Friday, April 1, 2016

Favorite Characters, Favorite Lines: A is for Achilles


First of all, best of luck to all the A-to-Z participants. This is a new favorite of mine because of the wide array of topics and the variety of blogs that participate. I'm going to do my best to be worthy of the challenge, just as sure as I'm #526 on the list.  #AtoZChallenge  

I'm keeping 'em short and sweet, peeps...the movie was Troy (2004), a top grossing film with enough eye candy for an army. Brad Pitt's Achilles stole the show, though, as he pumped up his soldiers for a fight to the death. Who wouldn't follow him after such a speech? #AtoZChallenge


A is for Achilles!


Achilles:
"Myrmidons! My brothers of the sword! I would rather fight beside you than any army of thousands! Let no man forget how menacing we are, we are lions! Do you know what's waiting beyond that beach? Immortality! Take it! It's yours!"



Ha! Like he'd have to "take it"...after that speech, he could have it. Just look at him. HE'S ACHILLES, PEOPLE! AND BRAD PITT! ALL AT THE SAME TIME!

[Disclaimer: Still happily married, but I do have eyes.]

See ya tomorrow for B...

61 comments:

  1. Brad sure looks good in that armour, doesn't he? Eric Bana and Orlando Bloom weren't bad either. ☺

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    1. Awww...it was a great day to be a movie goer...

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  2. Awww... Brad Pitt is a heel!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Sorry, DOC CHERDO, but the temptation was just too great.
      :o)

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    2. I know your weakness, STMcC...I'd have been shocked and suspected something fishy if you hadn't bit that hook. (See what I did there? Huh? Huh?)

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  3. Was Achilles a heel? I think we should be told....
    (Love your blog, by the way.)

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    1. Thank you, darlin'! Truth be told, I wasn't looking at his heel...tee hee

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  4. Wonder if he (the original Achilles, not Pitts) had an idea he'd be known for a tendon in the heel

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    1. I know...aren't you glad he wasn't the mighty warrior, Big Toe?

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  5. I hear ya girlfriend! He can take it all he wants...I'll gladly give it! :)
    Love me some Brad Pitt!!

    Great theme you have here! I'm going to enjoy coming back time and again checking out all your fav characters and classic lines...
    Have fun today! We'll be exhausted by the end of the day, let alone the end of the month!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Though I suspect I'd never agree with him on anything, I am a fan of quite a few of his movies. I think he is a great actor. And sometimes, not too hard on the eyes, right, Michele?

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  6. Your final comment is hilarious! Fun movie. Ironically, I didn't think Helen of Troy was that beautiful.

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    1. That thought occurred to me, too. They should have had a stunner. I think Hector's wife was prettier. Hey...I feel a sequel coming on! Call Homer!

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  7. Ah... Brad Pitt.

    I have so many mixed feelings about this man.

    I remember way back in the early 90s thinking, "Why are all the girls going on about this guy???" Then I saw Legends of the Fall. Asked and answered. OMGoodness.

    And then he left Jen for Angie. It was all down & dirty (to my way of thinking), and I disliked him on behalf of Jen.

    Over the years, we've watched Angie produce more and more babies. I have no idea how many the couple have all told. But, it's a lot. There are stories how unhappy Brad is. How he talks to Jen a lot (or used to), and my gut said Angie produced all these babies to tie him to her like an anchor. Yet, that didn't make me like him more. Or Angie more.

    But, his movies. I still think he's a very good actor. I still think he's super easy on the eyes.

    I think his moral compass doesn't work. So, I can't like him as a person.

    But, he's a great actor. Because as much as I dislike him in real life, I often love his characters. Now, that's acting!!!

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    1. You and I are on the same page, once again. If I were in a conversation with the man, I bet we'd be coming to blows. But truthfully, what I love about movies is that I don't have to consider the person's politics, etc. It really is a fantasy escape, not a morale choice (most of the time...stay clear of the nasty stuff, right?).

      But Legends of the Fall...A River Runs Through It...Troy...Oceans 11...yep, I'm a fan.

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  8. Yum!! I love Brad. I just recently saw him in a movie The Big Short. He looked so old with a full beard. He looked totally different but still handsome as always. I loved him as young buck on Thelma and Louise too. Oh my!

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    1. I just saw that flick, too! Best one I've seen lately. Oh, Redbox, you are so fickle! The movie made me want to dump all my stock, however.

