DZ-03: Making unlikeable protagonists compelling


How do you make obnoxious a-holes compelling?

Stu and Chas delve into unlikable protagonists in comedy. How do filmmakers keep us watching characters who should alienate us? To answer this question, Stu and Chas look at the first 20 pages of HOT FUZZ, AS GOOD AS IT GETS and – of course – GROUNDHOG DAY.

PS: In ANCHORMAN (which we also talk about)… um… they renamed the character of Alicia Corningstone to Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) in the shooting script. We keep on referring to her as Alicia as that is what she is referred to in the screenplay. Wups.


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