If you are unaware of this amazing character, he is the costar of: The Big Lebowski, directed and written by the Coen Brothers. If you have never seen the movie here’s what he looks like:
Walter is my absolute favorite character in the movie and I continue to watch it repeatedly, on a Howard Hughes-“Ice Station Zebra” level of repetition. This is due 100% to John Goodman. I couldn’t even fathom another actor in John’s place, and quite frankly the movie would have been crippled by any other person’s portrayal of such a specifically designed character…….I suppose the writers/directors had something to do with it as well.
A loyal friend of “The Dude” Jeffery Lebowski, Walter doles out his wisdom regardless of inquiry. He is a hot-tempered Vietnam Vet, as well as a league bowler. He also owns a Home Security Store. Where he sells all sorts of equipment made for your protection. Just in case you are one of the few that has yet to see this movie, I won’t tell you what Walter is holding or what he plans to do with these items…..You’re welcome by the way, not that you deserve it!
Walter pretty much has a knack for speaking at the wrong time or at least at the wrong volume. However, this comes along with a strange sense of humility which usually manifests as arrogance. (Trust me I’m always right) Walter’s devotion to his friends and (strangely) his ex-wife, is demonstrated many times and on many different levels. For example, carting around his ex’s dog with him while she goes on vacation with her new lover shows how willing he is to bend for a “loved” one. On the other hand when Walter thinks that someone is trying to take advantage of him, he meets them with a torrent of emotion i.e. the “Mark it zero” scene, in which he pulls a gun on a fellow bowler for breaking a rule. These things give an extra pump of reality to Walter’s character. Which in turn draws me towards him even more.
With his facial expressions alone, Walter tops the chart of awesome characters in this movie. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to watch this movie with someone who hasn’t seen it before, because against my will I begin to quote the film at least once in every scene. I implore you to watch the movie if you haven’t seen it. So does Walter….
Looks like he means business to me. I wouldn’t risk it go ahead and watch the movie. I promise you that without a doubt you may or may not be thoroughly engrossed by this movie.
Some Other Reasons I’m Obsessed with Walter Sobchak:
- He knows what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass (Something we’ve all wondered)
- Any of his many interactions with Steve Buscemi’s character: Donny
- He’s a snazzy dresser
- He taught me about Prior Restraint and how the Supreme Court feels about it as well
- His dedication to the general understanding and implementation of the rules
- His appreciation of Dance Quintets
- His knowledge of aquatic mammals
- He can get you a toe, with nail polish (If that’s what you’re looking for)
And so many more!!
This has been another LoEB weekly rendition of how much of a dork/nerd I am. Thank you if you read this far. If I still have your attention here are some other blogs for you to check out.
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Until nest time.