      Hey, Thelma & Louise Brad was only a sapling compared to Troy Brad, ha ha.

      Glad to see your smiling caricature here, my friend. Much love!

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  9. Dang.. Everyone seems to know what number they are on the list. I better go look mine up.
    Brad Pitt is a looker, for sure... but I'm not convinced that is his Achilles you are looking at! ;)

    Mary
    Twitter: @KnottyMarie
    Literary Gold
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. Yeah, I had to use the FIND function, though, ha ha. I'm just printing out the list and highlighting the ones I visit. Too much, otherwise!

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  10. Oh yeah, I have eyes too. Thanks for feeding them on this first day of April mania.

    The Really Real Housewives

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    1. You're so welcome, my friend! Go Mountaineers!

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  11. What a cool clip!
    But, my heel aches now.

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    1. Ah, you're weakness...and I thought it would be processed meat.

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  12. I didn't think much of this movie, but then I don't enjoy staring at Brad Pitt. Curiously, he looks very much like Alexander the Great in this movie. Of course we have no idea what the fictional Achilles looked like.

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    1. If you could just call the movie studios and tell them to remake Alexander the Great with Brad, that would be awesome.

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  13. What a cool clip!
    But, my heel aches now.

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    1. This must be the OTHER heel, right? Or left?

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  14. Talk about a face that could launch a thousand ships - my vote is for a young Brad Pitt, not Helen. ;)

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    1. Total agreement; Helen had nothing on Achilles.

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  15. Cherdo, lol I like your disclaimer! I had forgotten about this movie. We did see this years ago and were surprised that we liked it. Good A prompt choice!

    Curious as a Cathy
    All Things Vintage: Artists #AprilA2Z #BoTB

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    1. Yeah, I gotta keep it real, Cathy!

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  16. I don't believe I've ever seen this film.
    I like your theme for the AtoZ challenge. It's going to be a fun read.

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    1. Thanks, Jeffrey! Now go see this flick! The scene where they show all the ships approaching Troy is awesome.

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  17. Geez, he had me at "Myrmidons!" I wanna go too!

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  18. This movie though... I remember watching it with my archaeology class... We were dying of laughter for so many reasons. XD There was a llama in it somewhere... It was a quintessential popcorn movie :) Brad Pitt as Achilles was stellar casting though.
    Happy A to Z!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary
    MopDog

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    1. Note the popcorn tub in my header, ha ha. I'm pretty impressed that you were allowed to watch this in archaeology class, ha ha. Thanks, MopDog mama.

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  19. The only thing I liked him in was 12 Monkeys.

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    1. Well, at least you did the legwork, right? I liked his nutsy self in that flick, too. Thanks, Dale!

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  20. He did well in the role (but would not have been my first casting choice).
    I look forward to your future postings

    Sir Leprechaunrabbit
    @leprchaunrabbit
    yourrootsareshowingdearie.wordpress.com

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    1. Hey, myrootsareshowingforsure!

      Thanks!

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  21. I don't care about his politics, his marriages or his talent--when I saw him in Thelma & Louise, I fell in love (or lust)!!

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  22. I wasn't much of a Brad Pitt fan until I saw him in Moneyball. Was Troy based on The Iliad?

    John Holton
    Blogging from A to Z Challenge Co-Host
    The Sound of One Hand Typing

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    1. Yes, it was! Thank Hollywood for messing with a perfectly good title that lasted thousands of years.

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  23. Awesome! Achilles is also one of my favorite characters in Greek Mythology and when Brad Pitt portrayed the role, I became more in love. The scenes with the captive Trojan girl is so sensual. Thank you for sharing this. I'd be checking for more.

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    1. Now you can read Greek literature and visual Brad Pitt. Win-win.

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  24. Cherdo, I LOVED your clip! Of course Brad Pitt is awesome as Achilles!! You have many fun topics. I'll look forward to seeing more!

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    1. Thanks, Gwynn! I'm trying to keep it fun!

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  25. Great start to the A-Z. Brad Pitt grew up 30 minutes away from where I live. I don't get too excited over his acting. :)

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    1. I'd walk that 30 minutes, sister...

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  26. I love this film and thought it was well acted and done. I thought Peter o'toole was stellar and deserved a nomination for his role.

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    1. Oh, yeah, he really was! Begging for his son's body...powerfully done.

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  27. I want to see this. Brad looks great of course :)

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  28. I want to see this. Brad looks great of course :)

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo