He fronted CK’s Crave men’s fragrance campaign and modelled the brand’s famous underwear. It has even been suggested by some journalists that Fimmel was the inspiration for Sex and the City heartthrob Smith Jerrod. He played rookie undercover FBI agent Ellis Dove partnered with a hardened veteran cop, Swayze’s Charles Barker. To be filmed in LA and directed by Sarah Siegel-Magness, who co-produced Oscar-nominated Precious, Fimmel will play an intelligent, pot-dealing Grateful Dead fan.
Fimmel appeared on magazine covers including France’s Numero Homme and America’s TV Guide, as well as on high-profile American TV talk shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Sharon Osbourne Show and Live with Regis and Kathie Lee in 2003. Production ceased after 13 episodes due to Swayze’s death from pancreatic cancer”. He has also signed to co-star with Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria (from Desperate Housewives) in the redneck Southern comedy flick The Baytown Disco.
He was named one of the world’s sexiest bachelors by America’s People magazine in 2002. He also made a cameo appearance in the bar scene of a video clip for Janet Jackson’s “Someone to Call My Lover” and played a hunk loading hay onto the back of a pick-up truck in Jennifer Lopez’s “I’m Real” (not to be confused with her song of the same name featuring rapper Ja Rule). Fimmel studied under Hollywood acting coach Ivana Chubbuck, taking two years to pluck up the courage to audition for his first role, saying “half of acting is overcoming your fears letting yourself be vulnerable in front of people”.
He moved to Melbourne in his late teens to play professional AFL Football for the St Kilda Football Club, but a broken leg sidelined him before the season began. He fronted CK’s Crave men’s fragrance campaign and modelled the brand’s famous underwear. He was named one of the world’s sexiest bachelors by America’s People magazine in 2002. It was his role as Helweg, a cheeky-but-brutish prison guard, that saw him star opposite Academy Award recipients Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker as well as the Twilight saga’s Cam Gigandet in the 2010 film release The Experiment. Fimmel also played a celebrity cricket match in the 2009 Australia vs England Hollywood Ashes with fellow Australian actors Jesse Spencer (from House) and Cameron Daddo (from Models Inc.), plus celebrity chef Curtis Stone, INXS bass guitarist Garry Gary Beers and fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz.
He was accepted into Melbourne University to study commercial architecture and engineering but later deferred to travel abroad. Fimmel was signed on the spot with agency LA Models in 2002 after walking into their office broke and barefoot. He then became the first male in the world to secure a six-figure deal to model exclusively for Calvin Klein for a year. It was reported that the role originally went to Elijah Wood, who pulled out of shooting for reasons unknown, so Fimmel instead took the job. Fimmel’s character relies on his wits to navigate a high-pressure environment, browbeaten by Barker and resisting attempts by Internal Affairs to force him to spy on his mentor.
Fimmel was signed on the spot with agency LA Models in 2002 after walking into their office broke and barefoot. He landed the title lead in Warner Bros. in 2008, he portrayed a murderer in Restraint (with True Blood’s Stephen Moyer) and a party boy in Surfer, Dude (with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson). It was reported that the role originally went to Elijah Wood, who pulled out of shooting for reasons unknown, so Fimmel instead took the job.
Preferring to be known for his acting rather than his modelling, Fimmel turned down an offer from Australia’s Seven Network to be a guest judge on the TV series Make Me A Supermodel. He landed the title lead in Warner Bros. in addition, he appeared the studio’s pilot Rocky Point (with Lauren Holly) in 2005, the Fox movie Southern Comfort (with Revenge’s Madeleine Stowe) in 2006 and The Big Valley (with Richard Dreyfuss and Jessica Lange) in 2011. in 2010, he portrayed a compassionate cowboy in Pure Country 2: The Gift; a forensic photographer in Australian horror movie Needle (with Packed to the Rafter’s Jessica Marais); and a gifted classical pianist in Ivory (with Martin Landau), produced by Academy Award recipient Gray Frederickson. According to Variety magazine, he plays a rugged, “hard-drinking gang member and the main character’s best friend”.
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