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They're nuts! A crazy movie characters tournament!

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by SteveGon, Jan 18, 2003.

  1. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Welcome to my Crazy Characters Tournament [​IMG]
    Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
    who's the craziest of them all?
    Okay, I'm not really making light of a serious topic, but it's always interesting (and sometimes cathartic) to see actors playing psychotic characters - and they seem to enjoy it.
    Anyway, who can forget Travis Bickle's mirror monologue, Colonel Kurtz's corpse-strewn compound, or Norman Bates and his mother?
    That's what this tourney is all about - we're going to find out just which movie character is the nuttiest of them all.
    The List
    1. [*]The Abyss - Lt. Coffey
      [*]Aguirre: The Wrath of God - Don Lope de Aguirre
      [*]American Psycho - Patrick Bateman
      [*]Apocalypse Now - Colonel Kurtz
      [*]Batman - The Joker/Jack Napier
      [*]A Beautiful Mind - John Nash
      [*]Blue Velvet - Frank Booth*******
      [*]The Bride of Frankenstein - Dr. Pretorius
      [*]The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - Dr. Caligari
      [*]Cape Fear - Max Cady
      [*]Carrie - Margaret White
      [*]Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Roy Neary
      [*]The Deer Hunter - Nick
      [*]Dracula (1931) - Renfield
      [*]Dr. Strangelove - Dr. Strangelove
      [*]Dr. Strangelove - General Jack D. Ripper
      [*]Event Horizon - Dr. Weir
      [*]Fatal Attraction - Alex Forrest
      [*]Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Raoul Duke/Hunter S. Thompson
      [*]Fight Club - The Narrator
      [*]Frailty - Adam Meiks
      [*]Frankenstein - Victor Frankenstein
      [*]Full Metal Jacket - Private Pyle
      [*]Goldfinger - Auric Goldfinger
      [*]In the Mouth of Madness - John Trent
      [*]Interview With the Vampire - Lestat de Lioncourt
      [*]The King of Comedy - Rupert Pupkin
      [*]King Kong - King Kong
      [*]Little Shop of Horrors - Orin Scivillo, D.D.S.
      [*]The Lord of the Rings - Gollum
      [*]Martin - Martin Madahas
      [*]Misery - Annie Wilkes
      [*]Mulholland Dr. - Betty Elms/Diane Selwyn
      [*]Network - Howard Beale
      [*]The Night of the Hunter - Reverend Harry Powell
      [*]The Ninth Configuration - Killer Kane
      [*]101 Dalmatians - Cruella De Vil
      [*]Pi - Max Cohen
      [*]Pink Floyd: The Wall - Pink
      [*]The Pink Panther Strikes Again - Chief Inspector Dreyfus
      [*]Platoon - Sgt. Barnes
      [*]The Producers - Franz Liebkind
      [*]Psycho - Norman Bates
      [*]The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Riff Raff
      [*]The Ruling Class - Jack Gurney, the 14th Earl of Gurney
      [*]Santa Sangre - Fenix
      [*]Se7en - John Doe
      [*]The Shining - Jack Torrance
      [*]The Silence of the Lambs - Hannibal Lecter
      [*]Sisters - Danielle Breton/Dominique Blanchion
      [*]Speed - Howard Payne
      [*]Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - Khan Noonien Singh
      [*]A Streetcar Named Desire - Blanche DuBois
      [*]Sunset Blvd. - Norma Desmond
      [*]Taxi Driver - Travis Bickle
      [*]Things To Do in Denver When You're Dead - Critical Bill
      [*]To Die For - Suzanne Stone Maretto
      [*]Tombstone - Johnny Ringo
      [*]The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - Fred C. Dobbs
      [*]12 Monkeys - Jeffrey Goines
      [*]2001: A Space Odyssey - HAL 9000
      [*]Unbreakable - Elijah Price
      [*]Vertigo - John 'Scottie' Ferguson
      [*]White Heat - Cody Jarrett

