Fictional character traits
Groovy — the fun character.
Can we say groovy without thinking of Mike Myers? Hardly.
If the 60s is your thing, and I do like Myers’ grooviness, then Austin Powers is groovy baby. Fun, unapologetic, entertaining.
I also think of groovy as in hip, cool. Uma Thurman comes to mind in just about any role, Brad Pill in Inglorious Basterds. The latter took a second watch in order for Pitt to grow into the role, given the insane amount of excellent acting all around him, but cool he is, the Basterd.
The cool character list is probably miles long in the world of fiction. In Hollywood, we can imagine it’s an endless list of big names with only so many cool characters to go around.
Given the likeability trait, it’s one of the easiest characters to write vis-a-vis the tormented genius, for example, and therein lies the problem. Many times the cool and groovy types come across as perfection personified (Clint Eastwood in early roles) rather than characters jumping off the page as if the account is not of ink-and-paper figures but flesh-and-blood people with clear, real-life stories.
Pitt, for all his Hollywood coolness, has a clear role in Basterds, and an important one at that.
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