I’ve always been a fan of making lists. Whether it be reading them or writing them. While growing up I made lists of my Top 25 favorite songs, like it was the Billboard chart, and lists of my favorite movies. To this day, I continue to make lists of things that I need to do and accomplish. What can I say, I love lists!
So as promised I compiled lists of some of my favorite things and will attempt to post them for a week, all leading up to my 29th birthday. Pretty exciting eh? I guess. Now I’ve been pretty busy so I apologize if I don’t get one done for every day of the week. I’ll try my best!
The first list I’m debuting is my Top 10 Favorite Movie/TV characters of all-time. It was difficult to come up with just 10 characters and I’m sure I’m leaving someone out (that’s what honorable mention is for right?), but these are the ones that stuck out in my mind. Characters I could relate to or wanted to be like.
To make the lists not-boring I added the movies that the characters are from (duh!), the actor that played them and a memorable quote from them, along with the reason I chose them for this great honor.
Without further ado here is my…
Top 10 Favorite Movie/TV Characters
10. Lane Meyer
“Better Off Dead”
Played by John Cusack
Memorable Quote: “My little brother got his arm stuck in the microwave. So my mom had to take him to the hospital. My grandma dropped acid this morning, and she freaked out. She hijacked a busload of penguins. So it’s sort of a family crisis. Comeback later. Bye!”
Savage Steve Holland created two of my favorite John Cusack characters in Lane Meyer and Hoops McCann from “One Crazy Summer”. I went with Lane because for anyone that has been dumped for lame reasons (and I have) you can relate to poor Mr. Meyer. And trust me, Lane was dumped for a lame reason. As his girlfriend Beth puts it, “I think it’d be in my best interest if I dated somebody more popular. Better looking. Drived a nicer car.” Lane then attempted to kill himself numerous times, all unsuccessfully, before realizing that life can get better. Cusack does a great job playing the unlucky romantic. You can add Hoops, Lloyd Dobler (“Say Anything”) and Walter Gibson (“The Sure Thing”) along with Lane as my No. 10 favorite movie character.
Star Wars: Episodes I – VI
Played by Kenny Baker
Memorable Quote: “Beep, Beep, Beep…”
The true hero of the Star Wars saga. Whenever there was a problem R2-D2 was there to solve it and most of the time the poor droid didn’t even get props for it. He delivered the Death Star plans as he was told to do, he got Luke to meet up with Obi Wan Kenobi, he helped them escape fromCloudCity, and got the Millenium Falcon into hyperspeed, shall I go on? He’s cute, he’s funny, he’s a hero and he’s underrated…oh, and I don’t care what you all think, he and C3-P0 are loyal friends and NOT gay!
8. Dr. John “JD” Dorian
Played by Zach Braff
Memorable Quote: “Appletini, easy on the ‘tini.”
From the minute I started watching “Scrubs” (midway through Season One) I began to relate to JD. He’s funny, sensitive, talks to himself, daydreams, keeps a journal and he likes girlie drinks. Yah, I could relate.
7. Clark Griswold
National Lampoon’s Vacation, European Vacation and Christmas Vacation
Played by Chevy Chase
Memorable Quote: “Hey. If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I’d like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey shit he is. Hallelujah. Holy shit. Where’s the Tylenol?”
As I continue to get older I see myself more and more becoming like Clark Griswold. The guy that plans the perfect family vacation yet overdoes it. Then he loses his cool because nothing went perfect. That’s me, always planning something way in advance and then getting upset because it didn’t go exactly how I envisioned it. He’s a family guy that loves to spend time with his family – me too!
6. Martin Blank
“Grosse Pointe Blank”
Played by John Cusack
Memorable Quote: “If I show up at your door, chances are you did something to bring me there.”
The second John Cusack character on my list. However, unlike Lane Meyer, I can’t really relate to Martin Blank. Martin is cool in a way only Cusack can be cool. He’s a professional killer that goes back to his 10-year high school reunion in search of himself. And he finds it while staring in the eyes of a classmate’s baby. What makes this character special is that while his profession is so cruel he’s just a normal guy trying to straighten out his life. We can all relate to that at some point in our life, the straightening out our life part, not the killing people then trying to figure out…ahh nevermind.
