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Five Things’ Five Movie Characters Men Want To Be 5

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Men love role playing. They kick other men, punch evil goons, kill leaders of dark organizations, steal a sport car, ride a private jet, blow up an entire skyscraper and rescue damsel in distress. Men love getting in action, gets the girl, and saves the day. Men love movies, and they often wish they’re in one.

Every man has his own favorite movie character. It’s safe to say that most of their much-admired movie characters are powerful, rich, strong, or exceptionally different. Maybe it’s in their genes? Maybe it’s the effect of too much playing video games? Maybe they’re the victim of stereotypes? We might will never know. But, we do know that if you asked the guy next to you and say, “Do you like these movie characters?” we’re quite sure that they will like at least one of them.

Why? Because they’re extremely conflicted, extremely rich, extremely strong, extremely powerful, and extremely smart. Live to the extreme, guys.

These are Five Things’ Five Movie Characters Men Want To Be:

1. Darth Vader

“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”

Why not Luke Skywalker? We know, becoming a troubled talented young man who joined a rebellious group is very appealing, but you have to ask yourself who’s really cooler: the son or the father?

This evil overlord is so bad, you just can’t help yourself from loving him. Who wouldn’t want to be the mighty Lord Vader? Aside from his incomplete body parts and asthmaic breathings, he’s one badass movie character. Words won’t be able to completely sum up all of Darth Vader‘s awesomeness. You just have to see it to know for sure. Born as Anakin Skywalker, a highly talented kid, trained to be one of the best Jedi knights, and eventually killed nearly every living fellow Jedi, rose a feared leader, just to found out later that his annoying enemy was none other than his own son. Bummer.

This Sith Lord was portrayed on the silver screen by two actors. During the first trilogy, old Lord Vader was played by David Prowse and voiced by James Earl Jones. On the second trilogy, Anakin Skywalker was played by Hayden Christensen. Anakin Skywalker was portrayed as a talented young man with deeply vested fears and insecurities. Emo Vader wasn’t completely fun to watch, but to understand the whole story, you have to survive the entire screening. The Darth Vader he then became is the character we all came to love. A lonely boy, scared teenager, angry young men, evil dark lord, master flier, skilled fighter, ruthless leader, and a worried father. Darth Vader is all of us in one pack. He’s a legendary villain. And men want to be him.

As seen in: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi

2. Tony Stark

“Peace means having a bigger stick than the other guy.”

Why not Bruce Wayne? Bruce is a rich guy with lots of toys, many women to keep him company (albeit just for cover), he fly around town in night time with a scary suit and keeps bad guys at bay. Of course, men want to be Mr. Wayne, although sometimes they overlook the fact that he’s a lonely guy who spent a lot of time sitting alone in his dark cave. Bruce gets bruised everyday, newspapers love making wild rumors about him, and he doesn’t have many friends. That’s more gloomy than I intend to tell. Sigh.

Now, Tony Stark is a more colorful character. Tony’s movie version is eccentric, funny, charming, genius, crazy, and he clearly knows how to have fun. Armed with a high-tech metal suit, Tony Stark “privatized world peace” and fly from one place to another so stylishly, it almost felt guilty to be a superhero because it looks like so much fun.

Of course, it’s not easy to be Mr. Stark. He’s got a huge company to run, innovations to be constantly achieved, and bad guys to defeat. At least the good part is, if Wayne got the mighty reliable Alfred, Stark got the beautiful and efficient Pepper Potts. It’s clear now why I’d rather be Stark. Sorry Alfred, but Pott’s a pretty girl. I know Jarvis would agree with me.

On-screen Tony Stark is perfectly played by Robert Downey, Jr. The actor himself had a first hand experience of ‘being like Tony Stark’. His story of addiction and series of wild acts had long put him on tabloid covers. He’s older, wiser, and a lot more sober now, and he made a great Stark. Tony Stark is an awesome superhero. And men want to be him.

As seen in: Iron Man, Iron Man 2

3. James Bond

“The name’s Bond, James Bond.”

Why not Jason Bourne? Bourne kicks ass. He fought like a real secret agent, it made Bond guys looked lame. So lame, it turned dark-haired Bond into a blond man. How about it? Well, that’s not enough reason for me to want to be Bourne. I’d like to keep my memory intact, being an amnesiac is such a hassle. I’d like to lay back once in a while, and not having assassins following me everywhere. I’d like to drive nice cars and date pretty ladies. Say all you want, but I’d rather be Bond.

James Bond is a secret agent that doesn’t seem to act like one. He went everywhere, undisguised, used his real name, and destroyed things along the way. We expect secret agents to act secretively, but Bond seems to love doing things his own way. In real life, he could get killed in ten minutes, but James is lucky enough to survive in 22 movies without even losing a pinkie. He’s got all the luck in the world, and that’s how we want our characters to be. Not shaken, not stirred.

Bond is also supported by the latest cars and gadget. There’s always a special column that discussed Q‘s latest invention in every movie Bond’s in. He also a very flamboyant character among the ladies, and he successfully slept with numerous Hollywood beauties. Still think that it’s not fun to be Bond?

