''There sure are a lot of white guys on that list. But, that's Hollywood.''
The list, of course, is only half-complete. We have no Asians yet. Mifune was brought up earlier, which was a good point. If he doesn't make the cut for badassery, talent or cultural impact, what hope is there for Gedde Watanabe, Dennis Dun or Kiriyama from BATTLE ROYALE?
When all's listed and done I'll try to explain another criteria which led to my specific group of 40 finalists.
Today I gave GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL on DVD to an Asian friend who hadn't seen it for over 50 years. He, too, prefers Douglas to Lancaster. I do also, sheerly in terms of his entertainment factor. You have to appreciate a guy who survives a helicopter crash and a stroke both after his 70th birthday. He was easily the best part of last year's Oscars. But obviously I can't yet confirm nor deny he'll be in the top 20 yet. Incoming.....
20. Jaleel White
19. Victor Bannerjee
18. Jaye Davidson
17. Pedro Armendariz, Jr.
16. Bert Kwouk
I'm kidding, Harvey. But if Samuel L. Jackson were the only non-Caucasian in the entire 40, would that wound my stainless reputation for original quality?