20.1.11

male characters

First thing my husband said when he came home today was that his little minion (a medical student he is teaching at work) told him about a sci-fi writer that he will undoubtedly like, and my husband never heard of him before!  So he got really excited about buying new books, because he is a sci-fi nerd and likes nothing more than a good culture novel. So he's been dropping hints all afternoon (as if he needs my permission to spend money, bless) so I told him to go on amazon and just add the books to my Wish List because I'm signed in.
I just went to amazon now, and I found the shopping basket with stuff in it. 4 novels for him, and he added the hair products that I wanted too.
Awwwwww :)) How cute is that? :D
Which brings me to the topic of my favourite male heroes.



This is to me an infinitely less interesting topic right now. For some reason, my book is shaping to be mainly female characters with men being mainly sexualised and/or villains, but certainly playing the same kind of second fiddle to women, as women play in most of the literature. Hence I feel no guilt about it. ButI am concerned that I have gone a little overboard so, I need to think about this.
I have started this really wanting to avoid defining women by men, so much so that I wrote men alltogether out of the book.
Can it work? I am not sure. But I will try to balance it out somehow, without totally going the opposite way from majority of literature (although, I think it is high time to give women centre stage).
Anyway, I was looking at trying to compose a similar list as I did for girl heroes, and here's what I came up with:


My favourite male characters of all time:


Sherlock Holmes played by Jeremy Brett
Photobucket

Sherlock Holmes is my all time favourite character and I really don’t mind that he is not a girl. Perfectly comfortable with his genius, frustrated yet well dressed with impeccable manners, Holmes is, like many of my favourite heroes, impossible to live with but you would love to hang out with him.
Perhaps it is the fact that his character was modeled on a physician (Dr Bell, Arthur Conan Doyle’s mentor during his residency in Edinburgh) that specifically appeals to me as a doctor - I simply thrive on logic that is utterly divorced from normal human concerns. We must stay objective and impartial for the sake of helping others, and Holmes embodies that attitude perfectly. 
Plus, every doctor believes in his genius, so it’s really a small wonder that despite my female, Eastern European roots, I wholeheartedly identify with him as a reader, as does most of the population, regardless of origin and vocation.
All that testifies to the fact that Sherlock is the ultimate Hero, a Mentor, a Shapeshifter and indeed a Shadow (symbolised by his more unsavoury habits) which makes him into a most delectable character of all. Not to mention the endless possibilities for a sequel.
If I have ever been jealous of a literary creation - this is it.
Dracula played by Gary Oldman
Photobucket

Dracula was probably the first fictional male character that I fell in love with, regardless of how abhorrent and terrible he is. The vulnerability, the undying love that drives his unholy transformation into one of the most commercially successful franchises, is truly touching. Gary Oldman made him incredibly sexy and handsome, but Dracula, the head vampire with roots in middle ages Eastern Europe is one of the best concieved anti-heroes in literature and on film.
Favourite quote:
“Listen to the children of the night, how beautiful they sound! Ha-ha- ha!” (spoken with thick Romanian accent)
The Dude in “The Big Lebowski” played by Jeff Bridges
Photobucket

Even though he pays for a carton of expired milk with a cheque, The Dude is still the most desirable mate, and that is really saying something in this materialistically oriented world.. He is cute, cool and perfectly in touch with his feminine side without loosing as much as a molecule of sex appeal. And he is effortlessly funny. The coolness of the Dude is matched only by brilliant performance by Jeff Bridges and a fantastic script writing for the Big Lebowski movie.
Favourite quote: "Yeah, well, you know, that's like, your opinion, man..."
Indiana Jones played by Harrison Ford
Photobucket

As someone on the internet said about "Raiders of the Lost Arc":" Charming everyman on the side of the angels (quite literally, in this case), involved in high adventure, always triumphing over the odds - not without significant obstacles to overcome - and easy to hate bad guys. Add a laconic sense of humour and a lack of appreciation from those he works for, and you've got the ideal hero. All you need after that is a brilliant script and a production team to match..."
Indeed!
V in “V For Vendetta” played by Hugo Weaving
Photobucket

Let me just say what an incredible actor Hugo Weaving is. Of course we knew that in Australia, but it is really great to see him breathe life into some of the most iconic roles in Hollywood, such as Agent Smith in The Matrix and more notably as a leading man and the epitome of a tragic hero - as a mysterious V in “V for Vendetta”.
Masked heroes have never been so relevant, broody and complex, his storytelling is second to none (actually giving life to a brilliant female character of a girl who exists only as a story on paper passed down through the walls that divided prison cells). He is loving, a hopeless romantic, a revolutionary and ultimately his inability to get over his grief and anger lead him to willing demise.
However, he gave me hope for a better tomorrow like no other hero did.
Favourite quote:
"Remember, remember the fifth of November,
the gunpowder treason and plot.
I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason,
should ever be forgot..."

