RA Character challenge
4.) Least Favorite Character
This question is always a hard one for me because I see characters in layers. While some are unlikable on the surface, knowing their back-story and what they’ve had to face in life makes them more sympathetic. Someone like Philip Durant from the Miss Marple series may appear the rake but I can’t judge his present circumstances by his past mistakes, that’s just not fair. And someone like Heinz Kruger from Captain America may look like the quintessential bad guy of his time, being German alone in that setting gives him a negative connotation, but his character isn’t fleshed out enough for me to make a solid decision; there was something about him that made me think there was more to his story.
There are some characters I’ve seen out of context, like William Chatford from Malice Aforethought, only having seen bits on YouTube; and there are some programs that I haven’t finished watching yet, like Ultimate Force. So, after much thought, I settled on Percy from Miss Marie Lloyd.
Percy has plenty of his own layers, getting lost and forgotten in the celebrity of his famous wife, and how emasculating and confusing that must have been for a man in that time period. But in the end, he just comes off as skeevy to me.
He was a bit stalkerish and a little pushy as a fan of Marie’s, but he gave her the confidence that she needed to move forward and he helped bring out the persistence in her that would enable her to survive in the business. He was all sweet with the way he proposed and endearing as a new father too
but he was definitely enjoying the status and financial gain that having a famous wife gave him…until he didn’t. The status belonged to her, he was only an extension. The financial boost gave him the means to further his downward spiral quicker, with booze and women and gambling and who knows what else. I shouldn’t fault him for it, he’s only human, but I expected more from him for some reason. He seemed so together in the beginning when he pursued her, he seemed so strong and virile when he proposed while shaving.
That sounds odd when said out loud: he proposed while shaving.
How is that even romantic?!
if you saw it though,
you know that it was 😉
I don’t despise Percy; I’ve not met a Richard Armitage character yet that has turned my stomach so much that he disgusts me. Richard may not pick the flashiest projects but he gives heart to each and every one of his characters, regardless of how they appear on the surface.
And that is what keeps me coming back for more.