Mount Rushmore of Movies - 4 Favorite Male Characters in Space

2/28/2014 12:01:00 AM msmariah 18 Comments

Thanks to M.Brown over at Two Dollar Cinema for hosting the Mount Rushmore of Movies Bloghop in honor of President's Day. In order to participate you have to chose 4 of anything cinematic that you think is worthy to be on Mount Rushmore. The bloghop is still open as of today, so head over there if you want to join. I have chosen four of my favorite male characters in space. Three out of four films have to do with astronauts. Superman is of course the ultimate astronaut, sans the space suit.


Sam Shepard as Chuck Yeager
4. Chuck Yeager, 'The Right Stuff' (Sam Shepard) - Before the Apollo space program put a man on the moon in 1969, there were the Mercury 7, a group of test pilots who flew suborbital flights around the earth from 1961 to 1963. But the greatest test pilot of them all wasn't an astronaut at all. In 1947, Chuck Yeager became the first person to break the sound barrier. His famous plane the 'Glamorous Glennis' named after his wife, still hangs in the Smithsonian. 'The Right Stuff' is about Yeager's journey as well as the Mercury 7 (some of who go on to become Apollo astronauts). Unfortunately, Yeager didn't have a college degree so he was ineligible to become an astronaut, but the movie (and the Tom Wolfe novel it's based on) proves that Yeager has the right stuff. And Sam Shepard definitely had the right stuff when he played him. Shepard brought complete believability and swagger as Yeager. His performance is incredible and in my opinion his dusty face after a crash landing should be etched into Mount Rushmore permanently.

Tom Hanks (Jim Lovell)
3.  Jim Lovell, 'Apollo 13' (Tom Hanks) - Thanks to Ron Howard (director) and Tom Hanks (fanboy of all things spacey and World War II), 'Apollo 13' was released in 1995 and the incredible tale of three astronauts in peril became known to a new generation. I was born in the late 70s, so 'Apollo 13' was before my time, as was the moon landing. When I was growing up in the 1980s, the Challenger was the only thing people talked about with regard to NASA. I remember seeing the Challenger explode on television. Like the moon landing (and Apollo 13 afterwards), the Challenger was my generation's earliest space memory and it was not a pleasant one. Seeing the troubled, yet uplifting tale of 'Apollo 13' helped me understand why space travel and especially space travel to the moon was (and still is) so important. It also helped me appreciate just how difficult and complicated space travel is. Watching a young Tom Hanks as a fighter pilot turned astronaut is of course a plus. Hanks is one of my favorite actors period. His portrayal of Jim Lovell is just one of many reasons I love astronauts. His character's harrowing real-life and death drama set in the vacuum of space should be on Mount Rushmore.

Keir Dullea (Dave Bowman)
2.  Dave Bowman, '2001: A Space Odyssey' (Keir Dullea) - Clearly I love this movie. It's my favorite movie. Which means that I love Keir Dullea's face on the cover of the movie poster. There's a reason that Keir Dullea's face as Dave Bowman is the most recognizable thing from (perhaps) the greatest SciFi film of all time. Keir was just beautiful. His face was picture perfect and his expression was flawless. Hands down Dave Bowman is my favorite astronaut of all time and he's totally Mount Rushmore material.

Christopher Reeve (Superman/Clark Kent)
1. Superman/Clark Kent, 'Superman the Movie' (Christopher Reeve) - There have been a multitude of Supermans (George Reeves, John Haymes Newton, Gerald Christopher, Dean Cain, Tom Welling, Brandon Routh, and most recently Henry Cavill), but none before or after have been able to match Christopher Reeve's performance. Reeve was a brilliant actor and he was theatrically trained. Reeve is the only Superman to perfectly capture the duality of Superman (the awkwardness of Clark Kent and the elan of Superman). Superman is my favorite non-astronaut astronaut, traveling through space in an encased cradle, spinning the world backwards, or giving the audience a wink and a smile as he orbited the earth. Christopher Reeve's chiseled jaw, bright blue eyes, black hair, and striking features are Mount Rushmore worthy. 

18 comments:

  1. Totally missed this blog-hop. Would totally have enjoyed this. Absolutely excellent choices! Your explanations really gave heart to your choices, and yes totally Tom Hanks anything, and Christopher Reeve will never ever be topped by anyone else EVER trying to play HIS role.
    Glad to meet you and thanks for stopping by and leaving me sweet mermaid comment :-)
    Tina @ Life is Good
    A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

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    1. Hi Tina, thanks. Yes, this was a fun bloghop. I'm trying to do more of these in the future. I think there is still time if you wanted to participate in it today. My theme was 4 favorite characters in space, but I think you can choose 4 favorite anything cinematic.

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  2. The Right Stuff. Haven't seen that movie in years. Good choice.
    I vaguely recall Apollo 13's flight when it happened. Your comment about a young Tom Hanks threw me until I realized the film is almost twenty years old. When did that happen?

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    1. Oh Alex, you would like it. It's a little dated, but it's still a great film. It really takes you back to the dawn of the space race. Ha, yes 1995 was almost 20 years ago. Whew!

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  3. Lovely picks. I love how you described Superman as the ultimate astronaut!

    My favorite male character in space..... HANS SOLO!!

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    1. Asrap-- That's a great choice! I totally forgot about my Star Wars folks. Yes, I never thought of Superman that way until I started to compile a list of my favorite astronauts, and then I thought wait a minute...Superman was a space traveler!

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  4. Such a great list!! I didn't even think of Superman. How can we forget Ben Aflick and crew from Armageddon! :)

    Angie
    My Mount Rushmore

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    1. Hi Angela. Thanks for the comment! I am definitely a Ben Affleck fan, but I don't know about that movie 'Armageddon.' It had some issues :)

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  5. You're right about Superman kind of being an astronaut. I never looked at it that way. I'm glad you picked Reeve, out of all the Supermans (Supermen?) he's been the best.

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    1. Hi Brittani-- Yes, when I was doing my list it came to me that 'Superman' was the ultimate astronaut. I don't know why I never thought of that before. And yes, I agree Reeve was just flawless as Superman. Hands down.

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  6. Reeve looked amazing flying in space. So noble, although Lovell is a great choice too since he was more in danger.

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    1. Very true and Lovell was in real danger. The story of those three astronauts is nothing short of incredible.

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  7. I feel so shamed that I've only seen 2001! I really need to see Superman. It was even playing today on TV and I missed the first hour, so I didn't bother...and I love me some Gene Hackman so why am I stalling?!?!?!?

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    1. If you watch through modern movie goggles, it's a little dated, but it's still great. I love that movie. Christopher Reeve is fantastic. I would also highly recommend Apollo 13 and The Right Stuff. Great movies.

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  8. I was joking on my site, but the only two I might consider adding to this list, seriously, would be Buzz Lightyear and/or George Clooney from Gravity. Not sure who I would take off, but I love those two dudes. Big time.

    Thank you very much for participating!

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    1. Sure, I was glad to participate. What a great idea for blogfest. Both of your choices would be quite admirable. George Clooney was a great astronaut! I loved that movie Gravity. I think it should win everything this year, but I know it won't.

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  9. Interesting topic. I can't comment too much on the picks. I haven't seen too many. Interesting how Superman is amongst a bunch of mere mortals. I might have added Riddick from Pitch Black if that would count. Or any Star Trek - Star Wars characters. But I kind of lean to that fantasy / sci-fi side of things.

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    1. 'Hi thanks for stopping by. Yes, there are quite a few spacemen. I'm not sure if Riddick would ever make my list, but I could see some of my favorite 'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek' folks making this list definitely!

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