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Who's the coolest character in a movie ever?


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> I'm sorry they never did a sequel. Lots of good actors were in that film.

 

I agree. A film trilogy would have been great. They certainly had the talent for it.

 

I saw the film on opening day at the Egyptian Theater all those years ago. Still one of my favorites.

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Ironically, Richard Boone played the heavy in *Hombre*, and he also played Paladin,also a very cool guy.

 

I'd also say that probably most guys, at least, consider Cool Hand Luke devouring all those eggs to be cool too, given the circumstances.

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I think it's cool that Luke can eat 50 eggs. You guys know, don't ya, that COOL HAND LUKE is a retelling of the story of Jesus?

 

The prisoners are Luke's disciples. The prison guards are the Romans. Luke eating the 50 eggs, plus winning the poker game, plus paving the road so fast are "miracles" he performs. The last time he escapes & prays in the old Church, it's him going up to Mt. Gethsemane. George Kennedy bring s the Romans to Luke before he is "crucified." Drag Line then becomes St. Peter spreading the Gospel. "They took him right down that road. They shoulda known they was never gonna beat him. Yeah, he was some boy. Cool Hand Luke, hell. He's a natural born world shaker. There's also tons of Christian iconography & symbolism peppered throughout the movie.

 

The man who wrote the novel, Don Pearce, was a prisoner in a chain gang in real life. He became a born again Christian when one night in total despair while in prison, he was reading the Bible. He came across Luke Ch.1 Verse 37 which says: "All Things are Possible with God." It turned his life around. Luke's number in prison (on the back of his shirt) is 37.

 

 

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Edd Byrnes as 'Kookie' in '77 Sunset Strip' ! B-)

 

 

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Flint certainly had a way with killer female robots.

 

He's also my favorite character in THE MAGNIFICENT 7. Note his intro in the film, he's makes an impression without one line of dialogue. A couple of his co-stars (we won't name names) were feuding over lines, close-ups and upstaging tricks, but Coburn barely speaks in the film and still I can't help but notice him.

 

DEAD HEAT ON A MERRY-GO-ROUND maintains its interest for me solely becaue of Coburn's charisma. He walks through the film totally in charge and there's no evidence of him going to the director and saying "give me more shots where I just stand there staring into space and looking cool."

 

 

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You're right, the thread title is "coolest character", not "coolest actor". There's nothing very cool about Mitchum's character in *Cape Fear*, or for that matter, *Night of the Hunter*. Creepy psycho killers are never cool.

So, yeah, I guess I was thinking more of Robert Mitchum's general "persona", his image. And in that category he cannot be beat as the ultimate cool actor.

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