We all want a man with the right amount of wicked.
One of my favorite wicked characters is the Merovingian from the Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions. He is this interesting blend of naughty and nerve along with a good dose of humor and a whole lot of power.
So who is Merv? Well, he’s a computer program that controls other computer programs. He is the antithesis of hero – he is out to stop Neo, he is willing to seduce other women while his woman watches and he is unwilling to give up an inch of his domain.
Oh, and he has the MOST fabulous French accent.
“Okay, you have some skill.” Emphasis on “Skeel.”
When Merovingian is on the screen, he must be watched. He compels. He excites. He demands. He makes us laugh. He makes us wish for the same kind of powerful influence.
As a writer, I can only hope that my characters compel in such a way. I read two great quotes recently, one from Lambert Wilson, the actor who played the Merovingian. “He’s the personification of all forms of indulgence in the voluptuousness of life. What he lacks, and therefore what he likes to indulge in, is emotion.”
And the beautiful Monica Bellucci, the actress who played Persephone says, “The Merovingian and Persephone are like vampires in that way. They want to provoke emotion in other people so they can feed on it.”
An apt description of wicked. And if you don’t believe me, here are a few more quotes:
“I love French wine, like I love the French language. I have sampled every language, French is my favorite. Fantastic language. Especially to curse with. It’s like wiping your arse with silk. I love it.”
“What is the reason? Soon the why and the reason are gone and all that matters is the feeling. This is the nature of the universe. We struggle against it, we fight it; but it is of course a lie. Beneath our poised appearance we are completely out of control.”
So here you have my dream character, as wicked characters go.
A few oddities regarding the term MEROVINGIAN.
Interestingly, the true Merovingian were part of a kingdom that included some of France (Gaul.) Legends indicate they were of royal bloodline and were influential in protecting the Holy Grail. There is another persuasion that is convinced the blood-lines of the Anti-Christ will pass through the Merovingian line. Wicked indeed.
Lastly, the Merovingian Knot or as it should rightly be called, the Ediety Knot, is worn by Merv in the movie, if you were eagle-eyed enough to catch it.
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