I had so much fun with the Ten Favorite Screen Characters Tag that I decided to write a follow-up post with a few more of my favorite screen characters (I was trying to be quite exclusive with who I chose, so I didn’t end up with quite ten). As before, I’ve stayed away from real life people portrayed on-screen (with one exception that I couldn’t leave out) and characters in film adaptions of books I’ve read. After all, I have to have a few boundaries, or I’d be here all night!
~Kirby (Jack Hogan) from Combat!
The first episode of C! that I watched was “Forgotten Front”, in which Kirby was a Grade-A jerk. I remember glowering at him (if looks could kill…) and thinking that I liked Caje and Saunders MUCH better. The next few episodes did little to change my opinion (particularly “Far From The Brave”), but when I got out of Season 1 episodes and started to skip around, Kirby steadily rose in my estimation until he became my second favorite C! character. Sure, he’s annoying at times, but he has his good qualities too (so many, actually). I’ve got pages of stuff written up about him in my C! notebook, theorizing about his background and the way he looks out for Tate (one of the kids in “The First Day”) in a grudging sort of way, and what he’d do after the war (ASK ME ABOUT. I’ve got two headcanons and they’re both awesome.).
~Tully (Justin Tarr) from Rat Patrol
Tully’s the best. He’s got a great Southern accent (not a drawl…it’s clearer, but still lovely), a smile that lights up the desert, fabulous hair, and shooting abilities that would put Sergeant York to shame. He loves The Jeeps, can drive like nobody’s business (picked it up running moonshine in Kentucky as a kid), and is bffs with Moffitt. *siiiiiiigh*
~Britt (James Coburn) from The Magnificent Seven
According to various sources, Britt is the character most like his Japanese counterpart in Seven Samurai than any other of the remake’s characters, which makes sense because James Coburn was a huge fan of the original film. (He went to see it FIFTEEN TIMES when it first came out.) He obviously put a lot of work into making Britt such a great character and had a lot of fun with the role, and every time I see Britt napping, leaning against the back of the fence, I always get a grin on my face. (He does the same thing during the festival, only it’s a tree, not a fence. Everyone’s partying, and he’s napping. Introverts FTW!) Aside from the fact that he died, I wouldn’t change a thing about Britt or Coburn’s performance.
~Henry Jones (Sean Connery) from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
My brothers introduced me to the Indiana Jones films a few weeks ago, first with The Last Crusade (which I loved) and then Raiders (which was okay), and I’ve been a fan ever since, though I wouldn’t say it’s one of my top fandoms. I haven’t seen Temple of Doom or Crystal Skull yet, and I really don’t have any wish to because 1) I’ve heard they’re not all that good and 2) neither of them include Henry Jones in the cast of characters. Now, Indi is all well and good and I do like him, but I like his dad more. Last Crusade is the only film I’ve seen Sean Connery in (besides The Longest Day), and I loved his performance. So much fun. He gets a ton of good lines (“We named the dog Indiana!”) and his relationship with Indi…ah, it’s great.
~Lovat (Peter Lawford) from The Longest Day
Favorite Peter Lawford role. Hands down. (Admittedly, I’ve seen him in a handful of films, but STILL.) The real Lord Lovat was an epic guy, and I think Lawford did an excellent job bringing that across in his (very) few scenes. As far as I can tell, his portrayal was remarkably accurate (thanks in no small part, of course, to the script): from his white sweater (Elisabeth and I love that sweater) to that crazy Frenchman with the champagne to Lovat’s apology for being late, it’s all straight from Real Life. Very cool.
~Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) from Marvel
Poor Bucky. *sniffffff* I still haven’t gotten over The Winter Soldier. I know there aren’t too many fans who liked The First Avenger, but I love it, and the first time I watched it, I was heartbroken over Bucky’s ‘death’. (He’s really such a sweet guy. And then HYDRA had to turn him into some kind of MONSTER. UGGGGGH.) At the time, I know nothing about the MCU, so when I watched the trailer for TWS (which came out just a couple of days after I watched TFA for the first time), I didn’t know that Bucky had actually survived. So I was quite downcast about his apparent demise for some time, and then I found out about him being the Winter Soldier, and I got feels-attacked. Again. Anyway, I wish more people would talk about pre-serum, pre-metal arm Bucky, because he’s wonderful with his protectiveness toward Steve (even when Steve doesn’t need protection anymore), and his loyalty and…yeah. I loved him back then, too.
~Ari Ben Canaan (Paul Newman) from Exodus
How do I explain Ari? Well, for starters, he’s an amazing hero. One of my new favorite fictional heroes. He’s courageous – he’s not afraid to stand up and fight for what he believes in, even if everyone else is against him (or, in this case, the whole British empire). He has a wonderful relationship with his parents and his sister. He’s a gentleman. He cares about people (but he doesn’t let that impede his judgement). In short, he embodies most of the qualities that I’d love to see in the guy I marry, and I think that’s pretty awesome.
~Damian (Farley Granger) from The North Star
Damian is young, but he’s brave, too. He has a beautiful relationship with Marina (when he danced with her AND when he asked her for a kiss? *heart melts*) and the rapport between him and his brother, Kolya, is PRICELESS. I love The North Star and all the characters, but especially Damian, so I was greatly relieved when my dire predictions about certain characters’ fates didn’t come completely true (me to Elisabeth: “They hugged [Damian and Kolya]. At least one of them’s going to die. Probably both, though. But at least one is going to die.”). I was worried for a bit, but it did all work out in the end. (Besides the fact that he DOESN’T HAVE A BROTHER ANYMORE.)
~Hymie (Dick Gautier) from Get Smart
I wasn’t one hundred percent sure about including Hymie on this list until a couple nights ago when my siblings and I were watching Get Smart and he showed up in an episode and I freaked out, in a fangirl way (I really did – just ask Elisabeth). ‘Cause that showed me that I did indeed like Hymie enough to feature him amongst all the other great characters I love. I know it’s kind of weird to like a robot so much, but I guess it’s the same as liking R2-D2 or C-3PO, right? Hymie’s a lot of fun, with his rather unique outlook on everything, so it’s always super when he’s in an episode. (I almost included Parker on this list as well, since I adore his enthusiasm for all the weird stuff he invents, but I thought two Get Smart characters might be pushing it.)
Honourable mentions include Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) from Grapes of Wrath, Pat Gilbert (Dana Andrews) from State Fair, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) from Marvel, Shifu (voiced by Dustin Hoffman) from the Kung Fu Panda movies, Hobart Kemp (Josh Duhamel) from Ramona and Beezus, and Demitrius Gans (Marc Gomes) from Sue Thomas: F. B. Eye. (And a bunch of other characters, but that’s just a given.)
Did you see any favorites on this list?