I actually was gonna make a point with visual aids about how Johnny Ringo acts cowardly in ‘Tombstone’. But silly me, I overlooked a MUCH more obvious choice: Ike Clanton.
Ike Clanton takes every chance he can get to PUSH the other side (the Earps, Holiday), but in the end, in the MOMENT (see…some moments have more importance than others…that’s why you have to live in them: you never know when a nothing moment will turn into a much more important moment), he runs away, leaving his younger brother Billy (who by all acounts fought valiantly) to die.
If you push, if you keep pushing, you better be ready for a push back. And that’s the moment of truth: Are you a coward, or aren’t you?
Of course, most people/times/occasions/etc that bluster collapse when their bluff is called. BUT…there is always the smallest chance that you’ll find someone who is NOT bluffing. And THAT (the odds) is the ONLY thing that keeps wannabes in business.
I guess the world needs ’em, huh?
Great odds they won’t call…but IF…IF they do, you better be better than Ringo vs. Holiday.
I still think that, as adapted movie warnings go, this is pretty d@mn good:
“If you ever X, I’ll make John Doe’s “SLOTH” look supremely merciful in comparison.”
Course, that’s just BS from me. But it makes a somewhat interesting reference.
FAIR USE: CRITICISM – Great clip from an underrated movie.