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Best Character Introductions


#1

What are your favorite character introductions? You know, the ones that make you go “Holy shit, this dude’s awesome!”, or “This girl’s cool!” from the first seconds he or she gets introduced on screen? The way the director uses the camera to introduce the character to the film, you know that he/she’s gonna be a big deal and mean business. Some of my favs:



Kakihara - Ichi The Killer



Frank - OUATITW



The Terminator - The Terminator



Lisa - Rear Window



Alex - Clockwork Orange



James Bond - Dr. No



Pai Mei - Kill Bill Vol. 2



David - The Lost Boys





I’m certainly forgetting tons.


#2

1. Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach & Clint Eastwood - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

2. Charles Bronson - Once Upon a Time in The West

3. Lee Van Cleef - For a Few Dollars More

4. Sean Connery - Dr.No

5. Humphrey Bogart - Casablanca

6. Gian Maria Volonte - For a Few Dollars More

7. David Carradine - Kill Bill

8. Chow Yun Fat - The Killer

9. Tarantino & Clooney - From Dusk Till Dawn

10. Gordon Liu - Kill Bill Vol. 2



and Joaquin Phoenix - Walk The Line


#3

All the characters in Sergio Leones westerns.

One I especcialy like is:

  • John Mallory in Giu la Testa


  • Bill in Kill Bill Vol. 2

    It’s so great how you see his face for the first time.

#4

[quote=“Bad Max”]
Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach & Clint Eastwood - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Charles Bronson - Once Upon a Time in The West

David Carradine - Kill Bill
[/quote]

Those are mine too.



Funny how 2 of those people share the same introductory piece of music.


#5

[quote=“Bad Max”]
7. David Carradine - Kill Bill
[/quote]

I’ll agree with that.


#6

I love all of Scar’s picks.



Leone was the master of this. Every character intro for OUATITW is gold. Juan in Fistful/Dynamite might be my most favorite though.



Other fav’s:



John Shaft in Shaft

Honey Ryder in Dr. No

Quint in Jaws

Nightcrawler in X2

Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Massacre ('74)

Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

The Tooth Fairy in Manhunter

Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Kyuzo in Seven Samurai

Igor in Young Frankenstein

The Gorillas in Planet of the Apes (1968)

Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Jesus in The Big Lebowski

Chat in The Heroic Trio

Harry Lime in The Third Man

Jack Colton in Romancing The Stone

Darth Vader in Star Wars

Bluto and D-Day in Animal House

The Ghostface Killer in The Mystery of Chessboxing

The Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz

Satanico Pandemonium in From Dusk til Dawn


#7

[quote=“Laydback”]




John Shaft in Shaft

Honey Ryder in Dr. No

Jesus in The Big Lebowski

Satanico Pandemonium in From Dusk til Dawn

[/quote]

Damn, Forgot about those… Great choices :smiley:


#8

Satanco Pandemonium - From Dusk til Dawn



Chilli Palma - Get Shorty



Violet - Ultraviolet



Beatrix - Kill Bill 1 & 2



Travis - Taxi Driver



Al Capone - The Untouchables


#9

Ahhhh!!



Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames in Pulp Fiction. Of course!


#10

Roger Hill(Cyrus)-The Warriors "Can you dig it!?"



Damon Waynes-Major Payne



Sonny Chiba-Dragon Princess


#11

Eddie Murphy - Dreamgirls



George Clooney - Oceans 11 & Out of Sight



Don Cheadle - Out of Sight & Rush Hour 2



The Game - Waist Deep



Ice Cube - Boyz N The Hood



Larenz Tate - Menace II Society



Terry Crew - Friday After Next



Russel Crow - LA Confidential



Paris Hilton - PARIS HILTON SEX TAPE



Bruce Lee - Enter The Dragon



Jamie Foxx - RAY



Pam Grier - Coffy


#12

[quote=“Bad Max”]
Charles Bronson - Once Upon a Time in The West
[/quote]

Definitely the best.


#13

I’ll name the first I can remember



Ben - Blue Velvet

Quilty - Lolita

Drill instructor - Full Metal Jacket

Bela Lugosi - Ed Wood

That main guy in Les Diaboliques



This one I want to stress, one of my fav characters - Johnny Boy - Mean Streets, GREAT introduction



Mr. Blonde - Reservoir Dogs

Leatherface - Texas Chainsaw Massacre





Aaand - Mrs. Bates - Psycho


#14

John Travolta - Swordfish


#15

[quote=“Bleach”]
Mr. Blonde - Reservoir Dogs
[/quote]

Yes, of course…


#16

[quote=“Bleach”]
I’ll name the first I can remember



Ben - Blue Velvet

Quilty - Lolita

Drill instructor - Full Metal Jacket

Bela Lugosi - Ed Wood

That main guy in Les Diaboliques



This one I want to stress, one of my fav characters - Johnny Boy - Mean Streets, GREAT introduction



Mr. Blonde - Reservoir Dogs

Leatherface - Texas Chainsaw Massacre





Aaand - Mrs. Bates - Psycho

[/quote]

Drill Instructor, Full Metal Jacket



"who the fuck said that, who’s the slimy little fuck that just signed his own death warrant?"


#17

How about Jigsaw in Saw.


#18

[quote=“Kilgore Trout, back by popular demand.”]
Drill Instructor, Full Metal Jacket



"who the fuck said that, who’s the slimy little fuck that just signed his own death warrant?"
[/quote]

6 feet? Didn’t know they stacked shit that high


#19

[quote=“Bleach”]
6 feet? Didn’t know they stacked shit that high
[/quote]

I remember when I was in military school, EVERYONE was quoting that damn line! Argghhh!!


#20

[quote=“Kilgore Trout, back by popular demand.”]
Drill Instructor, Full Metal Jacket



"who the fuck said that, who’s the slimy little fuck that just signed his own death warrant?"
[/quote]

Marlon Brando - Apocalyps Now



William Defoe - Platoon



Michael J Fox - Casualties of War



Sean Penn - Casualties of War