'American Gigolo' on Showtime: Fans hail Jon Bernthal's HOT looks in an otherwise hollow drama
'American Gigolo' premiered on Showtime on September 11 and got a mixed bag of reviews all around, but it seems Jon Bernthal has scraped through with no complaints from either the critics or the audiences.
The show follows Julian Kaye 15 years after being arrested for murder and struggling to find his footing in the modern-day Los Angeles sex industry. He seeks the truth about the frame that sent him to prison years ago while also hoping to reconnect with his one true love, Michelle (Gretchen Mol). While the plot hasn't exactly impressed everyone, the main takeaway for viewers seems to be how "sexy" Bernthal looks with his expensive suits on and off. Fans have gone gaga about his looks, even when he’s in prison after a wrongful conviction and when he slithers right out of there again and shaves his mustache off. He oozes charm walking around in a black T-shirt tucked into black trousers. However, it has been observed that there are very few sex scenes for a series about a male escort.
Fans made it a point to appreciate Bernthal's acting, looks, and charm, even though most of them dissed the show. Some have said they saw it only because Bernthal was in it. Either way, it looks like the Bernthal factor is helping the show's viewership numbers.
A fan said, "#americangigolo is already off to a wild start. Gaddamn." Another added, "Anything Jon Bernthal is in, I gotta watch #AmericanGigolo." A fan wrote, "This guy John Bernthal can do it all. The Punisher, We Own This City and now Gigolo. Big night of shows with that, House Of Dragon and City On A Hill. #AmericanGigolo #HouseOfTheDragon." Someone else tweeted, "#AmericanGigolo Child! #jonbernthal is so I said he could get it when I saw him on #TheWalkingDead."
A fan shared, "EPISODE 1 REALLY GOOD ACTING AND JON know he fine #Showtime #americangigolo #jonbernthal." Another commented, "@jonnybernthal is a phenomenal actor every role that man touches is perfection currently watching American Gigolo and he does not disappoint #GOAT #JonBernthal." "The 1st episode was ....I can't wait for the rest of the season!!! #JonBernthal we see you #AmericanGigolo," said a fan. Another mentioned, "I’m watching it again, just to make sure I liked it as much as I thought I did. I do. #AmericanGigolo #JonBernthal." A fan commented, "This man is so hot I’m foaming at the mouth. #JonBernthal #AmericanGigolo."
Anything Jon Bernthal is in, I gotta watch #AmericanGigolo— ; 🌙 ᴍᴏᴛʜᴀ (@Loving_OVOXO) September 11, 2022
This guy John Bernthal can do it all. The Punisher, We Own This City and now Gigolo.— Dan Niles (@DanNilesWrestle) September 12, 2022
Big night of shows with that, House Of Dragon and City On A Hill. #AmericanGigolo #HouseOfTheDragon pic.twitter.com/KLjyL65MNb
While the fan reactions are evidence of Bernthal's magnetic charm, it remains to be seen whether it will hold viewership numbers high until the end of the series.