They come into our lives quickly, yearning for a state football title that never was, yelling “put that coffee down,” or jamming to Sister Christian on an awesome mix tape.
Then they’re gone..but never forgotten.
Here are ten supporting characters we’d love to see come back and take the lead:
Megan (Melissa McCarthy), Bridesmaids
Yes, please. Melissa McCarthy crafted a fully realized person with Megan, someone we kind of recognized, someone we’d like to see in almost any situation.
Carl Spackler (Bill Murray), Caddyshack
Drop us into Carl Spackler’s life at any point at all, and just leave us there for a couple hours. That’s really all we ask.
Blake (Alec Baldwin), Glengarry Glen Ross
We must have more! Alec Baldwin seared right through the celluloid with his one big speech, leaving us wanting more from this ball buster.
Rosalyn Rosenfeld (Jennifer Lawrence), American Hustle
Jennifer Lawrence so fully developed this relatively minor character that we were mesmerized, and we want to see more. Maybe show us her courtship with Irving, maybe take us to her new life with mafioso Pete. Hell, just leave us at home with Rosalyn, her son and her “science oven” – that would probably be entertaining enough.
Charlie Meadows (John Goodman), Barton Fink
Few filmmakers can pack a screenplay with more fascinating supporting characters than the Coens, and John Goodman’s had the great fortune of playing many of them. Walter? He could get a movie. Roland Turner, junky bluesman from Inside Llewyn Davis could probably shoulder a full film. But Goodman’s most mysterious and complex performance came as Barton Fink‘s unusual neighbor Charlie Meadows, and we’d like to know what made him tick.
Rahad Jackson (Alfred Molina), Boogie Nights
Indeed, almost every character in Paul Thomas Anderson’s brilliant Boogie Nights could hold our attention in a film of their own, but it’s Rahad Jackson, Night Ranger lover, who really piqued our interest.
Margie Hendricks (Regina King), Ray
Certainly Hendricks, longtime backup singer and secret girlfriend to Ray Charles, led a life fascinating enough to merit a film, but it was Regina King’s performance in Ray as the saucy, troubled chanteuse that compels her inclusion on this list. King ranks among the most underappreciated and versatile talents working today, but her turn in this biopic is her best.
Uncle Rico (John Gries), Napoleon Dynamite
What was high school like for Uncle Rico? Why is he living currently in that RV? What will his next business venture bring? Honestly, anything Uncle Rico does would entertain us.
Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe), Wild at Heart
The David Lynch universe is populated by dozens of fascinating characters, including, of course, Dennis Hopper’s Frank Booth. But Bobby Peru is the one we just didn’t get quite enough time with. The most exciting item to hit Big Tuna since the ’86 cyclone, Bobby needs a full backstory movie.
Quint (Robert Shaw), Jaws
Here’s a guy who lived a life, workin’ for a livin’ and sharkin‘…right up until a shark ate him. We want to see some of his other adventures. You know, the ones he survived.