Hardly an original answer, but probably Duckie (minus the hipster wardrobe). If it helps, I still aspire to be more like Lloyd Dobler, maybe my favorite movie character of all time.
Hate to say it but at a time in my life it was Kristin Wiig in Bridesmaids
Except your cupcakes were gross and poorly crafted.
His cupcakes are some of the finest cupcakes ever to be crafted. His samosas maybe not, but the cupcakes are heavenly. Anyway, Adam I hear that, I have been there myself!
Rob Gordon in High Fidelity and Lane Meyer in Better Off Dead.
William Holden at the beginning of Sunset Boulevard
So, dead? ;)
Emma Greenway in Terms of Endearment. My mother was Aurora LOL.
Not that I don't enjoy having a family; but Paul Rudd's character in Knocked Up (especially the fantasy baseball scene) really spoke to me. I probably sound like a dick but hey ho!
After some thought, I think it would have to be Alvin York in the classic Sergeant York. Not to say that I think I would be a war hero, but I definitely identify with his character from the first half of the movie. He's kind of a hellraiser that finds religion and actively tries to live by a personal code. He doesn't have much but he also doesn't really want much. Just a girl and a slightly better way of life. Eventually, he goes through a great moral conflict where his personal code of non-violence is challenged by the needs of the greater good of the war. He's a surprisingly complex character when compared to most "humble simpleton" roles in cinema, and he's one of the few great Southern characters.
Scott Pilgrim, Phil Connors from Groundhog Day, and Ludovic from My Life in Pink
It would have to be Mason for Boyhood, since that movie is pretty much my life to a frightening degree. My second choice would be Cameron from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
David Collins. I'm just here to help y'all out.
One of the reasons Almost Famous is my favorite movie of all the movies is because I want to be, and to an extent identify with (minus the whole "traveling around with rock stars" thing), William Miller. Mostly, the identification comes in the form of personality and love of music and writing.Also, Scott Pilgrim.
John McClane and Joe Hallenbeck mixed with Lloyd Dobbler and Rob Gordon.
Mixed with Buggin' Out and Jack Burton with a dash of Shelly "the Machine" Levine and Kenny Powers.
Billy Brown from Buffalo 66. Because when my team loses I take it very personally.
that movie spans time.
From my late teens to early twenties John Cussack's character in "Say Anything..." Now in my mid thirties I don't know; I would like to think Dutch in Predator.
Hmm. Probably Hudson from Aliens. We tend to handle crisis situations in about the same way.
tim roth in gridlock'd. without the aids and heroin.
Crocket Miami Vice 2006.
It would have to be either Miles Raymond in Sideways or "Our Man" in All is Lost.
Wow, Matt, if I had to pick two it would also be Miles and Our Man, Sideways being a contender for my favourite film of the 00s, while All Is Lost topped my list last year. Actually, Miles would be the guy I identity with and Our Man the one I aspire to be. Or, put another way, maybe after Miles comes Our Man. Hmmmm, quite revealing about age, state of mind, etc ;-)
When I watched All Is Lost, I lost all objectivity, because, on a metaphorical level, I just felt like I was watching a film about me. Your words remind me of a marvelous quote from Chuck Jones, who once said, "Bugs Bunny is the person I hope I can be, and Daffy Duck is the person I fear I am."
Sounds like a good experience with All Is Lost. For me it was more like a primer.Interestingly, I have not found anyone who's as enthusiastic about the film as I am. I think that it either speaks to you and is AWESOME, or it does not and then it's just a film about a guy in a boat.Great quote from Jones, BTW; I get that.
Im gonna go for Jamie Kennedy in Scream. Aka Randy meeks. Im just kinda a geeky kid who loves horror movies. Not very flattering I know. Or maybe Lester burnham in American Beauty. Trapped in the same job for years and planning to escape
Benjamin Braddock during his graduation party.
It's funny that Mike brought up this character in Growing up Nerdy the same week as this question due to my answer being Elsa from Frozen. I am not sure what people might think of that initially. A lot of reactions to my huge love of Frozen is greeted by the eye-rolling which might be the most frustrating response to anything ever. The 'Do you want to build a Snowman' sequence makes me tear up whenever I see it. It just makes my soul explode instantly and I love every beat, especially involving Elsa. That journey she goes on and the way that Idina voices certain lines like 'then leave' just *sigh*. If any of you have the chance please watch Stay Strong by Demi Lovato, it is a wonderful raw documentary on what it feels like to have a mental illness, whilst being incredibly inspiring (not unlike Frozen, bar the documentary part *queue joke*). Demi's story basically inspired thousands of young people everywhere to get help for their mental illness or eating disorders (including myself). I have spoken to these young people and heard their stories and I can tell you now having a character like Elsa in Frozen, where we see the effects on negative words (bullying) can have on someone; as well as what it is like to feel like to have Depression, whilst also showing that it is possible to be able to Stay Strong and be able to try and get better, is just so important and moving to me. Once you have spoken to people like that and seen demi's story as well as Idina's speech at the Billboard awards, I think Let it Go will have even more beauty to you. Though I hope you don't ever feel as connected to Elsa as I do, because I wouldn't wish it on anyone, I do hope that those who see it can understand and sympathize with her, what a great film for young children to be watching on a loop. P.s. Also Daisy Gamble from On a clear Day, such an oddball in the best way. I wish I was more like the best way part but I try to take some inspiration from her. As well as Elphaba from Wicked the musical. Everyone deserves a chance to fly.
I didn't think I had one until you mentioned portrayals of depression and Leonard Kraditor popped into my head. In Two Lovers Joaquin Phoenix was spooky in how well he portrayed a depressive slightly bi polar personality. Ugh. At least I don't live with my parents.
Charles I'd love to talk to you some time. Join twitter for Fthismovie fest and say hi, we have quite a bit in common. :) (@GabbyFerro01).
Jar Jar Binks - everyone I know hates me.
At my worst, probably Miles from Sideways
Ally Sheedy;s character in "The Breakfast Club"
Oh! In my high school days, especially, I was definitely an Anthony Michael Hall type with maybe a little bit of Ally Sheedy mixed in. I was a loner nerd. It was a terrible time in my life, mostly.
Ghost Dog, from "Ghost Dog"
Adam Sandler's character in Punch Drunk Love.
After having someone explain the movie enemy to me in detail. I have to say Jake Gyllenhaals character from enemy.