Sunday, 28 October 2012

The Main Character

                I know it's been a while between my first and second posts. I knew I didn't like talking about myself, but this actually took me a lot longer to write than I had thought. Today is about establishing a baseline. This is going to be a quick look into my brain to make comparing myself to the hunky lead men a little easier for everyone to understand. Recently I was asked to describe myself in 5 words. After a lot of thinking, I came up with: Nerdy, Caring, Fun, Shy, and Chivalrous. For now, that’s all you’ll get, and until I get more than 5 people reading, I am going to try to keep my posts short.

                Okay, so let’s take a look at the first word “Nerdy”. There are many different activities that classify someone as a nerd.  You have your typical math, computer, videogame, fantasy, and book nerds; photography nerds; and movie/TV nerds. And YES, you guys who know everything about every sport are nerds too. Deal with it. For me personally, I gladly encompass almost all of the above (aside from the math part), and that is why I take the term to heart.
                 “Caring” for people is something I take a lot of pride in, and am very good at. From working with kids and animals all my life, to staying up until 4 am on the phone with friends and former athletes, I do what I can to take some of the stress off of others. When there are no words to care or console, I am full of hugs, or kisses, or hand-holds. And I can just sit in complete silence staring off into space. I enjoy cooking, and am good at cleaning, and love kids. I’ll stop there, though, so that this doesn’t end up sounding like a personals ad. (But seriously, I cook).
                “Fun” might not be the fairest way to describe myself because everyone considers different things fun, but that’s exactly why it’s a true description of me. I am a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ kind of guy -meaning I can have a good time doing just about anything. I believe that to truly have fun, it’s not about what you do, it’s about who you do it with.
                Most of the people who know me don’t believe me when I say that I’m “Shy”. I went to school for film acting, and in grade 7 I dressed in full drag and sang a parody to a Britney Spears song. That’s never been an issue for me. I am very shy around new people. I claim that I’m just “taking in my surroundings”, and” getting to know people from a distance”...and that’s partly true. But the fact is I just have no idea what to say. This becomes incredibly annoying when I meet someone attractive and the only word that my brain can think of saying ends up getting stuck in my throat.
                According to Wikipedia, I am bang on the “Chivalrous” money: “Knights vowed to be loyal, generous, and of ‘noble bearing’. Knights were required to always respect the honour of women.” Even by modern standards of holding doors, giving up my umbrella/jacket, and always paying for dinner, I am excelling in this field. Plus, I know how to use a sword. Granted, it may be much harder to find in a lot of guys, but ladies, chivalry is dead because you don’t want it anymore.
              I originally had a much longer, more in depth installment planned. I feel it’s a little too personal, and it’s too much of a reveal for this early in the movie. For now, it’s time to start my quest. My first look into the world of swooning romance is... The Notebook.

Monday, 8 October 2012

The Plot

For those of you who don’t know who I am, my name is David. I am a dog trainer who wants to be an actor when I grow up. Well, not really grow up, but get older (I don’t ever plan on growing up). I will be getting more into myself as I go on, but for now, I like to describe myself as a politically incorrect Disney prince. It might seem a little presumptuous of me, but it’s more accurate than you’d think.
               The purpose of this blog is not just to compare the differences between real life and the movies, but to help me on a quest of sorts. I am looking not only to better myself, but make myself ‘The Perfect Man’. Again, that may sound presumptuous but I have a foolproof way of doing it. I am going to watch some of the most popular romantic movies out there and compare my findings to myself to see what I’ve got, and what I need.
                Once you stop laughing (with or at me), you’ll see that there is a method to my madness. Romantic films are designed to make women swoon (I like that word, so you will see me using it a lot... deal with it) and man, do they work! I haven’t seen the movie, but if I have to hear about ‘The Notebook’ one more time, my brain will explode.
                In fact, that’s the point I am trying to make. There is only one universe where threatening to fall to your death is considered romantic. That’s not something that’s going to get you a wedding. It will get you a restraining order, and either jail time or a psychiatric evaluation (if you don’t splat on the ground). But there is more to it than that. The fact that someone wants to love you so much that they are willing to do whatever it takes for you, THAT’s what is romantic.
                Aside from this quest for my personal Holy Grail, I will also be taking a look at other movie genres, and find things that would only make sense in movies...but more on that to come.