Monday 23 October 2017

The men we love to hate

Don Draper (Jon Hamm)
Don Draper (Jon Hamm)

Frank Coughlan

Walter White (Bryan Cranston)

When we first meet Walt, he's a dedicated if unappreciated high- school chemistry teacher who lives quietly and meekly in the suburbs of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

His transformation from the mild-mannered tutor Mr White to master crystal meth cook and dealer Heisenberg is brilliantly drawn. Over the five (and a half) series of Breaking Bad, creator Vince Gilligan has the time, skill and patience to make the metamorphosis not only credible but understandable.

Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini)

We are never in any doubt about what sort of man Tony Soprano is. He's a mobster and looks, talks and, most importantly, acts like one. He's even in the garbage business.

Behind close doors at home, though, he's Homer Simpson. Saddled with teenagers who take everything for granted and a nagging wife, Carmela, who doesn't understand him, Tony is a man with issues. It is easy to like that man.

Don Draper (Jon Hamm)

In many ways, Don Draper doesn't deserve to be up on the same gallows. Don isn't likely to try to sell you killer drugs, or try to maim or kill you.

But he does peddle lies as one of Manhattan's more brilliant and persuasive admen, cheats on his wife, could very well want to sleep with yours (and succeed) and get you fired from your job on a whim, or out of whiskey-induced malice.

Irish Independent

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