    Wild Card List
    1. [*]The Abominable Dr. Phibes - Dr. Anton Phibes
      [*]The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai - Lord Whorfin
      [*]Affliction - Wade Whitehouse
      [*]Akira - Tetsuo Shima
      [*]Arsenic and Old Lace - Aunt Abby & Aunt Martha
      [*]The Bridge on the River Kwai - Colonel Nicholson
      [*]The Caine Mutiny - Captain Queeg
      [*]The Conversation - Harry Caul
      [*]Dead Ringers - Beverly & Elliot Mantle
      [*]Dirty Harry - Scorpio Killer
      [*]Halloween - Dr. Sam Loomis
      [*]Harvey - Elwood P. Dowd
      [*]Heavenly Creatures - Pauline Parker & Juliet Hulme
      [*]Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer - Henry
      [*]The Hitcher - John Ryder
      [*]The Invisible Man - The Invisible Man
      [*]Lolita - Humbert Humbert
      [*]Memento - Leonard Shelby
      [*]Payback - Porter
      [*]Peeping Tom - Mark Lewis
      [*]Police Academy - Zed
      [*]Reservoir Dogs - Mr. Blonde
      [*]The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Dr. Frank N Furter
      [*]Romeo is Bleeding - Mona Demarkov
      [*]Seven Samurai - Kikuchiyo
      [*]Spider-Man - Norman Osborne/The Green Goblin
      [*]The Talented Mr. Ripley - Tom Ripley
      [*]Targets - Bobby Thompson
      [*]The Tenant - Trelkovsky
      [*]Tenebrae - Peter Neal
      [*]What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? - Baby Jane Watson
      [*]A Woman Under the Influence - Mabel Longhetti
     
  2. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    The following are suggestions, not nominations - you'll have to do that yourselves. [​IMG]
    Megalomaniacs with an axe to grind:
    Aguirre: The Wrath of God
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Deadly obsessions/paranoia:
    Vertigo
    The Conversation
    Fitzcarraldo

    Crazy for their mothers:
    Santa Sangre
    Psycho
    White Heat

    The Big Apple can drive you crazy:
    Taxi Driver
    Fingers

    Biblical nuts
    Se7en
    Night of the Hunter

    War is hell on the psyche:
    The Ninth Configuration
    Apocalypse Now

    Odds and ends:
    Targets
    Peeping Tom

    Again, those should give you an idea of what we're looking for. I reserve the right to throw out any nominations I deem unfit. [​IMG]
    When nominating, please give both the movie title and the character name, as well as a brief plot synopsis if the film is relatively unknown. Thanks!
     
  3. Richard Kim

    Richard Kim Producer

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    I'd like to nominate:
    Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver
    Norman Bates in Psycho (1960)
    Jack Torrance in The Shining (1980)
    Col. Kurtz in Apocalypse Now
    The Narrator in Fight Club
    Gollum in LOTR: The Two Towers (obsessed with something to the point of it consuming their lives.)
    Hope that's not too much to handle. [​IMG]
     
  4. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Good picks!

    One thing: let's stick primarily to human characters. Gollum is fine, and I'll accept a few other non-human entries, but let's not overdo it. Thanks!
     
  5. ChuckDeLa

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    Sounds like fun, I'll chime in with my noms and seconds a little later.

    In the meantime... people, while you're pondering your nominations for this tournament, PLEASE don't neglect the epic Characters Tournament that Vickie is running! She's put a lot of work into it, but we need more people providing their input!! Right now, only about 5 people are contributing. Nominations are still open!
     
  6. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    nominations
    Private Pyle Full Metal Jacket
    Reverand Harry Powell Night of the Hunter
    Nick The Dear Hunter
    second
    Jack Torrance Stanley Kubrick's The Shining
    Gollum Lord of the Ring: The Two Towers
    Travis Bickle Taxi Driver
    Norman Bates Psycho
    I have two noms, 1 second, and all my thirds.
     
  8. Vickie_M

    Vickie_M Producer

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    Thanks Chuck!

    Nominate:

    Bess McNeill - Beaking the Waves (Emily Watson)

    Grima Wormtongue - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Brad Dourif)

    Charles Bushman - Sling Blade (J.T.Walsh)

    Don Lope de Aguirre - Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Klaus Kinski)

    Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - Fitzcarraldo (Klaus Kinski)


    Second:

    Apocalypse Now - Colonel Kurtz
    The Deer Hunter - Nick
    Fight Club - The Narrator
    Full Metal Jacket - Private Pyle
    The Night of the Hunter - Reverend Harry Powell



    Third:

    The Lord of the Rings - Gollum*
    Psycho - Norman Bates*
    The Shining - Jack Torrance*
    Taxi Driver - Travis Bickle*
     
  9. ChuckDeLa

    ChuckDeLa Screenwriter

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    Boy, this was a hard list to narrow down!

