Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Is your favourite movie character mentioned?

Check out the comments on the Shakespeare's Sister "QotD" on favourite movie characters. There are some great examples identified, although it's hard to know whether the commentators are praising the writing (who wrote the character), the director (who encourage the performance) or the actor (who embodied the character).

For me, it is very hard to disentangle the three issues, but the over-emphasis on the actor in the responses seems to suggest that we elide the actor and the role all too easily. No wonder people then get cranky about fans confusing them with their roles...

5 comments:

HolyhosesRob said...

I suppose the strongest characters are those which have been played successfully by more than one actor, like Philip Marlowe and James Bond, or Nikita/The Assassin. My personal favourite is Charlie Lang in It Could Happen to You, played by Nicolas Cage, who is not an actor I particularly go for in other things. In this sense I feel my choice is pure.

Kara said...

Mmm. I think mine would be "Dawn Weiner" from Welcome to the Dollhouse (I love love love that movie!) and "Luisa" from Y Tu Mama Tambien (and, yes, it has everything to do with the fact she get's to have a threesome with Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna).

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Both brilliant choices guys! I gave away my copy of It Could Happen to You to a rampant Nick Cage fan (yes, she is a friend). it is a very sweet movie...

And Y Tu Mama Tambien is just SUCH a glorious film. And she is a great character.

For me, the Coen brothers write some great characters: the Dude and Marge are just two that come immediately to mind.

AnnaWaits said...

Well I wouldn't be who I am today without the Goblin King...

Haha. Marty McFly is unassailably cool, so I'd probably have to go with him, I think.

dearieme said...

John Wayne used to play John Wayne pretty well.