Film Courage: Do you think the notion of the anti-hero has become stronger in our culture now?
Dr. Ken Atchity, Author/Producer: Yes, I think the antihero has been around for a hundred years or more. Maybe longer than that actually? Maybe all the way back to the Odyssey because maybe Ulysses is kind of an anti-hero? He’s most of the time. He is lying and he’ll avoid a fight by telling a story that disarms the fight although he gets in a few fights but nonetheless most of the time he’s kind of an anti-hero that way. Because his purpose (his mission) is to get home and it’s not to just defeat this person. So he chooses battles and I think an anti-hero has been with us forever and will be. Characters in a lot of TV series like BREAKING BAD are definitely about an anti-hero right (And OZARK).
I think antiheroes are all around us and one of the things that kind of we don’t notice is that over the years the audience starts preferring antiheroes (one part of the audience anyway prefers anti-heroes) prefers them to heroes.
They are therefore so familiar to us that we don’t even notice that they are antiheroes anymore. The other part of the audience (I guess the younger part) that’s interesting too. Because I think it’s younger person prefers heroes over covert heroes (Iron Man, Spiderman and all of that).
I think as people get older and more experienced of the complications of life they start realizing that what is more interesting to them is an ordinary woman working at the Post Office becomes a hero against her will but she doesn’t have a better choice and a lot of people can relate to it. It’s easier to relate to heroes when you’re younger and still think you can conquer the world…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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