    Nominate:
    Frank Booth - Blue Velvet (Dennis Hopper)
    Howard Beale - Network (Peter Finch)
    Rupert Pupkin - The King of Comedy (Robert DeNiro)
    HAL 9000 - 2001: A Space Odyssey (Douglas Rain)
    "The Mantis" - Red Beard (Kyoko Kagawa)


    Second:
    Bess McNeill - Breaking the Waves (Emily Watson)
    Don Lope de Aguirre - Aguirre: The Wrath of God (Klaus Kinski)



    Some more I would have nominated if I had more noms (hint hint!):
    Jeffrey Goines - 12 Monkeys (Brad Pitt)
    Leonard Zelig - Zelig (Woody Allen)
    Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper - Dr. Strangelove (Sterling Hayden)
    Donnie Darko - Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhall)
    Carol White - Safe (Julianne Moore)
    Bruno Antony - Strangers on a Train (Robert Walker)
     
  10. Bill J

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    Third:
    Apocalypse Now - Colonel Kurtz
     
  11. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Vickie and Chuck: I'm going to throw out Charles Bushman from Slingblade and "The Mantis" from Red Beard as they were minor characters with relatively little screen time. I know they were crazy, but I'd like to stick with characters that had bigger parts. Sorry, I should have clarified that. [​IMG]
    Chuck: good suggestions except for Carol White. I haven't see Safe for a few years, but I don't remember her as being crazy. Granted, she had a hard time dealing with her condition, but she didn't really go loco.
    Vickie: I'm not sure about Grima Wormtongue. Was he really crazy? I only saw TTT once (sorry) and I don't remember much about him.
    Has anyone else seen Fingers? Great movie with Harvey Keitel that came out a few months ago on DVD. I did a write-up on it in the Expanding Horizons thread.
     
  12. ChuckDeLa

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  13. Ric Bagoly

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    Nominate-
    Mr. Blonde aka Vic Vega-Reservoir Dogs (Michael Madsen)
    The Joker aka Jack Napier-Batman (Jack Nicholson)
    Billy Bibbit-One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Brad Dourif)
    Sir Edward Gull-From Hell (Ian Holm)
    Raoul Duke aka Hunter S. Thompson-Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (Johnny Depp)
    Second-
    Frank Booth
    Rupert Pupkin
    Howard Beale
    HAL 9000
    Third-
    Nick
    The Narrator
    Private Pyle aka Leonard Lawrence
     
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    Second:
    The Joker aka Jack Napier-Batman (Jack Nicholson)
    Third:
    HAL 9000
     
  15. ErikG

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    Nominate:
    Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) Silence of the Lambs
    Lt. Coffey (Michael Biehn) The Abyss
    Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) American Psycho
     
  16. Travis Olson

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    Noms:

    John Doe - Seven
    Howard Payne - Speed
    The Deacon - Waterworld
    John Trent - In the Mouth of Madness
     
  17. ErikG

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    Nominate:
    Dr. Weir (Sam Neil) Event Horizon
    Scorpio Killer (Andrew Robinson) Dirty Harry
    Second:
    Frank Booth-Blue Velvet
    John Trent-In the Mouth of Madness
    John Doe-Se7en
    Third:
    The Joker-Batman
     
  18. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Regarding Safe:
     
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    Ric, after giving it some thought, I'm going to toss Billy Bibbit - he just seems out of place here. If you'd like to nominate Pink from The Wall, I wouldn't have a problem with it. Granted, he had a drug problem, but the seeds of his insanity were planted long before that.
    And that's what I'm getting at here: I'd like to see more of the interesting headcases. Too many routine crazy/eccentric villains and this tourney would turn into a snoozefest. [​IMG]
     
  20. Rob Tomlin

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    Third: Rupert Pupkin
    Reverend Harry Powell
    Nominate Max Cady (Cape Fear 1991- played by De Niro)
     

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