James Bond had been played by many actors. Sean Connery played in Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, and Diamonds Are Forever. George Lazenby played in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Roger Moore played in Live And Let Die, The Man With The Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, and A View To A Kill. Timothy Dalton played in The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill. Pierce Brosnan played in GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day. Daniel Craig played in Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace. The latest Bond installment put a rougher secret agent on the picture, and audience loved him. He’s not as flamboyant as the previous Bonds, not as pretty, not as lucky, not as dandy, but hey, he’s getting there one day. A Bond that knows Krav Maga, dates hot chicks, drives luxurious cars, acts without hesitation, and kills in cold blood. Now, that’s a good one. James Bond is a captivating secret agent. And men want to be him.

As seen in: All James Bond movie

4. Vito Corleone

“I’m gonna make him an offer he won’t refuse.”

Why not, oh hell, who could compete with Vito Corleone? Don Vito Corleone is the godfather. Loved and feared by many, he made his own way up, rose up to every challenge, and built his own empire. His efforts are not strictly speaking legal, and he is, by all means, a leader of a criminal organization. But you just can’t help to admire his wit, wisdom, and undeniable charisma. He’s the man you want to have support from, and he’s someone you wouldn’t want to mess around with. Afterall, he can always make an offer you just cant refuse.

The Sicilian man came to America as an immigrant, and started building his way up by doing small stuffs at first, and big things later. His presence in the criminal world was hard to ignore, and his enemies knew that young Vito Corleone got a major potential to be a head honcho. It didn’t matter to him, because Vito would do whatever is necessary to survive the game. Although he could kill a guy without even blinking, Vito is a family guy, and loving father. He kept his strong cultural influence close. He respect women and will do just about anything to protect the family he hold dear. His ambivalence does not made him a fictional character, it made him a man. A character you can accept as a real living individual.

Vito Corleone was played by two phenomenal actors. Young Vito was played by Robert De Niro, and old Vito was played by Marlon Brando. Both won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor respectively. Talking about making a strong appearance, huh. Vito is cold blooded and compassionate at the same time, a warm-hearted man with cold logic, brutal leader filled with mercy, and a powerful man with humble characteristics. Vito is a great godfather. And men want to be him.

As seen in: The Godfather, The Godfather Part II

5. Indiana Jones

“We do not follow maps to buried treasure and X never, ever marks the spot.”

Why not Jack Sparrow? Or Rick O’Connell? Because Indy had been on screen a long time, played in more movies, and a favorite of many. Indiana Jones made you think that archaeology is hot, and the dangerous adventures in search of historical relics are fun games. You can keep the experience, the girl, and the adventure, but you can’t keep the relics. As the modest professor always said, they all belong to the museum.

It’s hard to be Indy. He always met nasty enemies, be it some scary locals, greedy rivals, the legendary Nazi guys, or snakes. He’s not the best fighter around, he gets captured, beaten, faced one execution after another, and he faced all this only armed with a whip. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas can be mean sometimes. Good thing Indy possessed a combo of great intelligence and luck, he managed to escape one near death experience after another. Pheww.

The explorer’s real name is Henry Jones Jr, but he decided to keep the name ‘Indiana’ because, well, God knows why. Maybe he loved his dog so much? Indy taught archaeology at the university, but he seemed to be absent often because he always ended up hunting some treasures and relics and solving mysteries. Being an academician didn’t make Indy a full-fledged geek or a bookworm. Indy, on the other hand, was famous among his female students, and never failed to charm a girl on all his adventures. His travels takes us to exotic places, life-threatening situations, great escapes, and all packed inside a clever plot and smart lines. It’s impossible not to admire Dr. Jones.

Indiana Jones was played by Harrison Ford, who turned the adventurous professor into a cinematic icon. The role was played perfectly by Ford. A great acting performance, wonderful script, and masterful direction immortalized Indy as a model for every adventurer that came on the silver screen afterward. When there’s adventure, there’s Indy. Indiana Jones is an exceptional adventurer. And men want to be him.

As seen in: Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skulls

That’s it from Five Things. We hope you enjoy our picks. If you don’t, well, you can choose other alternative characters. If you want to be an extremist, try Tyler Durden. If you want to be a cop, try John McClane. If you want to be save mankind, try Superman. If you have a different pick, tell us. See you on the next Five Things.

Sources:

Darth Vader
Tony Stark
No. 4 Stark, Tony
No. 7 Wayne, Bruce
James Bond
Vito Corleone
Indiana Jones
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Image Credit:

- Michal Zacharzewski

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  1. indobrad says:

    I would love to be Vito Corleone; I could purchase a country in Africa if I want to and rule with iron fist. There’s always a catch, though: I must wear bulletproof vest wherever I go.

    “There’s a pebble in my shoe”

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  3. Montoq says:

    pengennya sih jadi toni stark, apa daya lebih cocok jadi Hulk..

  4. The Editor says:

    Opa Brad:
    Wkwkwkw, with all that money, I think you can afford a special tight-fitting kevlar that’s comfortable to wear. That way, Don Bradley won’t be having any fashion problems with his tux. :) )

    Hulk:
    Obaiklah kalo begitu. :) ) Gw sih ogah jadi Hulk. Boros banget, kerjanya beli baju melulu. Abis tiap transform sobek lagi sobek lagi sih… -_-

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