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Jcomp
07-02-2009, 01:59 AM
aka the Bobba Fett Award for "Character who is (or could have been) awesome and great but gets little screen time and / or killed off in an embarrassing, ignominious fashion."

Of course, keeping it in the Star Wars family, Darth Maul was the best thing in Phantom Menace and gets sliced in half while he's taunting like a sucka. General Grievous was a badass in the Clone Wars cartoon with a cool design and six light sabers but somehow got reduced to a wheezing, cowardly joke of a villain in Revenge of the Sith.

Your turn. Name 'em.

Kitty Pryde
07-02-2009, 02:07 AM
Aw, I thought this thread was for our favorite WASTED characters. I was gonna say the entire cast of "Spaced", and Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Gravity
07-02-2009, 02:13 AM
The paddleball guy in the original House of Wax. Yeah, I know he was just stuck in there as a come-on for the 3D effect but still...tres cool.

Kurtz
07-02-2009, 02:16 AM
aka the Bobba Fett Award for "Character who is (or could have been) awesome and great but gets little screen time and / or killed off in an embarrassing, ignominious fashion."

Of course, keeping it in the Star Wars family, Darth Maul was the best thing in Phantom Menace and gets sliced in half while he's taunting like a sucka. General Grievous was a badass in the Clone Wars cartoon with a cool design and six light sabers but somehow got reduced to a wheezing, cowardly joke of a villain in Revenge of the Sith.

Your turn. Name 'em.

I maintain that you could get a fucking cool film out of Phantom Menace if you just spliced together all the bits with Maul and then the last 10 minute fight. The rest can die on the edit room floor but whoever played Maul had a brilliant way of moving.

Jcomp
07-02-2009, 02:18 AM
Aw, I thought this thread was for our favorite WASTED characters. I was gonna say the entire cast of "Spaced", and Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Ha! Someone should do that thread too. Maybe we can have a crossover here...

Jcomp
07-02-2009, 02:20 AM
I maintain that you could get a fucking cool film out of Phantom Menace if you just spliced together all the bits with Maul and then the last 10 minute fight. The rest can die on the edit room floor but whoever played Maul had a brilliant way of moving.

Seriously, Darth Maul's intro scene when he shows up in the hologram behind the Emperor has to be a top 5 "first appearance" moment for any film character ever... and it only got better for him from there, up until his unfortunate demise.

blacbird
07-02-2009, 02:20 AM
Darth Maul could have been a really interesting character, but by the time he made Phantom Menace George Lucas had utterly forgot what characters were or why a movie might need some. Maul thus shows up and is nothing more than a fearsomely bedecked mannequin appearing here and there until he gets truncated. Even that fight scene wasn't particularly good. So if that's what you mean by "wasted character", I guess I would concur.

caw

10er
07-02-2009, 02:21 AM
All the characters from Aliens who got killed off for Alien 3. Major bummer.

Gravity
07-02-2009, 02:28 AM
All the characters from Aliens who got killed off for Alien 3. Major bummer.

QFT. Matter of fact I blogged about that very thing earlier today. Weird, ain't it?

10er
07-02-2009, 02:31 AM
QFT. Matter of fact I blogged about that very thing earlier today. Weird, ain't it?

'tis the hivemind. Resistance is futile, etc.

Disclaimer edit: I actually liked Alien 3. In fact I'm one of the 5 people in the world who think it's better than the first one. But that character kill-off was bullshit.

:Soapbox:

Kitty Pryde
07-02-2009, 02:32 AM
Ha! Someone should do that thread too. Maybe we can have a crossover here...

In tangentially related news, I once went to the movies with a very very very stoned friend. I believe the movie was Shrek. We sat in the top row. The theater was really crowded so a little 6 year old girl was sitting beside her, and the little girl's dad was sitting one seat below. The little girl was kicking her feet back and forth, looking all around at everyone below us with wonder (It was one of those really steep theaters with stairs for aisles). She turned to my friend and said, "I'm so high!"

And my friend, unable to come up with anything more profound, said, "Me too."

dgiharris
07-03-2009, 11:26 AM
As for the Phantom Menance. If they would have cut out the Jar Jar Binks time and given it to Darth Maul, the movie would have been a 100 times better.

As for another wasted character. I felt that the Penguins from Madagascar were sorta Wasted. They were so damn funny, could have easily stole the show.

Mel...

dgrintalis
07-03-2009, 12:26 PM
All the characters from Aliens who got killed off for Alien 3. Major bummer.

QFT.

thethinker42
07-03-2009, 12:51 PM
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i177/thethinker42/acorn-skrat.jpg

Lock thread.

thethinker42
07-03-2009, 12:52 PM
I maintain that you could get a fucking cool film out of Phantom Menace if you just spliced together all the bits with Maul and then the last 10 minute fight. The rest can die on the edit room floor but whoever played Maul had a brilliant way of moving.

It would have been uber-cool with a decent plot, too. The most entertaining thing about that movie for me is how annoyed my husband gets when I call it The Phantom Plot.

Kurtz
07-03-2009, 01:52 PM
It would have been uber-cool with a decent plot, too. The most entertaining thing about that movie for me is how annoyed my husband gets when I call it The Phantom Plot.

I don't really care about plot I just want to watch an African ballet dancer kick the crap out of Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor

thethinker42
07-03-2009, 01:58 PM
I don't really care about plot I just want to watch an African ballet dancer kick the crap out of Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor

I could go for that too. And maybe Natalie Portman too. Anything to shut her up before Revenge of the Sith...

"Anakin! You're breaking my heart!"
"Natalie! You're making me gag!"

