Welcome to The Dan Cave! No compliment for you today…because you look so good I’m speechless. See? I was just kidding.
Let’s get this out of the way: today’s episode is brought to you by Universal and Legendary’s Seventh Son, which opens in theaters this Friday. While I won’t tell you whether or not you should see the film (please do), I will tell you that Ben Barnes plays Tom Ward, a young man who suddenly finds himself thrust into an epic battle for the fate of the world as we know it. Even though he has Jeff Bridges by his side, our hero takes more than a little coaxing to accept his destiny. Though as we well know, sometimes the best heroes are the ones from whom we expect the least. As such, Tom Ward is a perfect example of the classic “reluctant hero” archetype. So, today on The Dan Cave, I am delving into the annals of pop culture to round up some of the best examples of the reluctant hero in film.
Though I am reluctant to admit it, I’m sure I forgot plenty of other excellent examples of the archetype. So tell me — who do you think are the greatest reluctant heroes? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter (@Osteoferocious)!
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