#MCM: Jack Burton

Note: This is a repost from the old blog! But, I couldn't have a new blog/site without mention of Jack Burton! I hope you enjoy!

Just remember what ol’ Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol’ storm right square in the eye and he says, “Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it.”
— Jack Burton

This week's Main Character Monday (or Man Crush Monday since both apply to this guy) award goes to Jack Burton, baby! The main character in Big Trouble in Little China is one of my top five favorite characters of all time! So let me give him a little love here.


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Jack is absolutely 100 percent flawed.

I love flawed main characters because, to me, reading along with the guy/gal who trip, curses, has awkward moments, and genuinely screws things up is way more relatable than following someone who is always right and on top of things.

But there are plenty of flawed main characters... So what makes Jack special to me?

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Throughout the entire movie, Jack barely does anything right other than have a good heart. He stumbles, flings weapons aside on accident, has lipstick smeared on him as talks to the bad guy, almost drowns a few times, gets beat up some, and endures a few other mishaps that a lot of other main characters seem to avoid/overcome. If you really want to get technical, it's the secondary characters that really save the day. Jack just happens to be around, talking about how weird everything is and constantly inflating that ego of his.

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Yet, I loved him. If Jack Burton was real I would have followed him into Underground Chinatown without hesitation...though, I'd bring a lot of weapons.

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Jack Burton is a flawed character with the best intentions and very little tact. That's a winning combo in my book. Plus, THOSE QUOTES of his are just too good not to love!

When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like that: “Have ya paid your dues, Jack?” “Yessir, the check is in the mail.”
— Jack Burton
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I put Jack in the Scoundrel category but, at the same time, not in the same one as Han Solo or Mal. Jack is the rugged man you want in your bed but maybe not the skilled man you want to go into war with alone. (Read: My earlier comment about bringing a lot of weapons with me.)

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So here's to Jack! He's a hilarious, loveable man with a heart of gold and a big mouth! Check him out in Big Trouble in Little China (also one of my top 5 favorite movies of all time)!


It's on Netflix so #getonit!