You knew it was coming, right? How could I blog about bad ass heroines and not pay homage to their counterparts? Why would I give up the opportunity to blog about two of my favorite subjects? 🙂 Men and movies.
My romantic heroes/characters range in their level of bad assness (New word! Take notes, Mr. Webster). Since I love Alpha males, it’s surprising that my heroes aren’t all Alpha types. They’re actually a mix of Alpha, Beta and Omega traits, who adamantly refuse to be lumped into one category. It goes against their grain.
However, they’re all smart, sexy, attractive, down to earth, and compassionate. And guess what? Not perfect.
My characters are real estate tycoons, chief financial officers, journalists, police officers, and hot shot cowboy-like entrepreneurs from Nevada. For good measure, I have an ex NavySeal turned chef and a moody, talented musician to keep things interesting. Each have gripes, pet peeves, and unresolved issues like bad tempers, problems with authority, and playing the field. See? Nothing too major.
My heroes also have the innate ability to admit, (after fierce denial) when they’ve been outsmarted or outdone by that special woman who has finally captured their heart.
Now, I’ve been informed (by my heroes) that they’re no pushovers, and they will never lose themselves in a woman or let her have complete control over their feelings. (Yeah, right if they say so.) However, they admit that if the woman is worth it, they do learn to compromise. (Okay … compromise, I’ll buy that for a dollar.)
Some of my favorite bad ass heroes who have graced the silver screen often inspire me, and just out and out make me drool:
Hugh Jackman, X-men, “Wolverine.” When that eyebrow goes up, and he bites down on that cigar, it’s all over. Back up, and head for the hills.
Jason Statham, “The Transporter” is too cool for words. He fights, loves and drives like a madman. But he still has a touch of compassion for those in need of help.
Denzel Washington’s portrayal of a former assassin turned bodyguard in “Man on Fire” had me in tears. He was scary as all get out going after the bad guys, but a real “Creesy Bear” to Dakota Fanning’s kidnapped character.
Bruce Willis in “Die Hard” is always a winner. John McClain is as Alpha as you can get, but he loves his family and his job. And he’s a smart ass! Love that!
Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry,” always makes my day, Wesley Snipes takes charge on “Passenger 57”, and Antonio Banderas in “Desperado,” is a smooth and sexy bad ass with a guitar. Whoa.
Mel Gibson’s, “Mad Max” on his motorcycle—fierce. Sylvester Stallone as “Rambo” and his bow and arrow—all that. Will Smith’s Mike Lowery in “Bad Boys” makes me want to go to Miami. Right now.
And we can never forget classic bad asses, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Yul Brynner, and Bruce Lee.
Of course, I have to name literary bad boys that just knock my socks off. A Linda Howard classic, “Mackenzie’s Mountain” with Wolf, as its patriarch, is the beginning of a family of bad asses. His sons, Joe, Zane, and Chance all have books of their own and all are to die for.
:::Fanning:::: Let me stop. It’s getting a little warm at the computer. Anyway, the Mackenzie series is a serious must read.
Last year, I watched (and purchased) the “Expendables” starring a sweet collection of some of the toughest, sexiness bad asses around. Of course, I was in heaven. By the way, “The Expendables 2” starts in theatres on August 17. Check out the trailer. Guess who will be there taking mental notes. 😉
Oftentimes, I get inspired by a movie I love, and my fingers won’t leave the keyboard. On occasion, some of my favorite movie characters may be seen talking to my romantic heroes. It’s okay if they chat, I just don’t want John McClain or “The Desperado” taking over the pages. Let my guys do their own stunts. 🙂