Top Ten Favorite Characters of All Time
Some of my blogger counterparts were participating in naming their top ten favorite characters of all time. I tagged myself by looking at Piper from Lazy Eye Theatre’s list.
Here is my list starting from number ten.
Barry played by Jack Black in
Oh, that’s not obvious enough, Rob. How about the Beatles? Or fucking… fucking Beethoven? Side one, track one of the Fifth Symphony… How can someone with no interest in music own a record store?
Everyone has a “Barry” in their lives. That one friend that seems to know everything, and dismisses anyone that might have subpar taste in music. Jack stole every scene that he was in. It made watching this movie more of a pleasure.
Jules Winnfield played by Samuel L. Jackson in
Normally, both your asses would be dead as fucking fried chicken, but you happen to pull this shit while I’m in a transitional period. So I don’t wanna kill you. But I can’t give you this case. It don’t belong to me. Besides, I’ve already been through too much shit this morning over this case to hand it over to your dumb ass.
How can you not put Jules Winnfield on your list? Every line that Jackson delivers in gold even something as mundane as television pilots were interesting. He has a duality of being a contract killer, but he could get philosophical on you.
Penny Lane played by Kate Hudson in
We are not groupies. Groupies sleep with rock stars because they want to be near someone famous. We are here because of the music, we inspire the music. We are Band Aids.
Watching Kate Hudson play Penny Lane, the ultimate Band Aid was a joy. She changed the name of “groupie” forever. There is a look of her face that speaks volumes. Wonderful.
Dr. Ramack played by Leslie Nielsen in
I am serious and don’t call me “Shirley.”
Nielsen playing the straight guy in “Airplane!” was a joy to watch. The one-liners kept coming. I was lapping it up. Fabulous comedic timing.
The Bride played by Uma Thurman in the
“Kill Bill” series
Bitch, you can stop right there. Just because I have no wish to murder you before the eyes of your daughter, does not mean parading her around in front of me is going to inspire sympathy. You and I have unfinished business. And not a goddamn fuckin’ thing you’ve done in the subsequent four years, including getting knocked up, is going to change that.
I love the mystery within the Kill Bill series, trying to figure out who “The Bride” was. She wanted to take revenge on the people that ruined her life. I rooted for a killer. Her sword fight was the Crazy 88. Genius.
Effie White played by Jennifer Hudson in
Well, what am I supposed to do? Deena’s beautiful and she’s always been beautiful… but I’ve got the voice, Curtis! I’ve got the voice! You can’t put me in back; you just can’t!
Effie White has always been my favorite when Jennifer Holliday famously played her in the original Broadway production. When Hudson was chosen to be Effie White in the movie version, I was on board. I loved the songs that Effie sang. Wow!
Andy Dufrense played by Tim Robbins in
“The Shawshank Redemption”
She was beautiful. God, I loved her. I just didn’t know how to show it, that’s all. I killed her, Red. I didn’t pull the trigger, but I drove her away. And that’s why she died, because of me.
It was so hard to choose between Andy or Red. I thought that Andy was so understated and nuanced that I wanted to put him on the list. He is sly and devious, but he is trying to prove his innocence.
Ennis del Mar played by Heath Ledger in
Why don’t you just let me be? It’s because of you, Jack, that I’m like this! I’m nothin’… I’m nowhere… Get the fuck off me! I can’t stand being like this no more, Jack.
Seeing this performance was transcendent. I felt the anguish that Ennis has to keep up his “straight life”, but he is still in love with Jack. It was heartbreaking to watch.
Anton Chigurh played by Javier Bardem in
“No Country for Old Men”
Will you hold still, please?
I have never been so freaked out in all of my life whenever Anton Chigurh came onscreen. You never know what he was going to do. That was the most frightening thing about the movie. I don’t want to meet him in dark alleyway or in a hotel room.
Celie played by Whoopi Goldberg in
“The Color Purple”
Till you do right by me, everything you even think about gonna fail.
How could you not deny Celie? A woman that had lead a life full of abandonment, abuse, rape, forbidden love and ultimately, happiness. Such a rich character brought onscreen. It is a privilege to watch.
Those are my top ten. Whoever is reading this. You are tagged to share your personal top ten on your own blog.