Ten People I Know is a magnificent exploration of character itself, and a frankly impossible act to attempt to follow, and yet it's also the post in which I've been tagged to do exactly that.
My 10 favorite movie characters.
Mind you, I'm also struggling because Character also manages to give about half of my answers, or things I'd seriously consider answering. This list is still missing a ton of great characters, especially some that tie on some level. Tuco from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly or Harmonica from Once Upon a Time in the West? I have no idea, so, I guess, they both lose.
1. Most people have been trying to "hide" their cheat somewhere in their list. I'll start right off with mine. Both of these are on Bill R.'s list, so I'm merging them. Tom Doniphan from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Bennie from Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. Two characters could hardly be more different, on most levels, and I can't put my finger on why I feel comfortable with them together here, on top of using them as stolen from another list. I'll leave that as an enigma for all to ponder.
2. Ghost Dog from Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai. There's something inordinately beautiful about this character. He's struggling to find a place in one world by becoming something entirely outside its understanding.
3. Renfield from Dracula by Tod Browning. This could have been a general choice of the character from novel and film, through the ages, and not been inappropriate, but it was the performance by Dwight Frye that I fell for so many years ago, and that is the one that remains. As Kimberly Lindbergs recently wrote to me, "Frye's Renfield owns Lugosi's Dracula." Indeed.
4. Lila Lee from Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural.
5. Daigoro from Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (the literally translated title is "The Heart of a Parent, the Heart of a Child"). Yes, you could choose any of the series for this character. I choose this one.
6. Lt. John Brent from Beneath the Planet of the Apes. No, I really don't mean Col. George Taylor.
7. Charlie Allnut from The African Queen.
8. The Scorpio Killer from Dirty Harry. Great heroes work best with great villains.
9. Brigitte Fitzgerald from Ginger Snaps.
10. Guy from Once. This shouldn't need any explanation, but as director John Carney explains on the commentary, the title refers to the excuses one makes not to make something of themselves. The fact that being there for a father, in his case, who would rather see him making something of himself, only adds to meaning for me.
It's funny. I don't suppose it overall looks as personal, and my comments, on the occasions I made them, are nowhere near revealing, but if you read between the lines, find the patterns, etc...