"I got a little pissed off," the Horrible Bosses 2 star tells Jimmy Kimmel after Chris Hemsworth was named

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated November 19, 2014 04:30 AM
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Tailored suit rented. Check. Hair extensions attached. Check. And booked on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night, for the big reveal of PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive.

So, why wouldn’t Jason Bateman think he was going to be anointed the title? After all, he’s even done the requisite shirtless scenes in movies.

Except, the honor and all the attention went instead to Chris Hemsworth, and Bateman was, well, upset.

Perhaps “upset” doesn’t really describe him. “I got a little pissed off,” he admitted.

To ease his guest’s disappointment, host Kimmel suggested the Horrible Bosses 2 star go ahead and read his acceptance speech, which Bateman just happened to still have in the pocket of his tailored suit, though wrinkled and torn in half (the speech, not the suit).

Holding back tears – after first explaining that it “started out with a ‘Wow’ and an exclamation point” – Bateman read, in part: “I did not expect this at all. This is a huge honor. I want to thank you all so much. Growing up sexy was not easy for me. I always felt different from everyone else. Well, not different. Just sexy, I guess.”

Allowing that the audience laughter wasn’t helping with his grief, Bateman nonetheless continued, and acknowledged his parents’ efforts in bringing him to this plateau in life.

“Mom and Dad, thank you for being so sexy that you wanted to have sex and make me, ‘Jason Bateman, the Sexiest Man Alive,’ ” he said. “I’m honestly not sure I could have gone on had I been overlooked again this year. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

For the full speech, please watch the clip above.

And better luck next year, Jason.

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