Films that the hero is called “john/jack”

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Jet Beetle

Sr Member
Gone but not forgotten.
It's not a Hollywood tradition - it goes back much farther -

Jack and Jill
Jack and the beanstalk/ aka Jack the giantkiller
Jack B Quick
Jack Sprat
Little Jack Horner
 

dbalschi

Sr Member
Saw this on E online


Why must every major film hero be named Jack? There's a new George Clooney movie out, and I won't see it because—guess what his name is!
—Cordie, via the inbox

Oh don't stop there. There was Jack Shephard in Lost. Jack the hero of the video game Bioshock. Jack Ryan from the Tom Clancy books and movies. Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. Jack Bauer from 24. Jack Welles from the new movie Takers. And on and on and on.

It's not the only name out there, but it is the most hackneyed. Here's why:

It's safe.

Americans are almost hard-wired to respond to "Jack" as a hero because of its connection to protagonists since the days of fairy tales. Fairy tale heroes are always named Jack, too, and they're always—such as the giant killer—a bit of a badass.

The word Jack is also, literally, generic.

At some point in its English origins, "Jack" became a shortcut for the word "guy" or "dude." So—again, literally—Jack is a shortcut reference for an everyguy. Which, in turn, makes it an ideal name for a typical movie protagonist.
 

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joker-scar

Well-Known Member
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Jack Torrence was a hero?
Hmmm... I've seen The Shining about 57 times and never caught that... but I'll give it another look
ok...I guess "hero" in this instance is a S.....t.....r.....e....c......h.
 

KyleReese2015

Active Member
Jack Driscoll. That's the name of the playwrite in the Peter Jackson King Kong movie.
Btw, the costumes were spot on with the period!!!
 

Trooper_trent

Master Member
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I was actually thinking about How many times Tom Cruise has played a "Jack"
started to google it and...
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Riceball

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Although not really a hero per se and never really shown, as far as I know, Jack Crusher, father of Wesley.
 

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