The Iceman Melt-eth
-Ryan Porter and Elio Iannacci, Editor
B.C.-born actor Shawn Ashmore is more than just your average cool dude
Shawn Ashmore has all the humble beginnings of an A-lister. Ever since he cracked the Hollywood
hierarchy as Iceman in the X-Men films and won the heart of his girlfriend, actor Michelle Trachtenberg
(who starred in Buffy the Vampire Slayer), he's been on a roll. In fact, the Richmond, B.C.-born actor
stars as another hero in this month's CTV Terry Fox biopic, Terry.
Even though he warmed up to the rusty-brown extensions he had to wear for the Fox job, he never really
got comfortable in the '80s-era running shorts. "My new fashion pet peeve is short-shorts," he says like
he's advocating against land mines. "They just don't look good on men."
He won't have to worry about sporting bad '80s looks for his next batch of gigs, though. He plays a
private-school bad boy in August's teen flick Underclassman, stars in a disturbing teen drama called The
Quiet (which will be at the Toronto International Film Festival) and does a turn as a B-list porn star in
3 Needles, opposite Stockard Channing.
Ashmore thinks playing a barrage of different roles rocks, but he is definitely in no hurry to become
the next Tom Cruise. "It kills me that actors can't go get groceries [in privacy]," he says with a boyish
half-smile. "That doesn't sound too good to me."