Jennifer Pickrell

YA Writer

A collection of awesome

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The release of the movie The Expendables is in less than a month.

Umm…Rocky Balboa, Ivan Drago, Stone Cold, the Terminator, John McClane and Jet Li ALL in the same movie???

It’s a double-rainbow kind of line-up.

I’ve had rainbows on the mind this week because of this video – the guy is pretty much a double dose of double-rainbow himself.  He seriously made my week with his enthusiasm.

And also in videos/news, the D.C. metro area (Maryland side) was hit by a 3.6 magnitude earthquake this morning.  Crazy.

But back to the bad-ass collection of names in the movie.  It made me start thinking about my favorite badass characters from movies and TV.  These are the first that popped into my head (with some help from the hubby).

John McClane is right up there.  He has zingy one-liners and this damaged/sad quality that women love (Bruce Willis has this down to a T – see also 16 Blocks or Unbreakable). 

In the first Die Hard movie, McClane is a cop who rises to the occasion when baddies take over the building where his estranged wife is at a Christmas party.  He sneaks around, kicking ass and picking the terrorist off in an attempt to save his beloved. 

By the final movie, he’s so badass he can destroy a helicopter with a car. 

Next up is Cameron Poe from Con Air.  True, Garland Greene (played by Steve Buscemi) has most of the good lines (“Define irony. Bunch of idiots dancing on a plane to a song made famous by a band that died in a plane crash.”), but Cameron Poe (Nicholas Cage) is the kind of guy you want to root for. 

Poe is an ex-Army Ranger, locked up after accidentally killing a man (who he only fought because he was defending his pregnant wife).  Years later, he’s still just as noble, defending female prison guards from scumbag rapists, sending messages to the authorities written on dead bad guys thrown out of the plane, and sticking around in the chaos when he doesn’t have to because he wants to make sure his diabetic seatmate gets his insulin.

Third is pretty much every character Will Smith has ever played, but for my purposes I settle for Captain Steven Hiller from Independence Day.  Taking an alien down single-handedly (“Welcome to Earth!”) and then saving the entire planet.  It doesn’t get any more impressive than that (kudos also to David Levinson/Jeff Goldblum for the assist).

Then there’s Daniel Craig’s James Bond.  That one scene in Casino Royale where he’s poisoned by digitalis slipped into his drink at the table, gets up, shocks himself back to life (with a slight bit of help), and then goes back to the table, cool as a cucumber.  Yeah, I would have just died.  At the table.

And it’s not just dudes on my list.  Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman) from Kill Bill is what I wish I could be.  You know, if I knew the first thing about martial arts or about using a weapon without hurting myself.  She’s strong, smart and stays cool under pressure.  If I’d been buried alive, I would have stayed there until I died.  Well, first I would have panicked and cried and screamed.  I would NOT have stayed level-headed like she did.

Finally: Detective Elliot Stabler on Law and Order SVU played by Christopher Meloni.  He’s a tough guy, former military, who takes down the worst of the worst (sex criminals).  But he’s got his softer side – he struggles with his faith and he loves his wife and kids.  Taking down bad guys + devoted family man = hella sexy in my book (and it doesn’t hurt that Christopher Meloni is very attractive).

So there it is – if I’m ever in a jam, I’d like these characters as my back-up.  Not that I’d be out there fighting.  I’m not ashamed to admit, I’d be the one hiding under a table or in a cabinet.

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Author: Jennifer Pickrell

I write YA contemporary filled w/ romance, angst & family drama. Currently in the query trenches. My faves include: cats, snacks & green tea.

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