Steve Fesenmaier (fesenms@wvlc.lib.wv.us)
Tue, 03 Jun 2003 11:28:15 -0400

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Arnold Schwarzenegger hosts this new
entertainment special saluting the greatest heroes and
villains in American movies. During the broadcast, the
confidential list of 50 heroes and 50 villains will be
revealed by some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Among those interviewed for the special are Kathy
Bates, Carl Bernstein, Erin Brockovich, Hayden
Christensen, Wes Craven, Geena Davis, Kirk Douglas,
Robert Englund, Sally Field, Louise Fletcher, Harrison
Ford, Milos Forman, Jodie Foster, William Friedkin,
Celeste Holm, Dennis Hopper, Frank Langella, Angela
Lansbury, Janet Leigh, Elmore Leonard, Malcolm
McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Christopher Reeve, Susan
Sarandon, Ridley Scott, Sylvester Stallone, Oliver Stone
and Sigourney Weaver.

In 2002, AFI distributed a ballot with the names of 400
nominated characters to a jury of 1,500 leaders in the
film community, including film artists (directors,
screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers, etc.),
critics and historians. The names were not categorized
into heroes and villains and were left ambiguous,
leaving it for the jury to decide who they determined to
be a hero, and who a villain.

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Heroes and Villains!

The jurors were asked to consider the following
criteria while making their selections:

Feature-Length Fiction Film:
The film must be in narrative format, typically more
than 60 minutes in length.

American Film:
The film must be in the English language with
significant creative and/or financial production elements
from the United States.

For voting purposes, a "hero" was defined as a
character(s) who prevails in extreme circumstances and
dramatizes a sense of morality, courage and purpose.
Though they may be ambiguous or flawed, they often
sacrifice themselves to show humanity at its best.

For voting purposes, a "villain" was defined as a
character(s) whose wickedness of mind, selfishness of
character and will to power are sometimes masked by
beauty and nobility, while others may rage unmasked.
They can be horribly evil or grandiosely funny, but are
ultimately tragic.

Cultural Impact:
Characters who have a made a mark on American
society in matters of style and substance.

Characters who elicit strong reactions across time,
enriching America's film heritage while continuing to
inspire contemporary artists and audiences.

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