Sunday, March 07, 2004

I'm watching 'Road to Perdition' when I suddenly realise something. The characters played by Tom Hanks are always competent. They are real, flawed but above all competent. The guy can lead a company of rangers onto omaha beach, survive for years on a desert island armed only with a leatherman, execute condemned men with humanity and fly a damaged Apollo spacecraft safely back to earth.

Enough. Let's see him as a complete screw up, an unco, a clumsy big unit who can't remember his pin number, sleeps in when he's got an important appointment, accidently backs his car over the cat in front of the kids, has spinach caught in his teeth when he meets the Prime Minister, tucks his shirt into his underpants and returns his videos three days late.

Like the rest of us.


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