Come here often? You might’ve noticed some weeks we have a featured character of the week (some other weeks we have a footballer or a rock band), but now is time to pay tribute to some of the characters we’ve featured and some of them who we’ve missed. Here they are, in no particular order:
Francis “Franco” Begbie created by Irvine Welsh, portrayed by Robert Carlyle in the 1996 motion picture Trainspotting. We’ll focus on the movie, right? Carlyle achieved a solid performance as the friend most of us have, who likes to screw things up whenever he has the chance. A violent sociopath who we got the chance to watch on screen but probably have seen in real life, abusing alcohol, engaging in violent feuds at the local pub and buzzing on our doors just at that time when we needed to be on our own.
“Armed robbery”. With a replica. I mean, how the fuck can it be armed robbery with a fucking replica?
Dr. Mark Greene, from the 15-season TV series E.R., created by Michael Crichton. Dr. Greene only appeared on the first 8 seasons and the ratings kind of slumped since he left the show. Anthony Edwards brilliantly portrayed the experienced emergency physician, earning a number of awards such as the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award.
The character was fundamental to the series given that other strong parts were constantly struggling to call the shots and show authority over the rest of the cast, some of them were the parts of Dr. Kerry Weaver, Dr. Robert Romano and Dr. Peter Benton. Edwards managed to portray Greene as a knowledgeable but easy-going health-care specialist in the E.R.
Joel Barish from the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, directed by Michel Gondry. Gondry, Charlie Kaufman and Pierre Bismuth created this interesting story in which it is possible to get memories deleted from your brain… even those from a messed-up relationship. Jim Carrey buried the comedian inside of him and connected with the audience with the portrayal of a simple guy leading a less than ordinary life, suffering from the consequences of what most likely was an ill-advised affair with an attractive but unstable woman. Been there, done that!
Why do I fall in love with every woman I see who shows me the least bit of attention?
Summer Finn portrayed by Zooey Deschanel… what d’ya know? The only female character in our list. Summer is the girl in a “boy-meets-girl story which is not a love story”, do I need to say more? I probably do, right? Summer sums up all the qualities of that utter bitch that lies within all women who want the company of a decent guy… but not for long (keep it casual, yeah?) and in the end, can’t be hold accountable for all the emotional turmoil they cause, quite simply for the fact they were not lying… Quite simply? Fuck that!
The movie, by the way, is called (500) Days Of Summer and is brilliant.
Obi-Wan Kenobi, a character played by both, Sir Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor. Most people out there are keen on Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker but they seem to forget the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi (aka Ben Kenobi) was the one who defeated the fiendish Darth Maul, General Grievous and ultimately in the prequel films, Darth Vader himself! No to mention he had the task of cleaning up after Vader’s rampage.
Prof. Tom Mason from the TV series Falling Skies. Tom Mason is a history teacher forced to become part of a militia in a post-apocalyptic Earth, following an alien invasion. Mason put down his books (or his Kindle™) and took the old AK-47 to fight for what’s left of his family and country.
Noah Wyle is the one in charge of bringing Tom Mason to life in the small screen. Following his participation in E.R., Wyle needed a powerful role to reboot his career and I think he is doing a terrific job. I mean, not only the character is great but also is Wyle’s performance and his ability to look like a walking dead, starved and exhausted, or terribly scared when the spaceship comes down right in front of him. If you have not seen the series I reckon you ought to give it a chance.
The Joker portrayed by the late Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. Nobody, and I mean nobody believed at first someone could surpass Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of the character, but Ledger did, vividly, under the direction of Christopher Nolan. Both of them created the “psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy”. Ledger earned a series of awards posthumously, including the Academy Award™.
Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair!
Standartenführer Hans Landa. This is the one who inspired this whole post actually. How can you find someone to portray an Austrian who speaks German, French, Italian and English fluently? Tarantino gave us the answer… you get an Austrian fellow who speaks German, French, Italian and English, with the looks of the most refined, meticulous and ruthless son of a bitch that ever set foot on Nazi Germany.
Christoph Waltz portrayed dazzlingly the Landa character in Inglourious Basterds. If the film was not Tarantino’s chef-d’œuvre so far (I believe Pulp Fiction is), this character must be acknowledged as the best one he has created.
December 9th, 2013.