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Trailer Boner

December 26, 2006

So I’m in the movie theater waiting for Children of Men to begin & there’s a trailer for a generic looking Mark Wahlberg action movie when suddenly one of the characters mentions Wahlberg’s character by name: Bob Lee Swagger.  It turns out that Stephen Hunter’s Point of Impact (the first of three books he wrote about Swagger) is being made into a movie, (renamed “Shooter,” cause apparently “Point of Impact” wasn’t clear enough) and I got a total movie trailer boner for the rest of the trailer. You can see it here, but on re-watching, it’s really nothing all that special unless you’re a massive nerd for the Swagger books like I am.

Even though I am a total pansy liberal & don’t own a gun & all that crap, there’s something intensely satisfying about Hunter’s books.  Three about Bob Lee, and three about his Dad Earl which are all set 30 years earlier when Earl was a soldier returning from WWII.  All six books are essentially the same book, with a dramatic narrative that follows the traditional three act story arc:

  1. Trouble arises
  2. Swagger gets a gun
  3. Trouble is shot repeatedly.

In the Earl Swagger stories, sometimes trouble gets punched, cause Earl was more of a physical badass.  Also, in the Bob Lee stories, trouble usually gets shot from very far away, cause Bob Lee is the WORLD’S GREATEST SNIPER. 

And there’s the appeal of the books, really.  Bob Lee’s the Michael Jordan of shooting people from very far away.  Now, any time you’re the best in the world at what you do, it’s a pretty special thing, but there’s the best & then there’s THE BEST.  For example, my dad’s like the Michael Jordan of knowing about France in the 1100s – 1300s.  Very few people know the European book trade of the middle ages the way he does.  But in my heart I think I know no one’s making a movie about him, and if they did, Mark Wahlberg probably wouldn’t play him.