As I was sitting back enjoying the 2000 version of Shaft, watching and chuckling at the performance of Jeffrey Wright as "Peoples" Hernandez, I thought… "Who are some of the coolest movie characters who weren't necessarily the stars of the movie that stole the show?" Well as you already know Peoples definitely made my list as I came up with four other characters that you have to check for in their respective movie. Here goes:
- 5) "Peoples" Hernandez (Jeffrey Wright, Shaft ) – Peoples is the neighborhood Drug Kingpin who aligns himself with a defendant in Shaft's investigation. Peoples is based on the eccentric Tony Montana, with his own sense of charisma, ruthlessness and one-liners. As he is schooling his latest employee in his "business procedures", Peoples commences to taking a dump during the process…this guy is so hardcore he even shanks himself… LOL. Check him out!
- 4) Lt. Col. Danny McKnight (Tom Sizemore, Blackhawk Down ) – While Blackhawk Down was a serious depiction of the Army Rangers conflict in Mogadishu, McKnight's fearlessness (whether based on the actual officer or just Sizemore's spin on the character) was admirable and at times made you chuckle. McKnight was in command of the convoy responsible for returning captured prisoners back to base. While his convoy suffered several losses, he kept them motivated and moving even at the expense of himself. Once he returned the prisoners to camp, he jumps immediately back into his vehicle and heads back into the firefight to provide support. Typical of McKnight is him introducing himself to an soldier who is in cover, while he is out in the open, in the middle of a firefight, with bullets landing all around him!
- 3) Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer, Tombstone ) – If I had to pick one person to stand by my side in ANY fight, Doc Holliday is my man! A Wild West gunslinger, Doc stood side by side with Wyatt Earp as he tried to maintain law in Tombstone, AZ during the late 1800s. Doc had a penchant for alcohol and death, especially since he was dealing with a bout of tuberculosis that had his health in decline. What wasn't in decline was his reputation, he was known for being a fierce gunslinger and those familiar with him believed it. Never one to back down from a fight, even when he could barely stand, Doc was good with the gun and slick with the tongue!
- 2) Mickey O'Neil (Brad Pitt, Snatch ) – Ahhh the Pikey! If you blink you won't get one word Mickey O'Neil is saying. Don't feel bad because neither did Turkish and Tommy and they have to go back to their murderous mob boss and give updates on him. This gypsy got involved with bare knuckle fights just to get his "ma" a new caravan; they thought he was a dumb, incoherent, drunk. They were right two outta three!
- 1) Roger 'Verbal' Kint (Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects ) – Where they get this lame from? That's the question you ask yourself when introduced to Verbal Kint. Verbal is a part of a criminal crew assembled to pull off a major heist, but has physical disabilities. Huh!?!??! You know he's going to be the downfall of the crew when the cops start asking questions. I say he's lame, not because of his physical disabilities, but Verbal is weak mentally… he doesn't have the toughness to be a criminal, but hey I wasn't the one to assemble the team. There will be no links to Verbal, to find out why he's my number one most intriguing movie character of all time, you have to watch the movie. If you have never seen it before I suggest you set aside about two hours for an enjoyable ride!