List: Lead Roles Where Character is First Introduced From Behind

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  1. rich_d

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    I was watching the film The Thin Man the other day and noticed how the lead character of Nick Charles (William Powell) is introduced to the audience from behind. He is first seen shaking a martini shaker in long view and then the camera comes up directly behind him for a close-up through the crowd.

    That got me to thinking about how effective and likeable I find this device and got me thinking about other films which took advantage of this to introduce the lead character (male of female). I then thought of:

    Indiana Jones
    James Bond
    T.R. Devlin (Cary Grant) in Notorious. Also, certainly one of the longest uses of the device as we see the back of his head for quite a while.

    So, what other notable lead roles can you add to the list?
     
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    Marcellus Wallace(Pulp Fiction)
     
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    First one that crossed my mind. Remember he had the bandaid on the back of his head.
     
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    Jack Sparrow
    Marty McFly
     
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    He's not a lead character, though...
     
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    Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark
     
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    I didn't read the post closely enough to see that he specified "lead" character. He was a mean motherf***er, though, so that's gotta count for something. [​IMG]
     
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    Scarlett Johansson has one of the best "behind" introductions of all time as "Charlotte" in Lost in Translation. [​IMG]
     
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    It was an ensemble piece.
     
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    Many pornos I've seen use this method.
     
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    Which means no lead character. Heck, even among the "lead ensemble" actors, Marcellus was secondary. The "leads" were Samuel L. Jackson - even if the Academy only nominated him for Best Supporting Actor - Travolta and Bruce Willis. Everyone else was supporting...
     
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    Though, as Morpheus, Laurence Fishburne only received second billing, the first time he is seen in The Matrix is from behind.
     
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    Brando in The Godfather.
     
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    Clint as Blondie in The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly.
     
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    True that.

    I thought of another protagonist, Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) in the film, 8 1/2. Even though he is featured from the get-go, we don't see his face until the five minute mark, when he gets up from being examined by a doctor.
     
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    Andy Garcia in Internal Affairs. (An somewhat obscure film to be sure but I just watched it today on Universal HD).
     
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    Harvey Keitel in MEAN STREETS. (Keitel is also introduced from behind in a supporting role in PULP FICTION).
     

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