Streaming Internet Theater: Tough Guy, eh?Thursday, June 10th, 2010
Father’s Day is fast approaching, and to get in the spirit early, here’s a trio of videos featuring some of my favorite Hollywood tough guys. I’m not much of one myself…Tough guy, I mean. I’m an excellent father. Who else would let his kids play with water and electricity at the same time? FUN! Anyways, while I might not be much of a tough guy, I certainly love to watch them kick ass, though! Well, let’s have a look at three of my favorite movie badasses, shall we? Oh, good…you’re still on board! Tough guys and the asses they kick after the jump!
Well, the first and most obvious would of course, be Clint Eastwood. They don’t come more hardassed than him, and while it’s arguable which is his best tough guy role, I just have to go with my favorite, Dirty Harry Callahan. Let’s take a look at what most people consider to be his most famous scene, shall we?
My second favorite man in this category is most people’s first: John Wayne. Well, my favorite movie of his is The Quiet Man (on of the better movies ever made) and it doesn’t really fit the category, as he goes through most of the movie trying not to fight other perrenial tough guy Victor McLaglen (He scares me!). Here instead is a scene from my second favorite John Wayne movie, Red River. Here, the Duke plays a cattleman whose girl was killed earlier in the movie. In the same wagon train was a little boy. Duke raises him and later, the two don’t see eye to eye. All I have to say is that even sitting down and drunk, John Wayne is scary. Montgomery Clift and John Wayne is an excellent scene from an excellent movie, Red River:
And, just to buck the system, I know that most of you would probably put Chuck Norris or even better Charles Bronsan in this place, but I’m going to go with someone more contemporary. Don’t get me wrong, I love Charles…and most of you, if you’ve been around this site, know my personal feelings on Chuck Norris. But, in this place today, I’m going with someone who’s a much better actor, with a much better rounded body of work: Kurt Russell. I love Kurt! He’s rarely made a bad movie, and even if the movie wasn’t great, he was usually great in it. While he played a hardass in any number of movies, I think his turn as Wyatt Earp in Tombstone was probably Kurt at his roughest, and it was GREAT! Let’s take a look, shall we?
Hell and yes! Now, let’s make certain we’re watching some tough guy cinema for most of June, and I’ll come back and visit this topic again in short order! There’s still plenty of tough guys to choose from! There’s Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Roundtree, etc, etc, etc. Almost everyone’s had a tough guy role at some point, and most are awesome at it. So, until that day…toughen up!