24 Sep 10 Movie Characters Inspired by Clint Eastwood’s The Man with No Name
He is an anti-hero, a drifter and a man of few words. He lives by his own rules and has his own sense of justice. He is a mysterious, eccentric gunslinger and a bounty hunter that seems not to care about the world. We are talking here about the movie character that made Clint Eastwood an international superstar in 1964: the Man without the Name. He is the central figure in Sergio Leone’s famous “Dollars Trilogy” (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly).
This archetype character was inspired by Akiro Kurosawa’s movie, Yojimbo, which in turn draws a lot from western movies. Eastwood was very impressed with its main protagonist, a lonely and quit samurai portrayed by Toshiro Mufine.
Eastwood’s Man with no name, chosen by Empire magazine as the 43rd greatest movie character of all time, made a strong impact on the movie industry. We present you the list of 10 movie heroes inspired by his act.
1. El Mariachi (El Mariachi)
El Mariachi is a modern incarnation of “The man with no name”. He is referred simply as “El Mariachi”. Mysterious, silent and deadly with the gun. The third part of Rodriguez trilogy is named “One’s upon a Time in Mexico” as an homage to Sergio Leone.
2. Max (Mad Max)
Max, played by Mel Gibson, share some similar traits with Eastwood’s character. Before the fight in “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome”, announcer introduced him to the crowd as a “Man without a name”.
3. Boba Fett (Star Wars)
George Lucas gave his tribute to the Man with no name through Boba Fett character. Fett’s namewasn’t introduced until the Return of the Jedi. He also wears a blanket, very similar to Eastwood’s poncho used in the trilogy. Did I mentioned that he is also a bounty hunter?
4. Snake Plissken (Escape from L.A.)
Snake handles his weapon in a same manner as a famous gunslinger. Maybe it has something to do with Lee Van Cleef being a part of the movie.
5. Harmonica (Once Upon a Time in the West)
Although Charles Bronson’s Harmonica seems tougher and more serious, the influence is obvious. Interesting fact is that Bronson was the first choice for the part in Leone’s trilogy, but he rejected the job offer.
6. John Smith (Last Man Standing)
Bruce Willis plays a skilled gunslinger that found himself in the middle of a gang war in the isolated village.
7. Dirty Harry
This one’s easy. It’s Clint Eastwood for god sake! There is something in his personality that sets the tone to all his movie roles. Harry Callahan is a modern Man with no name. A righteous loner whose guns speaks louder than his words.
8. Cowboy (Dollar For The Dead)
Emilio Estevez plays a “nameless” role in this tribute to old spaghetti western movies called “Dollar for the dead” Main character is a fearless gunslinger and is referred as a “cowboy”.
9. Mr. Smith (Shoot ‘Em Up)
Clive Oven’s character is called Mr. Smith which is his false name. One villain from the movie described him as “a man with no name riding into town on a pale horse”. It is done intentionally as a reference to Leone’s trilogy and the movie Pale Rider, starring Clint Eastwood.
10. Spirit of the West (Rango)
This animated movie has many elements characteristic for spaghetti westerns. During his adventure, main character Rango envisioned a ghost called Spirit of the West which is a visual homage to The man with no Name. Producer even hired an actor with a very similar voice to Clint Eastwood.