by Adam Riske and Rob DiCristino
Adam: My pick is Lt. William F. Kinderman, played by the amazing Lee J. Cobb in The Exorcist. There are a few reasons I identify with this character the most of any horror movie character. The most obvious reason is because he LOVES movies. He loves them so much that it seeps into his everyday life, including his profession. There is not a single scene in The Exorcist that doesn’t show Kinderman “on the job” and in each one of these scenes he initially (or eventually) breaks, stops talking shop and goes into a conversation about movies (at one point even asking for an autograph like a bashful fan). It’s not just generic movie talk, either, but rather specific moviegoer dilemmas like who will go with him to a particular movie, having passes to “the best shows in town” or which movie star his conversation partner most looks like.
Kinderman is the kind of guy who would be an AMC Stubs member, write for a film site, go to conventions or write a top ten list. He’s one of us.
Who’s your pick, Rob?
Rob: Nice one! I want to see the pilot starring you as the movie-loving cop. You’ve got the perfect name for it, too: Maximum Riske. Law and Order: Riske Business. We'll work on it. Anyway. My pick is Samuel, Noah Wiseman's character in The Babadook. He's a weird kid who drives his mom insane with his bizarre ticks and hobbies, which I can totally relate to. He doesn’t fit in with the other kids and ends up kind of victimized by his own imagination. I remember feeling left out at that age, even feeling like a burden on my single mom (she’d hate me saying that, but it’s true). Samuel doesn’t even realize how much stress he’s putting on Amelia; all he wants to do is keep her safe from monsters. I love how that feeds into his fixation with traps and weapons, too. He’s the man of the house, whether Amelia likes it or not. I can get behind that. There was always that sense that I had to be responsible and pull my weight for the family. Not in a pouty, “poor me” way, really; it actually came with a bit of pride. I think it does for Samuel, too.
Adam: This is one of the most thoughtful and heartfelt things I’ve ever read in my life.