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Han Solo and why we love flawed, selfish, and cynical heroes

HAN SOLO,A STAR WARS STORY

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Paul Asay - published on 05/19/18

Rooster Cogburn, True Grit (1969)

JOHN WAYNE,TRUE GRIT
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When young Mattie Ross hires Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne) to track down his father’s killer, Rooster’s seen better days. He may have had “true grit,” as Mattie says, a couple of decades ago, but now he’s old, fat, mostly drunk, and would have little interest in helping a little girl get revenge if it wasn’t for all the money she waved in front of his nose. (And even then, he tries to lose her at one point.) But when Mattie’s captured by the killer’s new gang led by “Lucky” Ned Pepper, Rooster and a young Texas Ranger named La Boeuf pull out all the stops to rescue her — Rooster single-handedly taking on four members of Pepper’s gang (including Pepper himself) with his guns a-blazing and the reins clenched in his mouth. Not too bad for a fat, old man.

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