James Bond in “Dr No” played by Sean Connery
Photobucket

I love James Bond not despite him being a male chauvinistic pig but precisely because of it. While most heroes are unrealistically selfless and kind in literature and the sceen, James Bond is exactly the way men are or they want to be.
And there is something loveable in his ability to be unapologetically who he is - you see what you get has never been so delicious
(Disclaimer: I would probably go mad if I had to deal with him in real life so this is no encouragement to men to live their widest dreams - doing so will probably impair your romantic life.)
In any case, I could not have summarised how I feel about James better than this excerpt:
"Arrogant, cold - blooded, vicious, amoral killer. A hero for the 60s.
In its 1962 review "Films and Filming" wrote " There has not been a movie like "Dr No" since "Kiss me deadly". Bond is recognisably Mike Hammer given a thin veneer of articulacy and the Upper Class Scottish snobbery so beloved of Ian Fleming.
They share a patronising contempt for women hidden by a barely - controlled lust to possess them which is a manifestation of a deep fear of the opposite sex, obviously - at least in Bond's case - instilled into him at his Public School. 
From this first movie on, all so - called "Bond Girls" were to be treated like pack - animals, whores or playthings, which should have alienated half the population, but perhaps the thought of being treated like a pack - animal, whore or plaything by Mr S.Connery rather appealed. 
Sexual politics aside, the novel "Dr No" was entertaining enough with Bentley Continentals, Casinos and exotic West Indian locations all being brought to the attention to a readership who had never seen the first two and could only dream of visiting the third. Bond himself, a wine bore of the first rank, was a former Naval officer in his mid - forties, who, in the days before High Street Gyms kept himself fit by swimming five miles a day in the sea, whatever the weather, and presumably took frequent cold showers. With his morning egg he demanded that his copy of "The Times" still be warm from being ironed by his long suffering Scottish "treasure". 
There are words to describe blokes like that, but they are not used in polite society. In bringing this rather unpleasant narcissistic individual to the screen the producers had a stroke of luck and/ or genius. Former model, chorus boy and second string light actor Sean Connery was considered to possess the right combination of charm and threat. Resolutely refusing to take his role too seriously, Mr Connery hit just the right note, a feat that has escaped all his successors. Terence Young keeps a tight ship on an even keel, with none of the excesses and longeurs of the later movies. The "In - joke" with the missing portrait of the Duke of Wellington in Dr No's HQ may have lost its relevance to 21st century audiences, but it is just one of many nice touches Mr Young added to a book that was a little short on humorous asides. 
Bond shoots a woman dead just after having sex with her which rather proves my point made above, and kills a defenceless man by back - shooting him in a most Un - British way....the things one is forced to do for Queen and Country 007...... 
For its time , then, an extraordinary movie, certainly worthy of comparison with Robert Aldrich's masterpiece.."
Ace Ventura Pet Detective played by Jim Carrey
Photobucket


I love a man who loves animals, and who makes me wet myself with laughter, so this one is no brainer. Ace Ventura is so lame, he is totally cool, and the abundance of furry friends is a bonus for a girl like me. Otherwise a typical willing hero, there is nothing “almost” about his excessive eagerness to get involved in the adventure. There are so many high points in this film, from the opening sequence where he takes his frustration out on a package that displays a warning “Fragile”, through his imitation of Captain Kirk in the empty dolphin pool to his washing himself raw to the music from “The Crying Game” after realising he kissed a man. 
Carrey’s genius extends to most of his other films, notably a sequel to Ace Ventura, a lawyer comedy “Liar, Liar”, superb adventure in ”Dumb and Dumber” and crazy stalker fun in “The Cable Guy”.
Favourite quote: “Spank you very much!”
Other male heroes I loved:
Withnail in “Withnail and I” played by Richard E Grant
Bruce Willis in “Hudson Hawk”
Inspector Clouseau in “Pink Panther” movies played by Peter Sellers
Jean Luc Picard in “Star Trek the Next Generation” played by Steven Patrick
Harry Angel in “Angel Heart” played by Mickey Rourke
Neo in “The Matrix” played by Keanu Reeves
Derek Zoolander played by Ben Stiller
Nicholas Cage in “Ghost Rider” played by Nichlaos Cage
Vin Diesel in “Chronicles of Riddick”
Napolean Dynamite played by Jon Heder 
My favourite male supports:
Ceech in “Bullets over Broadway” played by Chazz Palminteri
Photobucket

