Well, some movies never mentioned the real names of their iconic characters, but we still remember them by their aliases or nicknames for their memorable performances. Here’s Crizic’s list of 7 Greatest Movie Characters with No Real Name.
7. Daniel Craig in Layer Cake
What’s he called in the movie? : XXXX
For nearly a decade now we have known Daniel Craig as James Bond, but 007 was a drug lord who is called XXXX in the movie Layer Cake.
6. Viggo Mortensen in The Road
What’s he called in the movie? : Man
Actually no one in the post-apocalyptic drama starring Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee in main roles has a name, a tactic that was adapted from the book the movie is based on. They are simply known as Man, Boy, Woman, and Veteran in the movie.
5. Chiwetel Ejiofor in Serenity
What’s he called in the movie? : The Operative
Well, The Operative hardly comes to anyone’s mind when the aforementioned topic is discussed, but that’s because the conversation between The Operative and Mal was so involving, we never bothered about his name. He played a huge role in the success of Serenity, the movie responsible for compensating the big mistake that cancelling the greatest sci-fi show ever, Firefly, was.
4. Ryan Gosling in Drive
What’s he called in the movie? : Driver
In this exciting neo-noir movie, we know that Ryan Gosling is a stuntman, mechanic, a getaway driver, but we still don’t know what to call him, other than “Driver”.
3. Hugo Weaving in V For Vendetta
What’s he called in the movie? : V
In the performance of a lifetime by Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving in the allegorical thriller, V for Vendetta, it never mattered who the antihero beneath the Guy Fawkes mask was or what was his real name. V and the mask became the idea and the instruments to fight the oppressive government.
2. Clint Eastwood in The Man with No Name Trilogy
What’s he called in the movies? : Joe, Manco, Blondie
Although Clint Eastwood has a different nickname in each of the three movies, there is no revelation of his real name. And even though it was not originally intended, but considering the common angle of the same character played by the same person with same mannerisms, the three movies were later rebranded as The Man with No Name Trilogy.
1. Edward Norton in Fight Club
What’s he called in the movie? : The Narrator
Two actors, Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden whose posters now remain on our walls since we watched the movie and Edward Norton, The Narrator, who gave the greatest performances of their individual careers in the movie that inspired an entire generation of people(and still does), and established a cult following, Fight Club.