(idea submitted by Matthew B.)
It is a common perception that Jews tend to fall on the less physical and more cerebral spectrum of behavior. Jews are historically well known for being academics and thinkers as opposed to champion sportsmen or warriors. This perception has permeated into the upbringing of many Jewish Young Adults, particularly males who tended toward the scrawnier side during high school and were frequently last picked for basketball in PE class. Therefore JYAs show a lot of admiration when a Jew comes around who breaks out of that mold and asserts his/her strength and vigor. Ironically, nobody is a better anti-stereotypical Jew than Non-Jewish actor Daniel Craig.
Craig, the rugged 41 year old British actor, received his “Good for the Jews” stamp of approval because he has twice played ass-kicking Jews – more than any other Goy – in major motion pictures; Munich and Defiance. In both films Craig portrays pistol-whipping resolve and manly gruffness in ways that Woody Allen could only have wet dreams about.
In this vein, Craig has achieved what could be the closest equivalent to Jewish Cool: boys want to be him, girls want to be with him. “Ugh, I wish my boyfriend was more like Daniel Craig in Munich”, bemoaned JYA “Lisa” to her work friend, “He’s just so, like, not Daniel Craig, you know?”
Male JYA “Matt” echoed this sentiment stating that “That Bond dude gets so much poon it’s unfair. Leave some for the rest of us, man.”
Hopefully Craig will bless us with more of his acting skill, bringing out the rough and rugged side of historical Jewish figures. Maybe a biopic of Judah the Maccabbee?