Quote for the Day: Joel Edgerton

Two choice quotes from Joel Edgerton

“My theory is that noir films became less popular because they always represented the central female as a black widow,” he said. “With modern feminist ideas you can’t just keep painting females as bad, evil, manipulative, money-grubbing people.”

“No one is bad unless you’re talking about serial killers and dictators. They’re good people trying to do the right thing, but they mistakenly think the wrong thing is their way forward. I always strive for that empathetic edge for characters. I think it makes for better villains; it makes for a better experience for the audience.”

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Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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About Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

2 Replies to “Quote for the Day: Joel Edgerton”

  1. Sorry, but I disagree. OK, I’m not sorry.

    Lots of people are just plain bad. Let’s face it. This belief in the intrinsic goodness of people is wishful thinking, if you ask me. Also, “well-intentioned” villains are the kiss of death, at least in thrillers.

    Anyway, “badness” is a relative thing, isn’t it? Serial killers are scum, granted, but dictators aren’t necessarily bad. Sometimes they’re necessary to save a country from self-destruction and they often have a lot of popular support for just that reason.

    Is it just me or does “good” these days always translate to “liberal?”

    As for female characters as black widows, I’ll take a black widow over today’s “strong female character” any day. The black widows had personality. Modern female leads are like transvestites, in my opinion. They’re basically just men dressed up like women.

    Case in point: Lieutenant Ripley in the Alien series. The character of Ripley was male in the original screenplay, but they gave him a sex-change in the movies.

    Anyway, what do “modern feminist theories” have to do with writing fiction, especially crime fiction? The minute you start worrying about stuff like this, you’re writing propaganda, not fiction. Political correctness is the kiss of death for creativity.

    Disclaimer: this is just my opinion, but it’s MY opinion, therefore it’s TRUE and you’re WRONG if you disagree.

  2. The Quote for the Day can be many things but is hopefully always interesting. Glad to see it provoked a thoughtful response from you Gary.