I thought a little appreciation was needed for the unsung movie heroes and heroines who support act on our screens, show bravery, integrity or love and often help defeat the bad guy. They deserve a pat on the back too. Here are my top five, in no particular order and you might want to beware of spoilers:
1. Ollie Weeks – The Mist (2007)
Why is he cool? Ollie is a kick arse bad arse who can shoot a gun like no tomorrow. I like him particularly because no-one expects him to be as smart or cool as he is and let’s face it, he is a rather unlikely hero. But when fighting off giant monsters from another dimension, Ollie’s rational thinking, reasoning, logic and gun skills could just save your life. And for better or worse, he’s up for a beer.
2. Doctor – Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Doctor in Pan’s Lab (no other name is given for him) shows a huge amount of integrity as he bravely lives a double life, deceiving the evil Captain Vidal who believes him to be his trusted doctor. Even to his very last breath, Doctor shows his class and integrity and refuses to act as the Captain wishes, losing his life in the process. A true gentleman and hero! Scroll down to read one of my favourite quotes said by him.
3. Gigolo Joe – A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Sometimes help comes in unlikely forms and Gigolo Joe was a friend to David when he needed a friend more than anything else. He helped him, stopped him from being alone and conveyed wit, kindness and irreverence just as the story gets a bit too sad to handle. When Gigolo Joe enters the film for the first time we have just witnessed the upsetting scene of David being abandoned in the forest and found by the flesh farm. Joe is a breath of fresh air. Special shout out to Teddy too.
4. Kate Fuller – From Dusk till Dawn (1996)
Why movie lists of kick arse female characters always leave out Kate I have no idea. Let’s look at the facts here. She’s one of only two people, alongside Seth, who survives the night in the Titty Twister having been kidnapped and subsequently orphaned in the process. She watches her last remaining family members get chewed up, bloodied, turned into vampires and killed. And still fights to the end.
5. Lt. Archie Hicox – Inglourious Basterds
Archie is another brilliant chap who ends up murdered for his cause. He’s fantastically British but if only he had known the German three. I like Archie because he’s classy, polite and charming and there is a real quiet confidence about him – intelligent and sexy. Though not in the film for very long he is my favourite character alongside Shosanna. Even when staring death in the face he is unshakable and goes out speaking the King’s old chap.
I leave you with a quote said by Doctor from Pan’s Labyrinth. He has just disobeyed Captain Videl’s orders and mercy killed a rebel suspect who was tortured by Videl. The Captain has just asked him why he didn’t obey his orders to keep the rebel alive.
“But captain to obey – just like that – for obedience’s sake… without questioning… That’s something only people like you can do.”