I’m suffering a bit of writer’s block today on another project, so I’m gonna try to break through it with a simple post for Action Movie May. I didn’t ask Matt for permission to, BECAUSE I DO AS I WISH!! Besides, I feel kinda lame that I haven’t thrown in my two cents on Action Movie May, besides the occasional twitter zings about it. Also, it’s my last chance seeing as my LOLJK counterpart, Mr. Joey Reinisch will once again begin alternating posts with me starting next week. Yes, yes, I know you’ll all miss your weekly dose of my impeccable whit, creative cursing, and dick jokes. But just think about how much better my posts will be with an extra week to work on them!! (I will still write them the day before or of.)
Now. I jumped the gun about a month or so ago and wrote a post about our lack of modern day action stars. It was a piece I really enjoyed writing and that oddly enough lead to me discussing the subject with a number of industry professionals who were at one time involved with those films or share the same passion for the genre. It was refreshing and very surreal to have discussions I’ve had while blindingly drunk with my friends on countless evenings, with people who actually do this as their livelihood. Here’s the thing though, no matter who I was speaking to we all agreed on one thing: Kurt Russell. Now, that article focused a lot on the big action Joel Silver movies of the past and primarily on who I would call the “Heavy Weight” action stars of the time. Stallone. Arnold. But what we’re really missing now and the characters I’ve always REALLY enjoyed were the “Middle Weight” action stars. Bruce Willis. Mel Gibson (pre-Nazi bullshit). Patrick Swayze. And the shining star of them all, Kurt Russel. They played guys that could have been the average American man. They weren’t 250 lbs of muscle. They’re weren’t walking, human tanks. They were scrappy. They had ingenuity. And they always had a one-liner ready to toss out there before they broke a skull. Which in my book, is the most important aspect of an action hero. Quotability.
If Shane Black is the God of Action Movie May (and I assure you, he is). Kurt Russell is most certainly one of it’s greatest messengers.
Let’s get into it. Kurt Russell has inhabited some of the greatest action heroes of all time. And I think for a majority of the public, he sometimes goes overlooked when the title of “Action Star” is thrown around. This is a travesty. So let’s begin with probably his most well known character. And then end with my personal favorite of all time.