Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Three Fictional Characters I'd Like to Meet


Hercule Poirot as portrayed by David Suchet—with his prissiness and formidible little grey cells attracts me. I find his quirks and mannerisms to be unique. I’m not sure how much of Poirot’s character is personified by Suchet, but he’s compelling with his reserved judgement, politeleness—while seething underneath. His compassion for the underdogs and servants, his phobias and neuroses completely misunderstood by the English temprament, thus, his friendship with colleague Chief Inspector Japp is endearing.  

It’s a toss-up between Captain Jean Luc Picard and Captain Janeway as they’re both Star Trek captains. When Picard says “Make it so,” it thrills me...he becomes godlike, in some sense, a captain is the god of his ship...Janeway interests me because she is a woman in a man’s role. She sticks to her guns, is forthright, will not be bullied, et her compassion is compelling. A good balance of male and female characteristics. The danger with choosing serialized TV characters is that the sometimes disparate personality map is built up over time, and one can’t help but associate the actor with the role.

Kate in Taming of the Shrew has admirable traits that have gotten her into trouble, she’s spoiled, self-indulgent and I’m not sure if I would want to tame her per se....though the play would be non-existent w/o her taming. I was not thinking of Taylor’s portrayal when I chose Kate...she’s a little too over the top. I do identify with Kate’s outspokenness and forthright character...she reminds me of myself, somewhat out of control, wanting but resisting and adamantly refusing taming or civilizing.

for Brighde Mullins' MFA class
4/17. 02

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