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Just recently came across an interview from a little while back with Jensen Ackles about S6, where he compares Dean's experience to Sgt James in The Hurt Locker. I nearly flailed out of my seat because of OMG SO TRUE. I'm not going to say that I drew explicit parallels between the characters and experiences, because there are a lot of differences in the telling of their stories, and also I watched it/wrote about it a while ago, before I saw or knew anything much at all about S6, and also because I don't bring everything in my life back to SPN. Because that would be NUTTY.


But the similar threads in the stories are a big part of what drew me to them. Enough to write about them and explore them. I'm not going to say much more about it than I already have, except to say read that and/or watch the movie. SRSLY WATCH TEH MOVIE. You can listen to me windbag on anytime.

Also? My opinion/interpretation for Sgt James at the end of the movie is the same as my opinion/interpretation for Dean where he is now.


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Oct. 7th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
I would be remiss if I did not reply to this and say YES and EXACTLY and he saw it coming and I love that he used that as inspiration. Dean's jacket at home even looks like James' jacket at the end of the movie!
Oct. 8th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
That WOULD be remiss of you! I need to read that meta, just not, you know ... now. Life, and whatnot. Grrr.

I don't know if you read the interview with Jeremy Renner I linked in the other post, but I love some of the things he says (and how much of it could apply to Dean):

I had the ultimate respect for the guy. The love for the craft that he does makes him a sane person and not some junkie. It’s so obvious that this guy could be a thrill junkie, this guy’s bravado and all—that’s just one note that I did everything I my power to not play—that is part of him absolutely, but I just focused on all of the things. Like focusing on the bomb part, the love of his craft, the respect of his job, the relationship with the child, that really was an important aspect to the character, those things informed me. The bomb suit informed me how this guy walks, all of these things kind of just came and presented themselves to me, and I just kind of went with it, you know.


Do you think he is broken?

Renner: Yeah, I think he’s damaged in some ways. You know, my first question to Kathryn was, “how should the audience feel at the end of this movie when James goes back, how do you want them feeling?” I’m like “is he a martyr, do you feel torn, do you feel happy that he has to go do this, I mean, how should we feel?” And as she told me, and it was pretty much as I thought, from that I made discoveries that informed to what that was. Approaching it from the inside. What she wanted people to feel like at the end of the movie, and it is supposed to be more of a positive feeling.

I mean ... yeah. That moment, when Dean unveils the Impala ... that's James walking off the plane. Same thing. *flails moar*
Oct. 8th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I love that. Jeremy Renner totally blew me away in that movie. I think that's the first time I ever really got what it was like to be a career soldier at home. I was very much wearing those shoes. I think Jensen manages to do the same thing with Dean on a very regular basis, so when I heard that it was going to be inspiring some things he did, it made total sense to me. I think he pulled off the homage well without beating anyone over the head with it (sans cereal run).

That moment, when Dean unveils the Impala ... that's James walking off the plane. Same thing. *flails moar*
Oh lordie, YES. I KNOW. *claps hand over huge grin*
Oct. 10th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Jeremy Renner totally blew me away in that movie.


Jensen manages to do the same thing with Dean on a very regular basis

Some actors just have a knack for inviting you inside the character, and Jensen is definitely one of them. It's like he slowly took Dean from "You can have the outside all you want and do what you like with it, but the inside belongs to me, because you don't get it anyway" (which is where I think Jeremy played Sgt James) to "Here's my heart and soul in your hands. Please be gentle." (Without really changing the character's attitude to letting people in at all.) It's no wonder there's such cathexis in fandom with these sorts of things ... and also explains Dean's deep discomfit with the LARPers.
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