So I thought this might be fun. Checking the stats from my website it seems I have the highest number of hits on Fridays. (I should have done this earlier today but I got distracted–it’s been a very busy, running-around kind of day.)
Anyway, I decided that to coincide with that, I should do some sort of special thing on Fridays–like a Friday Five but…well…not. (Not that I don’t enjoy Friday Fives, I just thought something else would be fun too.)
So here’s what I’m going to do. On Fridays I will blog about heroes. Book heroes, movie heroes, TV heroes…the heroes I love.
I’m starting this off with what I think is a rather odd choice, but I’m going to try to mix in some odd choices.
So the first ever Friday Hero is…Kid Sheleen, as played by Lee Marvin in the 60’s film Cat Ballou.
For those of you who haven’t seen this gem of a film, Cat Ballou stars Jane Fonda (who I don’t like, but she really is great in this and it’s one of the only two films with her in it my parents would allow my brother and I to watch) as a young schoolteacher who goes to visit her father in Wolf City Wyoming, only to find that her father’s life is in danger–the Wolf City Mining Corp. (I think) wants his water rights and they’re willing to kill him to get them.
So Cat does what any girl would do–she hires a gunslinger. Enter “Steel-Eye” Kid Sheleen…falling, drunk, off the bag of a wagon.
He’s a mess. He can’t pick up his guns, he has the shakes, he’s not very smart. He attempts to shoot a target on the broad side of a barn and of course misses the barn.
But the thing about Kid Sheleen is, it doesn’t matter, He’s still awesome. Watching him give a long, very intense speech (while drinking himself back to sobriety) about the life of a gunslinger (“because nobody don’t make no fun of a friend of Kid Sheleen”) is hysterical. He’s honorable. He’s tough. He fallas in love with Cat and when he realizes she doesn’t love him back he threatens to kill the guy she does love if said guy doesn’t go propose right that minute. And when it comes down to it, he sobers up, gets back in shape, and kills his own brother to keep Cat safe.
Plus he helps her rob a train.
And oh yeah, he’s Lee fucking Marvin, too. So I don’t even have to mention “sexy”. In the hands of a less talented actor Kid might have been pathetic, cheap comic relief–a caricature. Lee Marvin, though, makes him fully realized. He’s a rogue, he’s a tough guy, he’s vulnerable, he’s noble and crude, all at the same time. He may not be a typical hero…but he’s one of the first movie men I ever fell in love with as a little girl, and I think you all should go see the movie if you haven’t seen it already.
(I’m also going to try to talk about favorite books on Mondays. So start thinking.)