Film's Pretty Boys Fall Short at the Box Office

Brad Pitt in 'Troy'

Critic Elvis Mitchell says Brad Pitt is better served by character-actor parts than in lead roles like his Achilles in Troy. Warner Bros. hide caption

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A slew of new movies star some of Hollywood's most handsome male leads, from Ocean's 12 to Alfie. But the actors' movie-star looks are often failing to translate into success with film audiences. Hear NPR's Scott Simon and New York Times critic Elvis Mitchell.

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