So way back in November, I compiled my top 5 favorite original characters (that is, characters that first appeared as characters in the film I cited.) Now that I’m over the Oscars, it’s time for the long-delayed second post that gives my top 5 adapted characters. These peeps were originally elsewhere, be it a book, TV show or (gasp!) even a comic book. This set of characters is a bit more complex than the orignals; since these characters were originally created for another medium, the actor/actress that brought them to life on the big screen had more responsibility than had they portrayed an original character.
In no particular order, here are my favorite adapted characters; leave yours in the comments!
- Harry Potter, Harry Potter movies 1-8
OK, so I know I said no particular order, but Mr. Harry James Potter might be my favorite adapted movie character of all time. He’s such a dynamic character in the book series, that I, along with every other HP fan in the world, was wary that anyone could bring him to life on the big screen. But, Daniel Radcliffe turned out to be P.E.R.F.E.C.T. as Harry. Why do I love HP so much? Well, let’s see: he’s a great friend, he’s loyal, he’s brave and he puts his life on the line to defeat evil and avenge his parent’s death! C’MON! If that’s not the makings of a great character, I don’t know what is.
- Tony Stark, Iron Man
My lone fav from the comic world, Tony Stark is by far the most smokin’ character. Iron Man also seems to be the role that my real-life favorite Robert Downey Jr. was born to play. I could probably watch both Iron Man movies on a loop, and be happy with it. Tony Stark is very much like a honey badger in that “he doesn’t give a shit, he just takes what he wants.” Haven’t seen the honey badger? What a good excuse to embed it here for you! (You’re welcome)
Seriously though, I love me some Tony Stark. He’s charming, hilarious and swoops around in a badass iron suit, that he built in his secret genius lair. What’s not to love?
- Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City (more 1 than 2, but still…)
My only favorite character adapted from both the small screen AND book, Carrie Bradshaw is someone single girls everywhere strive to emulate. Doesn’t matter that the second movie kind of sucked; this character had the weight of 7 years of a successful show behind her as she made her big screen debut. Even if you’re not a Sarah Jessica Parker fan, you have to (should) admit that Carrie is a fabulous character. By no means perfect (she was almost the old lady who lived in her shoes), she went through almost every issue a single gal could go through, from all kinds of relationships and hilarious situations, all with her three best girlfriends at her side. The epitome of a chick flick/show, Carrie gets a special place on the list!
- Scarlett O’Hara, Gone with the Wind
Unsurprisingly, one of the most epic stories of all time produced one of the best characters the big screen has seen, even after all these years (GwtW hit the big screen in 1939!) Katie Scarlett O’Hara, played by Vivian Leigh, is an amazing character. Kind of a bitch and VERY headstrong, Scarlett was definitely a woman before her time. Accustomed to living in luxury, the Civil War did NOT agree with her. She was used to getting what she wanted and basically threw some out of control tantrums when she didn’t. Scarlett is not an easy character to like by a long shot; she tries to steal other people’s husbands, lies and cheats her way through life, all while looking out for number one. But, you still find yourself routing for her to survive, and as anyone who has read the book or seen the movie knows, survive she does.
- Michael Corleone, The Godfather part 1 & 2
With the caveat that it’s not OK to hit your wife when she wants to take the children out of the mafia family, Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone is an excellent, complex character in two amazing movies (I’ve still yet to see the third one, but hear I’m not missing out. True/false?) Created by Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name, Michael continues the theme of my love for characters who are badass, and might be the most badass of them all. Besides the murdering that happens in the mafia, Michael is a ultimately a man doing what he can for his family (both actual family and the “Family,” if you’re picking up what I’m putting down.) In both movies, you get to accompany him on a shall-we-say, unique journey, as he first strives to avoid his role in the mob, then comes to embrace and basically own it. Disclaimer: I’ve always had a strange affinity for organized crime; I blame this on “Married to the Mob,” as seen on 90’s network television.
So there you have it, my 5 adapted character favorites. Are any of your favorites here? Who’d I miss? Let me know in the comments!