Friday, February 24, 2012
Remember if you will the sound track from what was my favorite cartoon as a child: Mighty Mouse. (Here I come to save the day!, best portrayed by Andy Kaufman in his stand up routine. Check it out here. Enter our modern day hero.
Who, you ask?
Well, let me just say I need a National Will Smith Day. He has been our most versatile actor for the past 10 years or more. Yeah, I said it. John Wayne always played himself. For that matter, so does Bruce Willis. We have actors that we love to watch no matter what they do, but it is because we love them. I think Will Smith is different. I find him more of a character actor than most of the mainstream actors, with a couple of exceptions. Brad Pitt does an incredible insane man....so does Leo for that matter.
But, Will. We should just take a day that we are all required (requested, sans penalties) to watch the man save the world over and over and over again.
To celebrate you could start with Men in Black, where he takes care of the socially acceptable aliens, then
onto Independence Day, where he vanquishes the evil ones.
Next, I Robot, and how Will saves the world from Robots running amok.
If you are still up for it, after all of that awesomeness, comes I Am Legend, our hero for curing the zombies who terrorize our dreams (and in this current society, our tv's and laptops). I am sure this is just a watered down version of the current plague of zombies set to a sound track.
Onto Hancock, a superhero with human frailties along with a great cast to support him.
Can anyone forget his selflessness as he portrays a dying man in Seven Pounds? (was that TMI for those who have not seen it?)
Throwback to a different style shows Will playing Hitch, the man able to connect true love for his clients; or finally, in the Pursuit of Happyness, we see him as one man able to overcome the odds and salvage himself and become a hero in his son's eyes.
It seems to me that Will projects an all around hero, able to tackle anything the world needs him for. We should hope he is planning on a routine drive-by focusing on vampires.
And for those of you who do not necessarily agree on him as the man of the hour, keep in mind my list offers you everything from comedy to drama, fantasy and science fiction. The renaissance man of film. Truly. Mighty mouse, the man. My hero.