I'll always remember the first time I watched Aliens for two reasons: the first was that James Cameron's sci-fi action scared the living daylights out of me (at the tender age of 12, those chest-bursters were pretty horrifying) but the second reason, and the subject of today's discussion, is that it was the first time I started to think that maybe boys weren't so icky after all. That's right, in the midst of watching one of the greatest action films ever made, I fell a little bit in love with Corporal Dwayne Hicks (played by Michael Biehn). Now as I've grown up, my practical adult brain knows that Hicks is just a variation of the strong and silent type that pops up in most movies (especially James Cameron movies), but that doesn't change the fact that when it comes down to it, Hicks was my very first movie crush.
So what was it about Hicks that made him so darn appealing? Well, other than the fact that the man could fill out some futuristic body armor like nobodies business, what made Hicks so crushable was that he liked Ripley, and he liked her butch. Think about it, they bond over weapons and strategizing and a suicide pact -- hardly your traditional romance. Growing up with a neverending stream of damsels in distress in my movies, the thought that a capable, strong woman being sexy to someone as fine as one Corporal Hicks was pretty reassuring to a non-girly girl like myself -- and the romantic in me still melts when he gives Ripley that tracking device ... well, it's romantic to me.
Now that I've embarrassed myself it's your turn, leave your first movie crush in the comments below...