The Boys of Summer

Get the skinny on Ewan McGregor, Matt Damon and 10 others who are heating up movie screens this season. By Emily Fromm and Caryn Midler

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EWAN MCGREGOR, 34

EWAN MCGREGOR, 34
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Hometown: Perthshire, Scotland
Current gig: Playing a rebellious clone in the sci-fi thriller The Island
Relationship status: Married to Eve Mavrakis, with two kids
Easy rider: McGregor took a 20,000-mile motorcycle trip for last year's Bravo series Long Way Round. The toughest patch? Mongolia. "There were no roads there, just gravel," he says. "But we ploughed on, and I'm glad we did."

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MATT DAMON, 34

MATT DAMON, 34
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Hometown: Cambridge, Mass.
Current gig: Playing a con artist in The Brothers Grimm
Relationship status: Dates Luciana Barroso
Lucky strike: "On the Brothers Grimm (set) in Prague, a lot of us on the crew went bowling every weekend," Damon says. "You don't really have to be good at bowling to go do it. It's more about people just getting together and having a good time."

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OWEN WILSON, 36

OWEN WILSON, 36
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Hometown: Dallas
Current gig: Wooing bridesmaids in the comedy Wedding Crashers
Relationship status: Single
First job: "I was a pool cleaner, and I had an idea from Playboy or Penthouse Forum that I was going to be fending the ladies off with a stick. Sadly, that never came to pass. I think that's what I was thinking when I took the job."

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TERRENCE HOWARD, 36

TERRENCE HOWARD, 36
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Hometown: Cleveland
Current gig: Starring as a pimp who wants to be a rapper in the buzzed-about indie Hustle amp Flow
Relationship status: Married to Lori Howard, with three kids
Secret skill: He makes his own clothes! "I can sew," he says. "My stepmother taught me well, and I just come up with my own designs, and then cut the patterns and put them together."

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JOHNNY KNOXVILLE, 34

JOHNNY KNOXVILLE, 34
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Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
Current gig: Playing Luke Duke in the big-screen remake of The Dukes of Hazzard
Relationship status: Married to Melanie Clapp, with one daughter
Weak spot: "My ankles are really bad," he's said – a holdover from his stunts on MTV's Jackass. "I'll be walking down the street and they'll just give out – boom! – like at a 90-degree angle."

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IOAN GRUFFUDD, 31

IOAN GRUFFUDD, 31
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Hometown: Cardiff, Wales
Current gig: Extending himself as the ultra-stretchy Mr. Fantastic in Fantastic Four
Relationship status: Dates actress Alice Evans
Humble hunk: "I think girls first notice my smile and my big nose," says the 5'11" actor. But he's not too modest to dream of playing the world's most famous lover: "Romeo," he says. "It's a major goal."

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JAMES FRANCO, 27

JAMES FRANCO, 27
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Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.
Current gig: Portraying real-life hero Capt. Robert Prince in the World War II drama The Great Raid
Relationship status: Single
Renaissance man: Franco, who won a Golden Globe in 2001 for his portrayal of James Dean in a TNT biopic, paints abstract acrylics for fun. "It's nice, an art form that doesn't require 100 to 200 other people," he says.

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SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT, 28

SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT, 28
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Hometown: Cottage Grove, Minn.
Current gig: Playing Bo Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard
Relationship status: Single
Worst date: "I went to get sushi with this super-hot girl," he says. "I never had sushi before. I tried one piece and right away I knew there was something wrong. I basically barfed all over her."

09 of 12

ANDRE BENJAMIN, 30

ANDRE BENJAMIN, 30
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Hometown: Atlanta
Current gig: Playing one of a quartet of foster brothers bent on avenging their mother's death in the drama Four Brothers
Relationship status: Single
Awkward phase: "I used to hate my nose and my lips," says Benjamin, a.k.a. OutKast's Andre 3000, of his high-school days. "I wasn't the ugly duckling, but I just wasn't in the cool, hip in-crowd."

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JESSE BRADFORD, 26

JESSE BRADFORD, 26
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Hometown: Norwalk, Conn.
Current gig: Playing a slippery wannabe filmmaker opposite Lisa Kudrow in the ensemble drama Happy Endings
Relationship status: Has a girlfriend
Sugar daddy: Bradford's biggest vice? "Eating sweets," he told InStyle. "I like frozen yogurt blended with chocolate, creamy peanut butter and bananas. It's just amazing. I'm a big fan of Tootsie Rolls too."

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JOSH LUCAS, 34

JOSH LUCAS, 34
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Hometown: Gig Harbor, Wash.
Current gig: Starring as a Navy pilot opposite Jamie Foxx in Stealth
Relationship status: Single
Family ties: ''My parents were hard-core anti-nuclear activists,'' he's said. ''My father would do things like strap himself to the tracks to stop a train that was carrying plutonium. He sheltered other families, and we would move every six months."

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BENJAMIN BRATT, 41

BENJAMIN BRATT, 41
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Hometown: San Francisco
Current gig: Playing Lt. Col. Mucci in The Great Raid
Relationship status: Married to actress Talisa Soto
True romance: After his four-year relationship with Julia Roberts ended, Bratt married Soto in 2002. "It has been very quiet and low-key, which has suited us both," he's said. They have a daughter, Sophia, 2, and another baby due this fall.

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