“Well. Hmmhmmhmm. Because, if the gunner had shot the pod that C-3P0 and R2 were in, they wouldn’t have got to Tatooine, they wouldn’t have met Luke, Luke wouldn’t have met Ben, they wouldn’t have met Han and Chewie, they wouldn’t have rescued Princess Leia. None of it would have happened.”
That of course was Tims (from the brilliant TV series Spaced) rather simple yet utterly genius matching of chaos theory and Star Wars, obviously a popular pairing. Films are clearly driven by their main characters, but it’s interesting to see those small actions made by apparently unimportant characters make all the difference. It’s about time these unnamed, mute and unknown cast members are given their due.
Unknown woman that shoots Joe Chill in Batman Begins- The murderer of Bruce Wayne’s parents is on his way to court, he is testifying against the most infamous crime boss of Gotham to shake off some jail time. A younger Bruce however has plans of his own, planning to avenge his parents, he brandishes a pistol with a bullet waiting for Joe. However an assassin sent by Falcone beats him to it. A woman whom has around 3 seconds screen time, says three words and is never again mentioned in the trilogy is responsible for Wayne’s transformation into the Dark Knight. If Wayne would have shot Joe, he would have gone to jail, that means no Batman, no Joker and heaven forbid no Dark Knight Rises, Thanks lady.
Italian fisherman from Bourne Identity- Jason Bourne is adrift somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea, with two gunshot wounds and only a life jacket keeping him from drowning, we can assume a few more hours would have finished the super assassin off. However due to the efforts of an unnamed fisherman that spots him, Bourne is saved and we are given one of the best action trilogy’s ever made. The guy was even wearing glasses, what if he hadn’t been wearing them. If there was a list for inanimate objects that play vital roles, his superb spectacles would be up there, along with the flashing bulb on Bourne’s life jacket. Here is to specs, flashing lights and Italian fishermen, a winning combination every time.
Jack black in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy- No burrito, No hitting the Biker off his chopper, no kicking Baxter off a bridge, Ron would have made it to work on time, Veronica wouldn’t have been given her shot as an anchorwoman, therefore we would have never been able to spell redemption R.O.N.
If only I could salute all those apparently meaningless film characters out there, unknown and unappreciated by the viewing audience. A final thank you must go to the following, Woman with white rabbit tattoo, the Barracuda from finding Nemo, the Doctor that assures Ed Norton “you can’t die from insomnia” and finally the scientist that obviously lost their job for losing a genetically engineered super spider in Spiderman, Good job people.