A momentary appreciation for Hermann Gottlieb from Pacific Rim.
Some salient points as to why I adore him.
He’s German, but he does not have the terrible accent. He does not say ‘Schnell!’ once (seriously, nearly any film made by Americans with a German character in there somewhere will have that word uttered loudly, usually more than once). He is also a good guy. For a long time the American conscious couldn’t let go of the German Nazi or sociopath stereotype. If there was a German in the film they were almost guaranteed to be the bad guy.
He’s disabled, and visibly so. I grew up in a household with a mother who had survived Polio and Meningitis that left her permanently disabled. She’s a good person with a good heart and she got around much the same way Hermann did. I took my mother to see this movie. She didn’t say anything about him right after the film, it wasn’t until we were nearly home and I was pulling into her driveway to drop her off that she piped up about him. Here’s a character she could really identify with! And he got to help save the world. And his disability was there, but it wasn’t focused on. No one made a big deal about it. It just was but he was still smart and capable and without him things wouldn’t have fallen into place.
And that is why I love Hermann Gottlieb. There are many more reasons, but those are the two that struck major chords with me.
get your mind out of the gutter, pearl! geeze.
1. the action of delaying or postponing something.
that one time peter had an entire conversation with derek’s eyebrows