Wednesday, January 21, 2009

20 Men I Admire Meme

Gilligan over at the pop culture Mecca known as Retrospace tagged me with a really fantastic looking meme! The meme is called the 20 Men I Admire. The title pretty much says it all. Make sure you post these rules when you participate in this meme. Here are the rules:

1. Link back to the blog that tagged you.

2. Link back to the originator of this meme, which is The Dino Lounge (great blog by the way).

3. Create your own list of 20 men that you admire and post them on your blog.

4. Tag 5 other people to participate in this meme.

5. If you like, please let The Dino Lounge know that you've participated in this meme so he can check out your posting and comment on it.

And the 20 (living) men I most admire (in no particular order) are:

1. Seth Rogan

2. Tom Savini

3. Roman Polanksi

4. William Shatner

5. Chris Sanders

6. Bruce Campbell

7. Dario Argento

8. Richard Curtis

9. Simon Pegg

10. Rutger Hauer

11. Jason Segel

12. Andy Runton

13. David X Cohen

14. Bill Bailey

15. Ricky Gervais

16. Paul Verhoeven

17. Ken Russell

18. Dylan Moran

19. George R. R. Martin

20. Bill Murray

Now I'm supposed to tag 5 others but it's been a very long day so instead I say anyone who wants to give this meme a shot should go for it! It's loads of fun! Tee hee hee I said loads...Yep I'm tired.


VZ1 said...

Great list! Very different than some of the other tags I've looked at. But that's what makes this sort of thing interesting to me.

There's a couple I don't recognize. I suppose I could tab over to Wikipedia and pretend I really liked your choice of George R. R. Martin and Bill Bailey even though I have no idea who they are, but I'm all about keepin' it real.

Note: Amazingly, no one has selected Gary Gygax yet... perhaps I have overestimated the nerdiness of the blogosphere.

the Constantly Dramatic One said...

George R.R, I do not admire him. He needs to get off his ass and finish the books already. Like wtf? He made Arya blind and then we're supposed to wait 37 years to find out what happens after that?!

Dude is killing me.

Anonymous said...


The Hitcher is the best horror movie ever!
He never looked better than he did in Nighthawks...well..maybe Blade Runner...oh, he is cute and evil in whatever he does!

Special thanks to Paul Verhoven for making Showgirls! Best porno movie ever! (Why do you think I moved to Vegas?)

Bill said...

Roman Polanksi? Sure, great filmmaker, but kind of a sketchy character to be on a list of admired persons.

Arkonbey said...

Wow. Nice list. Not a politician on it! Was that in order of admiration quotient?

Yay, Chris Sanders! If he doesn't update soon, I'm gonna... sit and wait some more...

Whatever happened to Rutger, anyhoo?

Becca said...

Yeah it has been really interesting to see people's lists!

George R. R. Martin is a fantasy author who has also worked as a TV writer and producer. His Game of Thrones series is in my opinion the best written fantasy series. The characters are really well written and they are constantly put in these dire but believable situtations. It's almost like reading historical fiction with fantasy touches.

Bill Bailey is a British comedian and actor (Black Books & Spaced just to name a couple) who just cracks me up every time. Whenever I see him in something I get instantly excited.

And yes I am so surprised that no one has mentioned Gygax seems like there are a lot of D&D nerds out there in the Blogosphere. I never learned how to play but I've slways thought it looked like a lot of fun if you had the right people to play with :)

Thanks for tagging me!

I'm willing to give him as long as he needs as long as the books stay as good as they have been. Of course he is getting up there in years so I really hope he is able to finish writing the series before he...ouch that's a morose thought...

But I'm with you in that I can't freaking wait for the next book!

Hooray another Rutger Hauer fan!!! You are like my girly soulmate :) One of my most prized possessions is an autographed photo of Mr. Hauer. Have you ever seen any of the early Hauer/ Verhoeven movies like Turkish Delight or Soldier of Orange? He is such an amazing actor!

And yes Showgirls is the most devine trash! I love the scene where Berkley is humping Kyle's chest in the pool. Classic! Is that a Vegas custom humping boys in the chest ;).....

I admire him quite a bit for his work in film and was seperating his art from his personal life...though I'm sure it had a measure of influence over the movies he's made since.

