My friend, jenn at quirky pickings, and her friend, Lauren at Life.Love.Lauren, are hosting a weekly "Tuesday Topics" link-up. I thought I'd jump in the game this week with "Eight Favorite Characters from Books/Movies". Stop by Jenn's and/or Lauren's and have a look. Or participate in future Tuesday Topics.
I know what y'all are thinking. You think I picked book characters, right? Well, I'm here to surprise you. I picked movie characters. Why? Because I'm throwing this post together rather quickly and for some reason, the favorite movie characters solidified into a nice, little list much quicker than book characters would/could.
In no particular order:
Stephanie Zinone - Grease 2 - played by Michelle Pfeiffer... Okay, when I said "in no particular order", I lied. Stephanie Zinone is #1. She is soooo much cooler than her predecessor lead female character in the original Grease, Sandy. In the first Grease, Sandy had to change to get her guy. In Grease 2, the guy had to change to win Stephanie's heart. After all, she's tired of "being someone's chick".
Penny Lane - Almost Famous - played by Kate Hudson... She was sweet, yet strong; damaged, but not broken; a dreamer, a lover, a music fan; full of adventure and wanderlust; in love with a man she shouldn't be. I could relate.
Darrel "Darry" Curtis - The Outsiders - played by Patrick Swayze... Folks that are fans of this movie probably love Pony Boy, or Johnny, or bad boy Dallas Winston. And, a lot of folks that fall in love with Patrick Swayze did it during Dirty Dancing. Not me. I fell in love with Mr. Swayze as Darry, older brother to Soda Pop and Pony Boy, who quit school to start working and take care of his younger brothers when his beloved parents died in a car crash but could still lead a rumble when necessary.
Doc Holliday - Tombstone - played by Val Kilmer... This is one of those movies that I can watch over, and over, and over again, and mostly it's because of Val Kilmer's portrayal of Doc Holliday. So many good lines, and his delivery is fan-freakin-tastic.
Christian - Moulin Rouge - played by Ewan McGregor... He's a writer and a dreamer; he's in love with a woman knowing that she has a less than stellar profession; he sings songs, writes plays, and has a "ridiculous obsession with love".
Ouiser Boudreaux - Steel Magnolias - played by Shirley MacLaine... One of the beauties of this near-perfect movie is that all of the cast and the characters are stellar. Superb. Irreplaceable. But, I get more laughs and more love from watching the antics of Ouiser.
Jenny - Forrest Gump - played by Robin Wright... I admit when I first brainstormed and wrote my list, the character of Forrest was listed. He's a wonderful character. So heart-warming. But, as I think more about the movie, the character that is the driving force for me is Jenny. She is so, so flawed...but we pretty much know that her childhood trauma messed her up, and she tried all she could do to escape the pain of her past. I think the ugliness of what Jenny experiences, the pain she endures, and the hurt she causes creates such depth to the overall story.
Sean Maguire - Good Will Hunting - played by Robin Williams... First, applause to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for writing this character, and Robin Williams plays it brilliantly. So real. So genuine. So many little bits of life lessons. So much "good stuff". This movie wouldn't resonate the way it does if this character hadn't been written and portrayed so perfectly.
Honorable mentions that almost made the cut: Carl Lee Hailey from A Time to Kill, Wooderson from Dazed and Confused, Bud or Sissy from Urban Cowboy, John Bender from The Breakfast Club, Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Rayon from Dallas Buyers Club, John Creasy from Man on Fire
Do you agree on some? Disagree on others? Quickly, list your 8 favorite characters. Or...create your own post and let me know. I'd enjoy reading it.