19 October 2009

I Can't Believe They Killed Him Just to Make a Good Movie

I was seven the first time I watched Titanic. I was thinking about it because today, my family started the process of closing our pool, which involved me standing knee-deep in freezing cold water, scooping the leaves out. I'm sure you can see the correlation. Anyway, being seven, and seeing the first on-screen death that I can actually recall, I was horrified when Rose lets Jack go, so he sinks, freezing, alive or dead, into the ocean. I thought that they had killed Leonardo DiCaprio just to make a good picture. It took a while for my mom to explain that one to me.
Being on this topic, I also recall at least two instances where actors have actually died in the process of making a movie; in both cases, the movie was rather celebrated. Heath Ledger, a very fine actor, if not one of the best, died whilst playing the role of the Joker in Dark Knight. The day after I heard about it, girls were crying over him at school. Some took the day off to mourn. Another less-recent occurrence was that of Brandon Lee's death during the shooting...er, filming, of The Crow. While a scene involving gunplay was being filmed, blank bullets were being used to create a more realistic scene. Sadly for Brandon, the gun was turned on him for the scene, and he was killed when a blank got stuck in the barrel. The next time the gun was fired, he was hit with two blanks, the jammed one having been forced out by the next shot. He was killed on impact, and the rest of the movie had to be completed with his recorded voice, as well as the primitive CGI technology of the early '90s. Needless to say, it was a beautiful film, and a very tragic loss.
Another thought: both of these movie deaths occurred while filming movies based on comics and/or graphic novels. Strange...

We need a light-hearted list after a rather heavy-hearted topic.

Thirteen Adorable Chibis!

1. Spock and Kirk [and a tribble!]

2. Darth Vader

3. Team Rocket

4. Wizard of Oz

5. Sweeney Todd

6. Raiden [Mortal Kombat]

7. Nightcrawler

8. Dancing Panda!

9. Penelo {IRL!}

10. The Joker

11. Harry Potter Cast!

12. The Crow [technically not a chibi, but still awesome]

13. Catwoman

Aww... Don't you feel better now?


  1. i like chibis!

  2. I like chibis, too! This blog needs more chibis!
    I'll get right on that!

  3. oh my.
    a lot of those pics were great and adorable, but the catwoman one was frightening. i realize u didnt draw it but...
    a small compact chibi. with oddly placed body parts

  4. I thought the point of a chibi was to be small and compact. Isn't your statement a tad redundant?

  5. Hey,

    I'd like to post this photo on Facebook, to mark a few friends on it ... Would you allow me that ? If not its cool too.

    Yours faithfully Shami

  6. Well, I don't own any of the pictures, so I'd say go for it!

  7. HI I was wondering if anyone knew who did the chibi version of the Joker? I want to get it as a tattoo but I don't feel comfortable without the artists permission.