In honor of Father's Day, this weeks questions are all about Daddy Dearest. From Robin Williams portrayal as a father willing to do anything to see his children in Mrs. Doubtfire
, to the sins of Chris Cooper in American Beauty
, all movie dads have made us feel one way or another. So no matter if your dad is a saint or something... else, today is their day.
1. What actor has best portrayed the role of loving father? Name the actor and the film.
Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life comes to mind--the scene where he "fixes" ZuZu's petals is one that just popped into my head thinking about this question. In the out of left field category: Clark W. Griswold from the Vacation movies. Chevy Chase just nails the over-the-top love of the family and wanting to do whatever it takes to give them the perfect family experience--whether it be that trip to Wally World or the Christmas holiday he's always dreamed of. One thing you can say about Clark--his heart is always in the right place, even if the outcome of his actions isn't always ideal (though it is often hilarious!). In the case of both roles, neither father was perfect, but they were trying their best and you can tell they genuinely loved their families. You can't really ask for much more than that.
2. What actor has best portrayed the role of world's worst father? Name the actor and the film.
Well, the father doesn't get a really good rap in ET, but then again we never see him on screen. There aren't any "world's worst movie fathers" that pop into my head for this question. Actually, after some more thought and MaeveKerry tickling my memory, I think that the king with the castle in the swamp from Monty Python and the Holy Grail wasn't too swift a father either. He just didn't seem to have any type of relationship with his son, other than his son being a pawn to marry the princess with the "huges tracts of land." He only cared about how the marriage would help him and had no interest in his son's desire to sing.
3. If there was a movie to be made about your life, what actor would portray your father?
Sure, it's easy to come up with the ideal actor to play me (David Duchony or Dean Cain), but the actor to play my dad...that's a tough one. One on hand, I'd like to say Clint Eastwood, but he's too old for the part. I would probably have to go with Tom Hanks because he has the ability to do both the comedy and the drama for the role of my dad.
Happy Father's day to all of you fathers out there.
I love you, Daddy! Remember to leave a link or your answers in the comments. 'Til next time...
Daddy loves ya.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 6/17/2004 09:54:00 AM