Kurtz
07-03-2009, 02:24 PM
I could go for that too. And maybe Natalie Portman too. Anything to shut her up before Revenge of the Sith...

"Anakin! You're breaking my heart!"
"Natalie! You're making me gag!"

I'd blocked out Portman in those films. She started off rubbish but she's a pretty decent actress now (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8e6-IeQ0aw)

robeiae
07-03-2009, 03:11 PM
Christopher Walken's character--Vincenzo Coccotti--in True Romance. Once scene doesn't get you there. More, more, more!


Sicilians are great liars. The best in the world. I'm Sicilian. My father was the world heavy-weight champion of Sicilian liars. From growing up with him I learned the pantomime. There are seventeen different things a guy can do when he lies to give himself away. A guy's got seventeen pantomimes. A woman's got twenty, but a guy's got seventeen... but, if you know them, like you know your own face, they beat lie detectors all to hell. Now, what we got here is a little game of show and tell. You don't wanna show me nothin', but you're tellin me everything. I know you know where they are, so tell me before I do some damage you won't walk away from.

White-Tean
07-03-2009, 07:53 PM
So I read "The Pillars of Creation" by Terry Goodkind (I wouldn't recommend his writing) the one bit I liked was a snake. It was a cool snake who unexpectedly helped the main character and I think it then died in a really, really ignominious fashion. It was only in there for a few pages or something, but I was totally cheering it on. I read two other books from that series from him (that I also like this book picked up in the Library discard bookshop for $2 so not too much wasted) and they were both bland, long and not that great.

The snake was the only part of three long (and boy did they feel long) books I actively enjoyed. Like I said though, it was only in a really brief (but shining) appearance.


ETA: Just thought I'd make the point, at the beginning of Stardust by Neil Gaiman — chapter two rather, where we get into his story after seeing some of his father's, there is a story about a blue kitten who is some type of fey creature born of the farm cat which is given to Tristan (the main character) and only a page or less after we're told about this kitten it's total mention in this book if over. I found this character (the queer blue kitten) quite interesting but I didn't mind it not being brought up again as I think it's there to do (and does) a perfect job of showing, not telling the strange and random nature of magic in the book. So I thought I'd mention that as one time when a character I was interested in was mentioned and never used again, for the betterment of the novel.

maestrowork
07-03-2009, 08:05 PM
A little less popular and more obscure to the general public: Lola and Paul Marshall in Atonement. Yes, the "rape" sets off everything, and they serve their part in the story, but to me, they're two of the more fascinating characters in the whole thing, much more interesting, in fact, than the two romantic leads. Hated, perhaps, but interesting.

The bad guy in Casino Royale. OK, he played a mean game of poker. He tried to kill James Bond, and the "whack the balls" scene is hard to watch. But then what happened? Ding! and he's gone. Talk about the most stupidest demise of a villain in the history of Bond films (not to mention a DeM for Bond). WTF? And then they go off to some other things for another 40 minutes. In fact -- here's something for another thread -- the latest Bond films have some of the weakest villains. The guy in Quantum of Solace is a whimp. Where are the memorable villains of yore? Jaws? Odd Job? Goldfinger? Dr. No?

Kurtz
07-03-2009, 08:51 PM
http://www.imfdb.org/images/thumb/6/64/TDKRem870sawedoff-2.png/600px-TDKRem870sawedoff-2.png

Do you have any idea who you're stealing from? You and your friends are dead!

Why oh why won't you let William Fitchner be happy? All he wants is a major role as a bank manager yelling DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO YOU'RE STEALING FROM at mobsters? We know who they're stealing from Wiliam Fitchner, they're stealing from William Fitchner and despite never having actually stopped anyone from stealing your money you're still pretty badass.

Jcomp
07-03-2009, 08:56 PM
http://www.imfdb.org/images/thumb/6/64/TDKRem870sawedoff-2.png/600px-TDKRem870sawedoff-2.png

Do you have any idea who you're stealing from? You and your friends are dead!

Why oh why won't you let William Fitchner be happy? All he wants is a major role as a bank manager yelling DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO YOU'RE STEALING FROM at mobsters? We know who they're stealing from Wiliam Fitchner, they're stealing from William Fitchner and despite never having actually stopped anyone from stealing your money you're still pretty badass.

Extremely badass. You're outmanned and outgunned and you say screw it, I'm going out there to defend this hard earned (mob) money. And I'm gonna talk trash to boot. He was like somebody straight out of a great Western.

Kathleen42
07-03-2009, 09:37 PM
Wedge Antilles from the original Star Wars trilogy.
Sally Sparrow from Doctor Who Series III - provided she turned out to be a fobwatched Romana.

Celia Cyanide
07-03-2009, 09:56 PM
http://www.imfdb.org/images/thumb/6/64/TDKRem870sawedoff-2.png/600px-TDKRem870sawedoff-2.png

Do you have any idea who you're stealing from? You and your friends are dead!

Why oh why won't you let William Fitchner be happy? All he wants is a major role as a bank manager yelling DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO YOU'RE STEALING FROM at mobsters? We know who they're stealing from Wiliam Fitchner, they're stealing from William Fitchner and despite never having actually stopped anyone from stealing your money you're still pretty badass.

Well played! I love that guy! His little speech about how criminals in this town used to believe in things....honor...respect!

katiemac
07-03-2009, 09:56 PM
A lot of Harry Potter characters from the book are wasted in the film. Neville Longbottom is probably the most obvious. The Weasley twins, too.

I thought Marisa Tomei's character in The Wrestler was a waste, too.