So, you’ve decided to marry rich. You’ve read the statistics, seen the movie stars, and maybe now you’re feeling inspired to make your own big happy family. Congratulations! You’ve decided to elope, and you want to make the most of your special day. But which one of the celebrities you’ve admired the most is willing to marry you?
While it’s not necessary to be best friends with your partner before marriage, it’s a good idea to get to know each other a little better. Even if you’ve been sweethearts for ages and decided to marry each other just to be together, you should probably get to know each other a little better. What better way to do that than through a comparison chart? We’ve got you covered on this front—and it’s going to be a doozy.
The Best Man
What happens when you decide to marry a man other than your best friend? Well, apparently you end up with someone you have to share your bed with. Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz are not best friends, but they are very much in love with each other, and it certainly is love at first sight. Their passionate love scene in the new James Bond film, “Skyfall,” was enough to make even the most diehard Bond fan blush.
As wonderful as it is to bask in the glow of an Oscar-worthy performance by Bond, it’s hard not to feel a little sorry for him. Sure, he gets to sleep with Blonde Bombshell and eat lots of pussy, but does he ever really get to live his life? It’s clear that the filmmakers had other ideas and threw in some curveballs that made for an unforgettable climax.
What makes their on-screen love even more poignant is that they’re not actually related by blood. Pattinson is the son of English actors David and Elizabeth, but he was born in New York City. Kravitz is the daughter of film director and producer Lenny and the late actress Kate. So, you’re saying goodbye to your autonomy and your independence for life under the roof of a larger family. That might be a hard sale.
The Wolf Of Wall Street
Forbes has named Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in Jordan Belfort’s The Wolf of Wall Street as its best of 2014. Not only is this a great accomplishment considering it’s the 25th anniversary of the publication, but it’s also an incredible feat considering he had to play two conflicting characters—the seductive Jordan Belfort and the cunning mastermind behind the multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme, Angelo Meara. (In the end, Jordan marries a rich girl and lives the good life, which is more or less what DiCaprio wanted in the first place.)
While DiCaprio’s portrayal of Jordan was incredible, it was definitely not without its flaws. One of the most fascinating things about Jordan is that he’s an enigma wrapped in a riddle. Few people really know what makes this millionaire tick, and even fewer have had the opportunity to ask him directly. He’s extremely self-absorbed and has almost no friends outside of business. (Most of the time he seems to be out on the town with his two massive bodyguards.)
One fascinating conversation that DiCaprio had with the New York Times was regarding his preparation for the role. Jordan is the only character that DiCaprio has ever played where he’s had to do less than 30 hours of research each week. The rest of the time he’d spend reading business books or other material about finance. This doesn’t mean that Jordan is unintelligent; far from it. He’s definitely a professor, if not a professor of crimes then a professor of crimes against businessmen.
Batman Vs. Robin
Perhaps the most fascinating thing about the Batman franchise is that it’s continually reinvented itself. Once the most realistic superhero film ever made, it evolved into a dark and atmospheric crime thriller with psychological elements. Then it became a comedy. Now, it’s back to being a superhero movie, but in a different way. (This is all according to Zack Snyder, the franchise’s director.)
Snyder took a long time to bring Batman back and wanted to do something different with the character than he’s done before. As it happens, he was already in negotiations with Warner Bros. for the rights to make a Superman movie when he got the call to direct Batman v. Robin. The studio reportedly gave him a blank check and said, “Go nuts.”
Snyder’s take on Batman is an interesting blend of the iconic character and a young millionaire named Bruce Wayne. (This is the character actor Vincent Price originally played in the movie.) On the other hand, the character of Robin is inspired by the late comedian Dick Tracy, who inspired a generation of comedians with his light-hearted approach to crime fighting. (The movie even includes a scene ripped straight from the Dick Tracy comic books.)
Robin is Batman’s technical advisor and bodyguard. This version of the character is closer to the 70’s cartoon than the 40’s version. Still, he keeps several items from the 1966 series, including the utility belt and the ‘N’ emblem. (When asked about the emblem, the director responded, “I wanted to put my spin on it.”)
Both characters are immensely popular. As of 2014, there are reportedly over 100,000,000 people who have seen Batman and over 60,000,000 who have seen Robin. That’s a large audience for a couple of supporting characters.
The King Of Fighters
This was an early warning sign of a potential train wreck. When you’re in the middle of film school and you come across this scene, you might have laughed nervously, trying not to show your ignorance. Then you’d proceed to watch the rest of the movie, anyway. (This is the ‘beginning’ of the King of Fighters; it didn’t get any worse than this. So, you might as well watch and learn.)
The King of Fighters is a 1996 anime by SNK Playmore about a collection of legendary fighting game players who team up to defeat a massive monster that’s threatening their small village. As a tribute to the game, SNK named the team’s leader after one of the characters in the game, Kyo Kusanagi. (If you don’t know who Kyo Kusanagi is, then you shouldn’t be watching pro wrestling—and you probably shouldn’t be reading articles about celebrities, either.)
In the movie, Kyo Kusanagi is a 19 year old college dropout who idolizes Ryu Hayazawa, the legendary character played by Scott LaMarca in the original King of Fighters game. After taking an intro-to-film class at a community college, Kyo realizes that he’s a natural filmmaker and decides to make a documentary about the team. He hopes that they’ll include him in the documentary as a way to preserve the history of their remarkable fight against evil. Little does Kyo know that the filmmakers were planning to steal his idea and use it to promote their own movie.
When he finds out, he becomes understandably furious and decides to confront the con artists head-on. He wants to expose the lie that is the documentary, so he enlists the help of his friends and family to track down the filmmakers and confront them. In the end, the filmmakers admit to tricking Kyo and apologize. (They also steal his ideas and use them to make their movie—an all too familiar story in today’s Hollywood.) Despite this rocky beginning, Kyo becomes friends with the film’s director, who promises to help him expose the truth. This is one of the rare occasions where a manga adaptation ends happily ever after.
In a similar fashion to the King of Fighters, Nashville is also based on a popular video game and also features some pretty great guys. However, instead of anime, this one is set in the country music industry and follows the exploits of several musicians as they work to make it big. (The games based on this franchise are much more violent than the anime and feature a much more mature audience. Perhaps this is why the anime isn’t considered one of Kurosawa’s best works.)
The lead character, Loretta, is based on a real-life country music singer named Gretchen Wilson. She is a hard-working, dedicated woman who’s trying to make her way in a man’s world, and she certainly doesn’t take no for an answer. This is also the case for her musical group, which practices every day in her garage.
Another great thing about Nashville is that it features several amazing female characters who aren’t just there to serve as eye candy. The supporting cast, both male and female, are all incredibly fleshed out and draw you into the story.