDER said...

this is my favorite T13-just sayin...

#12 is very inspirational. who am I kidding? They all are.


Sassy Mama Bear said...

Thank you thank you for such beautiful eye candy today!!!
I had fun visiting your TT.
Mine is at The Cafe.
Hope you'll drop by.

Kaige said...

Between your TT and Paige's whooo... it's quite warm in here... ;)

Paige Tyler said...

Very yummy pics!


My TT is at

Morgan St. John said...

oh man.

Chloe Devlin said...

Oh, my. ::fanning self:: That's some... backstroke...

::dumping ice water over head::

He's beautiful!


Jeanne said...

All I can say is:
"Whoa, Baby!"
Give me a Latin lover any day, from Spain or Italy, give me a little amore and amor and I'll be happy! ;~D

Robin L. Rotham said...

Wow, I can't believe I've never heard of him before. He's purty!