The article quotes Deborah Peterson, a creative designer for Harlequin, who says, "We usually cast through modelling agencies, but... what we're finding is the models we're getting from the casting agencies are getting progressively younger and younger, and skinnier and skinnier."
I, for one, am glad they're making this change.
See, in my mind, my heroes are always at least thirty to thirty-five, sometimes even older. Given that I write a lot of medievals, I do tend to say they're younger, but I imagine them all as mature, self-confident men -- a confidence that comes from experience of the world and a certain amount of success; it comes with age.
So, and to use actors as examples, while I think Jamie Bamber and Ioan Gruffudd are good-looking, I don't want them on my covers. To me, they seem too young.
Here are some others I would put in the "mature man" category, in no particular order:
I don't know how old he is, but I thought he was a "mature man" the first time I saw him, in Timeline.
This guy puts the tense in intense -- in a good way.
Ray Stevenson, who managed to be both cute and frightening in Rome. He also made one heck of a strong, silent type in King Arthur. His character broke my heart with his interaction with the little boy.
His portrayal of Charles II inspired me to write about Restoration England.
Other mature actors of note: Russell Crowe, Clive Owen, Daniel Craig, Gregory Peck, Basil Rathbone, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart
You'll notice that most of these guys aren't conventionally handsome. It's their attitude, their confidence, that I appreciate.
Rocky from Survivor should take note that most of these guys take roles that don't require them to talk a lot, either.
Truly self-confident men don't have to.