9/12: Void Influences – Charles Bronson (1973)
He was the biggest movie star in my world from 1973 into the 90s. There’s not much more I can say about Charles Bronson that I’ve not written already. He was the inspiration for my first ever fictional character (Jeremiah Bronson) when I was 14 and my first fictional novel (I Know Why the Dogwoods Blush), as I wrote about in the early days of my blog, December 21, 2009:
I recently paid homage to him as the primary ingredient missing in the 2011 remake of one of his classic films, The Mechanic:
In short, the late, great Charles Bronson will ALWAYS be the first image I see when I think of an uncompromising, “make your own destiny” tough guy. Whether he was a cowboy (The Magnificent Seven, Once Upon A Time in the West, Red Sun), an Indian (Drumbeat, Chato’s Land), a mafioso (The Valachi Papers, The Family), a professional assassin (The Mechanic, The Evil That Men Do), a vigilante (Death Wish series), a cop (The Stone Killers, From Ten Till Midnight), a fighter (Hard Times), or a soldier (Battle of the Bulge, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape), he was in charge and fearless. As a young writer in my teenage years, he was a tremendous inspiration on the characters I wanted my “heroes” to portray.
Deacon Void may be 100% English, but if you look deep inside, rest assured you’ll see just a touch of tough guy Charlie Bronson!
Why do people enjoy my films? Because audiences like to see the bad guys get their comeuppance.
Charles Bronson (1921-2003)