Inspired by @brightlyanna - thanks for the tag! These are the fictional characters I identify with most, at least lately.
- •Ben Stiller as Roger Greenberg from GREENBERGPainfully awkward, poor conversationalist, self-involved, a frustration to many who know him well, is putting the pieces back together at middle age, and only good at one thing. Late in the movie, Greenberg, who once upon a time was in an indie band but now makes a living as a carpenter, hangs a picture frame with a casual grace. The experience centers him. I feel like that when I hit "publish" on a new list.
- •Elliott Gould as Phillip Marlowe in THE LONG GOODBYEI can relate to many gumshoes, but Gould's unique interpretation of Raymond Chandler's signature sleuth speaks to me the most. Gould's Marlowe sees the world with such detachment it's a wonder he can function, yet this remove enables his shrewd detective skills. He's curious about everything but at the same time over it all. Also he chain-smokes, which I did throughout my 20s. Lighting a cig with a match you struck off a wall? Forget about it.
- •Griffin Dunne as Paul Hackett from AFTER HOURSBored by his job, puts himself through escalating humiliations for a woman, anxious, constantly runs, forgot an umbrella, goes back to work.