The greatest character arc in any film I have ever seen - Cheech transforms from a menacing body guard to a talentless girlfriend of a small-time mobster boss into a fully-fledged playwright who not only saves the play but finds his true calling. Being a respected playwright in New York is no small feat and Cheech is a natural, plus, he has the resolve to not let anything (or anyone) stand in the way of his creative masterpiece.
Dr Fran-N-Furter in “Rocky Horror Picture Show” played by Tim Curry 
Photobucket

Another superb male role in touch with its feminine side (I am beginning to notice a pattern!). Dr Frank N Furter is devious and brilliant entertainer with legs to die for. 
This movie has spawned a hugely popular musical however, everything but the original is a complete let down because nobody does the “sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania” quite as good as Tim Curry.
Dr Hannibal Lecter in “Silence of the Lambs” played by Anthony Hopkins
Photobucket

Psychiatrists always make for excellent characters specially if they are completely bonkers and Dr Lecter certainly is. There is something in the juxtaposition of maddness onto the character of a psychiatrist that is particularly thrilling, perhaps the care that is taken to make all the characters psychologically consistent combined with perceived upper class sensibility and soft spokedness of a learned man who devoted himself to study and delving into people’s brains (sometimes literally)
Be as it may, madness has never been so informative and creative. Fava beans on liver are of course a bonus.
Lou Cipher in “Angel Heart” played by Robert de Niro
Photobucket

Robert deNiro is one of the greatest actors of all time, not in the least because of his surprisingly perfect comic timing which served him well even in most serious of roles. As you can imagine, there is nothing overtly funny in the Devil’s masterful corruption of souls, still, Lou Cipher is a character full of excellent irony. He is as loveable as he is bad, his appeal - irresistible.
He also delivers one of the greatest quotes of all time, as he is peeling a boiled egg:
They say there's enough religion in the world to make men hate each other, but not enough to make them love. “
Oh, oh, and this one:
“The flesh is weak, Johnny. Only the soul is immortal. 
And yours belongs to ME. “
and this one:
"Mephistopheles" is SUCH a mouthful in Manhattan.”
Ok, you just have to see the movie :)

Otto in A Fish Called Wanda played by Kevin Kline
Photobucket

Otto is really stupid but he doesn’t know it. He was an international man of mystery long before Austin Powers and he certainly takes the joke about James Bond to entirely new level. He is not a friend to the animals, he has no idea how to really speak Italian (which doesn’t stop him doing so, especially during sex) and he is possibly the worst liar in movie history. As his accomplice aptly described “she’s worn dresses with higher IQ than his”. Yet, he is brilliant.
One doesn’t really want him to win, but we were certainly relieved to hear he survived his ordeal in the end, even though it meant that he became Chief Justice in South Africa (have those people not suffered enough!?)
And a few more who have to be mentioned:

Louis Winthorpe III in "Trading Places" played by Dan Ackroyd
Billy Ray Valentine in "Trading Places" played by Eddie Murphy
Freddy Benson in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" played by Steve Martin
J.D in "Heathers" played by Christian Slater
Joker in "Batman" played by Jack Nicholson 
Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg in "Fifth Element" played by Gary Oldman
Jack Byrnes in "Meet the Fockers" played by Robert deNiro
Deryl Van Horn in "Witches of Eastwick" played by Jack Nicholson
John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson in "Pulp Fiction"
Jet Lee in "Forbidden Kingdom"
Walter Sochak in "The Big Lebowski" played by John Goodman
Eric Cartman in "South Park"
Yoda in "Return of the Jedi" played by Frank Oz
Mr Spock in "Star Trek" played by Leonard Nemoy


2 comments:

  1. hahaha Big Lebowsky, koji dobar životni moto ima taj čovjek :) dobro je sve dok nije Joe Pesci :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. hahha, da, The Dude is the best :D

    ReplyDelete