Who is your favorite female action heroine?
Okay, you knew I’d come up with this eventually, but Scarlet O’Hara is a real action heroine to me. I mean, she killed Yankees, bullied her family and friends into survival, saved her plantation, and survived the Civil War! AND she made a beautiful dress out of curtains! Curtains, for God sake! What’s more heroic than that?
You know, I generally don't like female action heroes because they usually don't have personalities. That's the thing I liked about Ripley in Alien (but not the later films) -- she had a personality. Most are just mumblers with guns, like Alice in Resident Evil. Anyway, my favorite is Chris Parker from Adventures in Babysitting. Chris is just a normal teenage girl who needs to rise to the occasion when she finds herself in some pretty incredible circumstances.
Panelist: Tennessee Jed
I don't have one. The concept is anathema to me. It's like liberalism, being crammed down my throat. "Women on Top!" "You Go Girl!!" "Anything you can do, I can do better!!!" You never see any big tough tomboy action heroines. They all have to look like Angelina Jolie. It is bullshit, and I'm bored with it.
Black Widow/Natasha Romanov from The Avengers. Most female action heroines are too unrealistic and so having her in a superhero movie makes it easier to suspend disbelief. Plus it's ScarJo and that helps alot.
I struggled with this one but I suppose I will go with the last survivor of the Nostromo: Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver in one classic movie, one classic sequel, one troubled threequel that I still love, and one piece of crap. Ms. Weaver was actually nominated for an Academy Award for Aliens - that would never happen today. And the role was never intended specifically for a woman - all the characters in the Alien script were written as unisex. It's just the hand that was dealt!