Recently, the incomparably intelligent Stevee at Cinematic Paradox wrote a clever post about movie characters who share similar personality traits to her. The idea struck me as such a brilliant one that I had to do one of my own, but before you read mine, I highly recommend you read hers.
Great. So now you get what this is all about, and without further ado, here is my list of characters:
Jim Kurring (John C. Reilly), Magnolia (1999):
One of Paul Thomas Anderson’s great abilities as a writer/director is the wide range of characters he is able to fluently write and create. Kurring is definitely the most sympathetic in the whole movie, and is a driving force for innocence, naivety and an obsession for the job. I can’t say that I’m innocent, or naive, but when I pursue something I do it with the same gusto and energy as Kurring. If only I could have half as many awesome monologues.
Antonius Block (Max von Sydow), The Seventh Seal (1957):
Most of the great Bergman characters are female, but a hefty percentage of the notable protagonists are male, too. And if there was one I had to compare myself to, it would probably be Block. I’m a halfway decent Chess player, I’m not confident in the existence of a deity (in fact, I’m probably atheist) and in at least a few senses of the word, I’m disillusioned, though reasonably happy with the world.
Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan), Blue Velvet (1986):
We all like to have a bit of detective in us, and while I’m certainly no Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot, MacLachlan’s determined self-made detective in the ruthless David Lynch thriller resembles my own stoic personality somewhat, though it’s hard to really analyse yourself and compare yourself to a movie character. But I’m like Beaumont, I suppose. Why? Because I’d really dig dating a young Laura Dern. And it’d be awesome to see Dean Stockwell singing Roy Orbison in a creepy voice.
Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), Fargo (1996):
I would never commit any of the second-hand atrocities that Lundegaard does, but in other terms, I feel an eerie connection. “I’m cooperatin’ here!” is one of a few personal slogans I sport in public some times, and other things he says not only make me laugh but awkwardly remind me of my own stupidity sometimes.
Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto), Requiem for a Dream (2000):
I don’t do drugs, let me get that clear, but in almost all other aspects of Goldfarb’s personality, it’s a tick for me. I always want the best for everyone, but find at times it’s difficult to provide that. The only real difference is that I don’t give up as easily as him.
Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), American Psycho (2000):
Although I can never prove this to you, I do not have homocidal tendencies, sick sexual preferences or any of the night-time evils that Bateman commits. I am not a narcissist, unlike him, either. I guess the only real similarity is our tastes in pop culture, which are shared by few other characters in recent memory in a manner as darkly comic as Bateman’s.
I hope the above list hasn’t weirded you out too much, but I guess what I’m trying to say can’t really be said without using idiotic cliches, but I’ll say it anyway: My personality, like everyone’s, is unique, and parts of the above six people can be put together to resemble something similar, but nothing can be exactly the same.
So what about you? Any movie characters that remind you (even minorly) of yourself? Leave a comment below. Thanks.