Barry Pepper is known for his characters on “The Green Mile” and “The Kennedys,” a TV miniseries. With certain roles that he portrays, his characters are relatively small and overshadowed.
Here are my favorite top 5 characters to which he portrayed, a description of his characters and to conclude why these particular characters are overlooked:
- Saving Private Ryan (1998)–> Pvt. Jackson was a country boy from Tennessee who sacrificed his life, serving as an honorable man to God and his country fellowmen.
- The Green Mile (1999)–>Dean Stanton was a country boy working as a prison guard to provide food and shelter for his family. As dedicated as he was, he was soft-spoken and compassionate towards John Coffey. It was not said in the film what happened to Dean, but the book states otherwise that he died very young.
- 61* (2001)–>Roger Maris was a well-known baseball player who played right field for the New York Yankees, defeating Babe Ruth’s home-run record in one season. He was a family oriented man and befriended Mickey Mantle although the press painted Maris as someone who was not a true ” NY Yankee” player.
- Ripley Under Ground (2005)–>Tom Ripley was a manipulator, compulsive liar, antagonist who’s out for fortune and fame after the death of his artist friend, Derwatt.
- When Love is Not Enough (2010)–> Bill Wilson was a grieve-stricken, Wall Street stockbroker with bouts of depression and a heavy alcoholic which affected his professional and personal life. He eventually turned his life around and became a co-founder of Alcoholic’s Anonymous.
The main reasons for these being my top favorite film characters are? His characters swing from being a compassionate sidekick to becoming a main character with a no-nonsense attitude to boot. In other words, Mr. Pepper’s characters start off as a side character with small lines (protagonist) to hardcore antagonist with many lines to cite, the passion he carries with him and the stunts he performs.
For “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Green Mile,” Pepper had smaller roles but they had an impact on the entire movie, emotionally. However, his characters from the last three films signify how much effort and research he did to portray the characters flawlessly and prove to his fan members that he can be just as good as an antagonist as he was as a protagonist.
Bloggers and reporters undergo pressure to create fresh content for their target audiences. To understand the life of a blogger and reporter, understand that they set deadlines to ensure that their work is ready to upload after…
- Creating a noteworthy headline–>As easy as it looks, headlines are time-consuming because you have to carefully select terms that will flow with your story. Be careful what you read in the article and what you see as a headline because they will not be on par with each other. In other words, the headline will turn into a “click-bait” story-line with a false sense of narrative and hope for specific audience members.
- Undergoing stressful & dreary deadlines–> In order to meet the criteria for publishing their work, they must work under heavy pressure by editing three to four drafts before the content is published globally.
- Selecting Useful Terminology–> Lastly, they will select vocabulary words to inform their readers what they see is what they get. They will resort to using Webster’s dictionary or an AP style book in a way to express their stories.
Four ideas have turned the light bulb on after jotting down new and non-repetitive subjects but it can be quite difficult to approach without coming across as a blogger who’s lost their ability to think creatively. One day ago, I typed up 10 questions for a certain celebrity to answer because I am interested in their work portraying certain characters and why they chose to audition for those particular roles.
While there is one particular subject I am fascinated by, here are some to catch a reader’s attention:
- Blog about my experiences working as a contributing writer/photographer under the lifestyles and news stories sections for my school newspaper. Compare and contrast the difference between those sections. And explain what I have gained from them.
- Interview celebrity about their previous work in the film industry.
- Write from a journalism perspective about the film “The Help” and how it inspired many others to write their own perspectives about movements that leaned towards change for the great of our beautiful nation.
- Interviewing my grandmothers growing up in the rural south during and after the Great Depression, World War II, Korean and Vietnam War eras.
Reporters and bloggers use social media to their advantages/ disadvantages but the main difference between these two are:
- Bloggers are citizen journalists meaning they have no background experience working in the media field.
- Reporters report breaking news and current events while bloggers focus on the trendy industries (clothing, hairstyles, makeup accessories).
- Bloggers blog based upon their experiences while reporters report what others have witnessed at certain events. Reporters are to leave out their biased opinion unless writing an opinion piece categorized under a different section within the media news outlet they work at.
- Lastly, reporters gather facts and write the stories using AP writing style while bloggers explain their stories through emotions (similar to creative writing).