The Coen Brothers Leading Lads
February 10, 2016
The Coen brothers have never done anything by the book when it comes to filmmaking, so why would they treat their characters any differently? Whether they are criminally minded or downright dopey, the leading male characters created by the Coens always embody the same idiosyncrasies, wry humor, and film noir-esque traits included in every Coen brothers film. Here are six of the greatest male characters from the uniquely imaginative minds of Joel and Ethan Coen:
Nicolas Cage in “Raising Arizona”
Raising Arizona (1987)
Irresponsible, and mostly harmless, convenience store robber and baby-napper
John Turturro in “Barton Fink”
Barton Fink (1991)
Uptight New York playwright thrown into the pit of screenwriting for Hollywood honchos
Tim Robbins and Paul Newman in “The Hudsucker Proxy”
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Naive, seemingly moronic, business school grad taken advantage of by higher-ups.
William H. Macy in “Fargo”
Inept car salesman desperate for cash and plotting his wife’s fake kidnapping
Jeff Bridges in “The Big Lebowski”
Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Californian slacker and avid bowler out for compensation after a case of mistaken identity
George Clooney in “Intolerable Cruelty”
Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
Prominent divorce attorney who unexpectedly finds love with his female equivalent.
Catch three of these leading lads on HDNET MOVIES Thursday February 11th for Crime, Comedy & The Coens, featuring:
The Hudsucker Proxy – 6/5c
A small town imbecile is made president of a large company as part of a stock scam.
Raising Arizona – 8/7c
A married couple kidnaps a quintuplet after learning they can’t conceive their own baby.
Barton Fink (network premiere) – 9:40/8:40c
A New York playwright moves to Hollywood to write scripts and runs into a series of unfortunate events. Winner of Cannes Palme d’Or, Best Actor (John Turturro), and Best Director (Joel Coen).
Repeat airing on Monday, February 22nd:
Barton Fink – 6/5c
The Hudsucker Proxy – 8/7c
Raising Arizona – 9:55/8:55c