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Matt Dillon Loves Being a Sex Symbol

Matt Dillon seems like he has been around forever. He did his first movie, Over the Edge, when he was only fourteen and he's had a steady film career ever since. After starring in films like The Outsiders and Tex he became a poster boy for the 80s. At the time he said he hated having that label placed upon him, but now that he's in his 40's he's ready to embrace it. Here's more:

QUESTION: You don't seem to have aged in twenty years. You look the same. Was there a period when you were getting type cast as the pretty boy and you couldn't get the meatier roles? Basically, do you hate being a pin up boy?

MATT DILLON: You know it's funny when I was younger I hated it. I hated being called a sex symbol. Now I love it! (Laughs) Bring it on! I don't think I really do look exactly the same.

QUESTION: You're a man now.

MATT DILLON: Exactly. I don't look exactly the same.

QUESTION: What is your secret for staying so young?

MATT DILLON: It's like a two fold thing. There's the physical stuff and then there's the internal stuff. For me, I try to physically stay in shape, and what I mean is that I'm not that consistent but you just don't let yourself go. Some people get to a certain point and they let themselves go.

Well, it doesn't look like Matt will be letting himself go anytime soon. Now if we can only get him back in those muscle shirts he used to wear in the 80s. So lame and yet so hot at the same time! For more pics just











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UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I like Matt. His voice is especially hot. And I like his philosophy about taking care of your body in a moderate way; not slack off, but not go to an extreme either.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
Maybe he's handsome (although he does nothing for me personally), but I wouldn't go so far as to call him a sex symbol.
popculture-whore popculture-whore 10 years
well, i think he has good looks, but he's not hot to me. mmm.. maybe in the 80s though. i could see his appeal.
sweetnsour sweetnsour 10 years
Wow...totally grew up in the 80's...totally missed the "Matt Dillon Sex Symbol Memo". If anyone has a copy... Anyway-I suppose he doesn't look bad, but sex symbol/hot/mentionably attractive would be pushing it for me! Interestingly, my last text msg from a friend before she left for the Peace Corp. was "Matt Dillon is on my plane"...That was cool!
arista arista 10 years
Yeah, he's not really what I'd call a sex symbol now, but my God, as Dally in The Outsiders, YUM. I still love that movie, and I still love him as Dally. As someone else mentioned, he still does have a sexy voice.
velvetgoldmine velvetgoldmine 10 years
I'm with cravinsugar. I think of those big veneers his character got in "There's Something About Mary" and just giggle at the idea of him being a sex symbol. Ewwwwwwwwwwww.
DulceSkye DulceSkye 10 years
Definitely an age thing! For those of us who were kids in the 80's...we still find him sexy, because he was back then. I still find Rob Lowe and the guy from the Princess Bride hot! LOL I think Matt Dillon has aged well.
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 10 years
Oh, he's ready to embrace it, now that he's definitely NOT considered a sex-symbol. That's rich. He was hot, back in the day -- and his voice remains very sexy. But, no; he's certainly no sex symbol by current standards (according to popular opinion, I'd think).
teddybear teddybear 10 years
I thought he was a badboy heart throb when I was about 5 but now I think he's goofy.
LoneWolf LoneWolf 10 years
I've also realized from being a part of this online community that people have REALLY different types. I thought some things were universal, but then someone will pan someone and I'm like, "What???? He's hot!" And then someone will gush all over someone else, and I'm like, "What???? He's just all kinds of ew."
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
sex symbol? :rotfl: I'd take Skeet Ulrich waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay before this dude!!
LoneWolf LoneWolf 10 years
I think it's an age thing. If you were a young teen while watching him in The Outsiders (like I was), he was totally the dreamy one. The rebel. So it sticks with you, I think. It's like all those girls who still think that the NKOTB are hot. Or Backstreet Boys (for the younger posters). They're your 'first' celebrity crushes, so you always remember them fondly.
Adriana42 Adriana42 10 years
ew thanks but no thanks...i'll take David Beckham :)
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
I grew up watching him and I don't think I ever found him hot. Greasy, kinda sleazy, talented, but not hot. Plus he inspired that drink where you pour the bar mat that catches all the excess alcohol all night along with some scum more than likely..pour it into a shot glass and dare someone to drink it. anyone want a Matt Dillion?
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
agreed on the voice!
notoriousrem_22 notoriousrem_22 10 years
i think he's hott and i love his voice... "stay far from timid, only make moves when your hearts in it and live the phrase sky's the limit."
mandyjean mandyjean 10 years
because when i think sex i think matt dillon...? i think not.
jmast jmast 10 years
Wow, I feel old. But I have to say that in the 80's he was HOT! He was the teen me. I think that's what the interviewer was referring to. We didn't have that many hot actors like there are now. We had him, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio, Corey Haim..haaaaaaa I'm hysterical just thinking about me it seems like slim pickings now but back then they were hot..LOL!!!!!
Starbrite Starbrite 10 years
I could listen to his voice all day long.
sashak sashak 10 years
yeah, he was dead sexy as a greaser in the Outsiders... I didn't realize that he is forty. He looks good for his age
shortsugar shortsugar 10 years
"i don't think i look exactly the same" - lol sex symbol? tell that to cameron...oh wait she is dating JT oh jk matt, we loved you in dupree.... ick i couldn't stand that movie.
gagirl gagirl 10 years
He really doesn't do it for me now but when he played Dally in The Outsiders.....OMG. He was so fine. Sorry but I still love that movie to this day.
paigesweetkisses paigesweetkisses 10 years
:sick: not a sex symbol
tra tra 10 years
I definitely don't think he's a sex symbol. Yuck! But I do have to say, wearing those big, black sunglasses, he's kind of can't see the weird eyes and all of that huge forehead.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Okay, so maybe I haven't seen the right roles, but I think of him in There's something about Mary and am like, cute? um, no. I'm all in.
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