This week's Ten on Tuesday theme is 10 Favorite Movie Characters. I had a difficult time coming up with really, really good ones after the first three or four, until I got my stride. Then I could barely restrict it to ten.
- Everyone's favorite, Captain Jack Sparrow.
"You cheated!" "Pirate."
- My first true love, Mary Poppins. Also any other role the young Julie Andrews played, particularly Maria in The Sound of Music. I am still in love with Mary Poppins and Maria. Le sigh.
- Dory. Has there ever been a better animated character? "I wish I could speak whale."
- Inspector Cluseau (the Peter Sellers version). Sellers bridged Marx Brothers humor with more modern slapstick in a creative, hilarious, and subtle way. Cluseau (along with Dreyfuss and Cato) are among the most memorable characters ever.
- Navin R. Johnson. "He hates these cans!" "The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here!" Steve Martin's defining role, I think. At least until later in his career.
- Here's a twofer: Harold and Maude. Neither character rates my top ten without the other, but together they were terrific.
- Forrest Gump. A lot of people seem to think this movie is cotton candy for the brain, but I love it, and the character is the main reason. And Lieutenant Dan makes my honorable mention list.
- Inigo Montoya.
"Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means whatta you think it means."
"Let me explain. No, no. There is no time. Let me sum up."
- Willie Wonka. I have not seen the remake starring Captain Jack Sparrow, but I knew I had to put a Gene Wilder role in my top ten, and this was the clear, logical choice.
- Indiana Solo. I mean Han Jones. You know, those phenomenally awesome cool guy adventure roles played by Harrison Ford.
- Otto from A Fish Called Wanda. Kevin Cline's masterpiece role.
- Bill and Ted in their excellent adventure.
- The "I want my two dollars" kid and most of the other wacky characters in Better Off Dead. Like the two japanese guys who spoke like Howard Cosell, and the hot French neighbor, and the mom who cooked the green goop with raisins that slimed off the plate.
- Any and all Bond Girls. Without the Bond Girls, these movies would be just spy thrillers.