- Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Who hasn’t heard this name? If someone hasn’t then probably he’s living under a rock. But no one ever takes a step ahead to actually take some values in his life from this movie character. And it must be fascinating to know this, but this character was actually inspired from Krishna. The entire philosophy of Jack Sparrow can be deduced from his dialogue which he speaks during the fifth installment of the movie series. When he was escaping the police with the girl and the girl says, “I am not looking for any trouble,” and he replies, “What a horrible way to live!” That’s his life. Though one thing that often goes unnoticed is that he knows his ways. He knows his limits, his competence. It’s not rash life. Though he lives moment to moment, but still backs his intelligence to find the way out. And he does somehow. And that’s how it should be. A spontaneous living rather than a dull planned one. Life will find its way. One only needs to let it.
- Edward Bloom (The Big Fish)
You might not have heard the name of the movie, but it’s a must one, especially if you are a fan of powerful ideas presented in the form of symbolism and stories. A free loader, a hippie kind of character that gives you a new hope to live life without the fear of death. That’s the biggest fear in our lives. In this movie Edward Bloom sees his death in the eyes of a witch and gets to know the time of it. And then he is not afraid of doing anything as he knows he’s not going to die yet. A beautiful way to show how we can live a fearless life if we can be free of the fear of death.
- Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
This might seem a lot violent and not the best way to get out of the clutches of society, but still it packs a punch. This movie gives a strong message against consumerism and the ways we have adapted to get fit in the society. And this character played by Brad Pitt is a good one. Some of his quotes can show how he lives;
“Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart.”
“This is your life, and its ending one minute at a time.”
“You are the all-singing all-dancing crap of the world”
“You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you’re satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you’ve got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.”
- Christopher McCandless (Into the wild)
People might get scared a little watching how he ends. But that’s not the best part to see. How he lives is more important than how he dies. Fed up by the lies of the society and seeing it’s hypocrisy, the boys runs away into the wilderness, meets a lot of strangers along the way who turn out to be his friends. This character fills you up with so much enthralling intensity that you wish you could just fly away, far away from the vicious web of the cruel world. Enjoying and merging in your poetry, your songs, your arts, a life full of adventure and joy. This is a must watch character. Watch it before you get entangled in your life presented before you by the society. A life where you don’t have any choice other than to choose a dull old life of career-job-marriage-family-heart attack. This character will inspire you to break your chains and go for something that goes against the stride, even it leads you to dangerous circumstances. It will still be worth it in the end.
- Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump)
The character does not have any special abilities and still turns out to be the most extraordinary. This is the best thing about this character that it inspires you by being simple. In the beginning of the movies little Forrest has a little disadvantage when it comes to his body and mental abilities. With a low IQ score, the principal refuses to give him admission saying he is not normal, and his mother replies, “Define normal.” That’s when you know the character is up for something big. This dialogue from Forrest Gump sums it up clearly “My Momma always said that life is a like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get next.”