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Four kinds of crazy: ranking the insanity of John Goodman's Coen brothers characters

So the trailer for the Coen Bros. latest, Inside Llewyn Davis, just came out, and it features this wonderful shot of John Goodman:

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That magnificent haircut got me thinking fondly of the astonishing and insane range of characters that Goodman has created for the Coens, and I thought it might be worth a look back.

Number 4: Gale Snoats, Raising Arizona

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Insane behavior: babynapping, bank-robbing, jail-breaking, violently turning on a friend and associate when there's money to be made.

Killer bellowed catchphrase: "Never leave a man behind!"

Number 3: Walter Sobchak, The Big Lebowski

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Insane behavior: threatening to shoot a man for mismarking a score during a league bowling game, assaulting a car with a crowbar, other examples too numerous to mention.

Killer bellowed catchphrase: "Who's the fucking nihilist here?" (I know that "Shut the fuck up, Donny" is the expected selection, but hey, it's my list.)

Number 2: Big Dan Teague, O Brother Where Art Thou?

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Insane behavior: assault and robbery upon kind souls who bought him lunch, selling Bibles without faith, leading a KKK rally, crushing your friend who's been loved up and turned into a horny toad by sirens.

Killer bellowed catchphrase: "It's all about the money, boys!"

Number 1: Charlie Meadows, Barton Fink

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Insane behavior: killing folks, burning builings, delivering boxes that may contain your mother's head.

Killer bellowed catchphrase: "Look upon me! I'll show you the life of the mind!"

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So the trailer for the Coen Bros. latest, Inside Llewyn Davis, just came out, and it features this wonderful shot of John Goodman:

None

That magnificent haircut got me thinking fondly of the astonishing and insane range of characters that Goodman has created for the Coens, and I thought it might be worth a look back.

Number 4: Gale Snoats, Raising Arizona

None

Insane behavior: babynapping, bank-robbing, jail-breaking, violently turning on a friend and associate when there's money to be made.

Killer bellowed catchphrase: "Never leave a man behind!"

Number 3: Walter Sobchak, The Big Lebowski

None

Insane behavior: threatening to shoot a man for mismarking a score during a league bowling game, assaulting a car with a crowbar, other examples too numerous to mention.

Killer bellowed catchphrase: "Who's the fucking nihilist here?" (I know that "Shut the fuck up, Donny" is the expected selection, but hey, it's my list.)

Number 2: Big Dan Teague, O Brother Where Art Thou?

None

Insane behavior: assault and robbery upon kind souls who bought him lunch, selling Bibles without faith, leading a KKK rally, crushing your friend who's been loved up and turned into a horny toad by sirens.

Killer bellowed catchphrase: "It's all about the money, boys!"

Number 1: Charlie Meadows, Barton Fink

None

Insane behavior: killing folks, burning builings, delivering boxes that may contain your mother's head.

Killer bellowed catchphrase: "Look upon me! I'll show you the life of the mind!"

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Is this your homework, Lickona? You're out of your element, Mattie...

And I don't roll on shabbos!

Jan. 24, 2013

"This is what happens when you f--k a stranger in the ass!!!" That's a better catchphrase for Walter, I believe.

And why can't I write the F-word in the comments but you do it twice in your article? Is it because I am ze audience and you are ze author? You OUTRANK me???".

Jan. 25, 2013

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