And an answer of sorts popped into my head.
The three gunfighters from the opening of Once Upon a Time in the West
Snaky, as played by Jack Elam.
Stony, as played by Woody Strode.
Knuckles, as played by Al Mulock.
I don't have some good reason. There's no love lost between Frank, as played by Henry Fonda, and I. He's as mean a son of a bitch as I've seen on screen. And these guys, I admit, are his hired killers.
I spent so much time getting to know them. That's a long, beautiful opening sequence and I've watched it countless times. I feel like I know those guys.
No, I don't necessarily think they're worth saving, but sometimes you can't want to save who'd you most like to want to save.
And I'd have just liked to have spent a little more time with these guys. They're so endlessly compelling to watch.