If you want to see an interesting documentary check out Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired. It covers in very great detail the statutory rape case and includes interviews with prosecutors and the victim. It's very fascinating to see that even the prosecuting attorney didn't think that Polanski was getting an entirely fair hearing.

Gosh I'm not all together sure I truely admire any modern politician. If you put too much faith in them they are bound to dissapoint.

AND YES!!! I want more Kiskaloo! Got the book a couple months ago and have read and read the thing to death. I adore Chris Sanders!

And Rutger's been in a few recent movies, he was in Batman Begins and Sin City but gosh that was 2005...okay looked him up on the IMDB looks like lots of straight to video...I've seen a lot of straight to video movies cause he was in them. Some good...some bad.

Anonymous said...

I just finished watching the documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired. Funny how everything is always everyone else's fault except for poor little Roman who had such a bad childhood, is such exceptional world-reknowned artist, blah, blah, blah.

Was he going to get a "fair" trial?
No, this documentary serves to exonerate him and demonstrates yes, the judge was playing games behind closed doors.

But I ask you: was it "fair" in the first place for the DA to accept the plea bargain of raping and sodomizing a 13-year old girl by incapacitating her w/ champagne & quaaludes while she was entrusted in Polanski's care (she said "No!" by the way) to have the charges reduced down to "unlawful intercourse?" That is the REAL travesty of justice here. So, no, Polanski didn't get a "fair" trial either, because the multiple serious charges were already reduced. Only had to serve 42of 90 days? Got off easy!

Due to the awareness regarding sexual abuse of minors during the last 30 years, it is unlikely the US would be lenient on him now - especially one who chooses to flee the country. And he clearly wasn't working on the movie set while being photographed partying at Oktoberfest in the company of two young ladies...again..but he is an arrogant Hollywood director so he can afford his justice with his money and Hollywood prestige.

The part that made me gag the most while watching the film was when one of the reporters makes the comment about how it was rumored the reason why they picked the straight-laced, Mormon over the others in the DA office was because he was the only one who had not engaged in a little bit of sex with underage girls" unlike the others in the DA office..nudge, nudge, wink, wink,. hee hee boys will be boys.

Keith said...

Hey Becca. Thanks for participating. I really enjoyed your list. You named a lot of really cool guys that I also admire. It was great to see men like Dario Argento up here. Have a wonderful weekend. Cheers!

Becca said...

I find that talking about Roman Polanski in is alot like discussing politics and religion, everyone has a very understandably passionate response.

Having read and seen alot from both points of view (as someone who wasn't there for either crime or trial) I do have my own opinion that I prefer not to discuss in an open forum.

In anycase I really included Polanski on this list for his films. I've seen all but 3 at this point and find I love and can in some way relate to the vast majority of them. I think our artistic sensibilities are very similar and think he has been a definite influence on me.

I don't know, is that niave to admire someone for their work even when they have perhaps done some hideious things in their personal life? I think the vast majority of the writings by DeSade are brilliant even though he was guilty of some pretty awful things, and Picasso was just a douchebag ask any of the women he was ever involved with :) I guess I really don't know.

I'm not trying to be argumentative you just really have me thinking about some very interesting ideas.

And even though I've chosen not to share my opinion I wanted to thank you for your comment, I always like to read your comments we have alot of shared interests plus it's nice to see another girl hanging around the Skullcave.

Thanks for coming up with a really terriffic meme!

Booksteve said...

I got to meet George R R Martin back in the late eighties when he was producing the TV series BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. It was supposed to be a lecture at a Con but it turns out Harlan Ellison was upstairs holding court in a similar venue so only a handful of us turned up for George. seeing this, he more or less pulled up some chairs and we all just sat and talked for an hour. A wonderful afternoon!

Becca said...

What an excellent story, from all accounts he sounds like a really interesting friendly guy. I read his blog on a regular basis but I've never had the chance to hear him in person but would love to get the chance some day. Ahhhh some day...

I did however get the chance to hear Harlan Ellison speak once and holding court really is an great way to describe it. I know he's not everyone's bag but I've enjoyed alot of his stuff especially his non-fiction and he was really interesting and lively in person.

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