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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Say Anything ...

As already stated in the first John Cusack post, Lloyd Dobler came in at Number 72 of all time greatest characters  beating out both Darth Vader at Number 84 and Captain Jack Sparrow at Number 87.

Tagline: "A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college."

This is a little bit of a problem as Lloyd's plans for the future are a little less clear.

Say's Lloyd: "I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career.  I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed or process anything sold, bought or processed or repair anything bought, or processed.  You know, as a career. I don't want to do that."

He has a nervous talking thing, as his best friend Corey points out.

Lloyd Dobler isn't a "guy".  He doesn't hang around with the "guys" at the corner market on a Saturday night bashing the women they could never get in the first place.  Lloyd's best friends are girls.  He can talk to them, understands them and that is what makes Diane Court fall in love with him.

"The world is full of guys," says Corey.  "Be a man.  Don't be a guy."

A young Cary Grant - sans accent -- could have played Lloyd   Or maybe David Niven. Some old time Hollywood personality who would bring to the stage the same qualities that the young, still getting his bearings, Cusack has brought.

Because John Cusack nailed it in this part.  A love them then loose them, only to love them again situation and he nailed it with all the finesse of a Hollywood Star.  He created a hero that, to this day, is a role model for the hopeless romantic.


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