It’s been a slow day, saying goodbye to family and running errands. That doesn’t give a guy a lot to blog about. I’m watching old movies right now, really old movies.
I just finished Red River, and Fort Apache is coming on now. Hollywood used to maintain a group of character actors they could always count on. They generally played the same character over & over again, but I never got tired of them.
These fellows usually provided most of the charm, and elements of humor. Watching Walter Brennan gamble his false teeth away to an Indian got my mind to wandering. You always knew what you got with these guys. It could be Brennan, Slim Pickins, Dub Taylor, Chief Dan George, Mike Mazurki, or Victor McLaglen they always delivered something special.
Hollywood doesn’t do this any longer, and more’s the pity.
I try to add a bit of this to my fiction. Right or wrong, I think an ensemble cast needs a bit of character. There is a fellow named Ion in Panama who adds a bit of cheer. Roald, the dwarf, handles this job in The Cock of the South.
What’s your feeling on using characters with character? Do they bring spice to the recipe, or ruin it for you? Was Hagrid enjoyable, or did he detract from the Harry Potter books? In my mind, they make it all more realistic, and I will probably keep using them.