Tuesday, March 31, 2009

FOX'S 10 FAVORITE SCREEN CHARACTERS OF ALL TIME

Nathaniel R. tagged me and ordered me to spread the already "goin' viral" Top 10 Favorite Movie Characters of All Time thread around a little bit more,... and I'm very glad that he did!

There's no need explaining the rules behind this...


1. Travis (from Paris, TX).

Nobody loved as long and as low and as loyally as he.


2. The Wienie King (from The Palm Beach Story)

Makes me laugh forever even though he's on screen for about 3 minutes.

3. Max Fisher (from Rushmore)

Ambition unbounded. Also had a eccentric knowledge (and respect) of (for) pop culture.


4. Raoul (from Get Out Your Handkerchiefs)

B/c he can still appear cool & smooth after knowing that a 13 year-old can please his lady more than he can.


5. Watts (from Some Kind of Wonderful)

One of the first characters I wanted to be and be with. I guess that makes me a narcissist. It also might make me transgendered since I'm a man.

6. Jimmy Fingers (from Fingers)

Kind of a scary man, but a brave man too. Like Charlie in Mean Streets, but on the nutso side.


7. Johnny (from Naked)

I often fantasize about unleashing the "bored" speech on somebody.


8. Sing (from Kung Fu-Hustle)

My kind of hero.


9. Jack (from Saint Jack)

My kind of man.


10. Robert E. Lee Clayton (from The Missouri Breaks)

My kind of weirdo.

22 comments:

Rick Olson said...

A new movie meme! A new movie meme! Good old Nathaniel R. Yay!

Loved the choice of Travis from Paris, TX, dude.

Rick Olson said...

Also, have you seen Harry Dean Stanton in Big Love? The best part of the series ...

Fox said...

Rick-

My wife watches that show so I've a tiny bit of him, but not much. That show kinda weirds me out.

Rick Olson said...

Yeah, and Harry Dean is one of the creepiest of them all. He's a national treasure.

Fox said...

He's a national treasure.

Agreed. And never been nominated... to my knowledge.

He also looks like he's been the same age for 25 years.

Greg said...

Fox, you have gone above and beyond the call of duty by selecting JARVIS. I shall inform him, even though I am currently in negotiations with his agent, and hopefully he will respond by Monday at the latest.

And no phony baloney JARVIS impersonators in the comment section, okay? It cheapens the majesty that is JARVIS.

Fox said...

Greg-

I'm really hoping JARVIS comes through, but, per Arbo's comment on The Invisible Edge (officially nominated Comedy site), he just isn't around as much as we need him to be, so sometimes pale imitators pop-up.

I mean, the market demands more JARVIS, and if JARVIS can't deliver then maybe some robot named GERVIN will.

Keith said...

I always loved Watts from Some Kind of Wonderful. She's the kind of buddy I wanted at school. She was cooler than most guys, plus she was hot.

bill r. said...

Oh, okay, I'll do this one. I still don't feel well, though, and I'm having a hard time focusing on things, so my picks will probably be along the lines of

"LUKE SKYWALKER - because he was a great space hero

HANNIBAL LECTER - he eats fava beans with chianti LOL!

CITIZEN KANE - AFI's greatest movie ever made!!

The IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE man - because he taught us all that life is good!"

So don't get your hopes up, is what I'm saying.

Greg said...

My God Bill, that list is incredible. You have a natural gift.

Fox said...

Keith-

Yeah. I think Watts was the first short-haired girl that I found attractive...

...then there was that lady from Northern Exposure.

Now there are plenty, but I'm willing to bet that Watts was the first.

Bill-

I hope you feel better.

And my hopes ARE up. If you kill this thread you will be like the guy at the baseball game that kills "the wave". (NOTE: I actually HATE "the wave", it just worked good in that analogy.)

Jason Bellamy said...

Cool. Good list, and I'm happy to meet the challenge. Tomorrow, I hope.

Tom Drew said...

I haven't seen The Missouri Breaks in, um, lemme think, 15 years? I remember it being awful, but I also put it in my Netflix queue, like, a year ago, so something must've made me want to watch it again.

Fox said...

Jason-

Look forward to it!

Tom-

I think we may have had a talk about The Missouri Breaks in the past year or so... if memory serves me well. In fact, I think it was when I put up a Polish movie poster of it that I saw.

hokahey said...

I enjoyed your list!

Robert E. Lee Clayton is certainly a different character! I love it when Nicholson shoots into the tub and says, "You're not even there."

I think Some Kind of Wonderful is the best to come out of the teen-movie boom and I always really dug Watts, and I loved the ending because of her. She deserved it.

Max Fisher is one of my alter egos - since I direct drama at a high school - and sometimes we put together some unconventional stuff written by me and if we do a standard play we always add a battle scene or something to juice it up a little. Characters inspire.

MovieMan0283 said...

Glad to see Johnny's on both of our lists. Can't believe I'm only catching this now (and that you tagged me too). Shows you how sporadic my blog-hopping has become.

I have not seen The Missouri Breaks but have heard many intriguing things. It seems to be the ultimate Brando-goofing-off performance (wesn't a lot of his character's behavior invented by him rather than existing already in the script)? Though I obviously can't say this with authority, great choice.

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