5. Irwin M. Fletcher
Played by Chevy Chase
Another one of those characters that I wanted to be like. He’s funny, quick-witted and he’s a journalist. Chevy Chase has always been one of my favorite actors and to me Fletch was his best role. It’s funny hearing rumors that two of my other favorite actors, John Cusack and Zach Braff are rumored to play Fletch in an updated version. Anywho, I’ve learned a lot about wit and sarcasm from growing up watching Chevy Chase in the Fletch movies, it’d be a shame to see someone else in that role.
4. Harry Burns
“When Harry, Met Sally…”
Played by Billy Crystal
Memorable Quote: “Had my dream again where I’m making love, and the Olympic judges are watching. I’d nailed the compulsories, so this is it, the finals. I got a 9.8 from the Canadians, a perfect 10 from the Americans, and my mother, disguised as an East German judge, gave me a 5.6. Must have been the dismount.”
I’ve learned a lot about male-female relationships from Harry Burns. He’s funny, witty, can be charming, yet annoying. I can relate to that. I remember the first time I saw this movie. I was alone, bored and feeling in the mood for romantic comedies. I watched this one and instantly fell in love. I sound like a chick! Anyway, Harry was hilarious, his thoughts and feelings about relationships were right on and the reasons he used to explain why men and women can’t be friends and about his divorce and about the post-divorce depression were amusing. The script was perfect and Billy Crystal delivered his best as Harry Burns.
3. Ross Geller
Played by David Schwimmer
Memorable Quote: “First divorce: wife’s hidden sexuality, not my fault. Second divorce: said the wrong name at the altar, kind of my fault. Third divorce: they shouldn’t let you get married when you’re that drunk and have stuff drawn all over your face, Nevada’s fault.”
The best line I could find. There are plenty of others that I loved but I chose this one because this explains Ross and his bad string of relationships. Ross was the main reason I became addicted to “Friends”. And I was addicted. I had 30 tapes full of every friggin’ episode (thank God for DVDs, I now own all 10 season). I had a folder full of the episodes and I gave every one of them a grade. I loved the Ross and Rachel on-again, off-again, relationship, especially in the early years, and when Dennis, Ian Dowrey and I were hanging out I was comparing us to Joey, Chandler and Ross, respectively. I could relate to Ross’ dry, dumb sense of humor and the way he tried so hard in relationships yet never succeeded. Even now Ross is close to me, as our answering machine message is the same as the one he did while living with Joey and Chandler, (sung to Queen’s “We will rock you”) “We will, we will, call you back.”
2. Josh Baskin
Played by Tom Hanks
Memorable Line: Susan – “Well, I mean I like you and I want to spend the night with you….” Josh – “Do you mean sleep over?” Susan – “Well,…yeah!” Josh – “Okay! But I get to be on top!”
You know those silly polls that asked what character best explains you, or even when people ask about you? I always answered with… “do you know Tom Hanks’ character in ‘Big’? That’s me.” And it is. I’m a kid inside a (almost) 30-year-old body. Just ask Lis! I could’ve gone with Peter Pan but I never looked good in tights, plus I wanted a job like Josh Baskin – testing toys. I related to everything he did (including the first time he kissed Susan). It’s a great movie and Tom Hanks does a great job as Josh Baskin.
1. Luke Skywalker
Star Wars: Episodes IV – VI
Played by Mark Hamill
Memorable Line: “You’ve failed, Your Highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me.”
Who’d you think it would be? After all, I did name my kid after him – sorta. Actually Lis and I were going through names and she mentioned Lukas and I immediately agreed saying “How the heck did I not think of that?!? My boyhood hero!” Anyway, I pretended to be Luke when I was a kid, rescuing our babysitter from my brothers. I wanted to learn the Force (not that I don’t want to anymore but…), wanted to yield a lightsaber (again, not that I don’t want to anymore), and wanted to rescue the good from the evil. My favorite part of the original trilogy is watching Lukas’ maturation from a whiny cropduster to a Jedi Knight, someone feared throughout the galaxy, someone that will help bring balance to the Force.
Forrest Gump, “Forrest Gump”; Trent Walker, “Swingers”; Mike Peters, “Swingers”; The Dude, “Big Lebowski”; Dusty Bottoms, “Three Amigos”; Lloyd Dobler, “Say Anything”; Ty Webb, “Caddyshack”; Mitch Robbins, “City Slickers”; Pete Venkman, “Ghostbusters”.