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Old 03-07-2008, 03:27 PM
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What is Anton Chigurh's back-story? Make one up! (Possible spoilers)

After we saw No Country for Old Men, my girlfriend and I argued about Anton Chigurh's background. "He's Russian!" I said. "He's Mexican," she insisted. "Come on, his accent is obviously Eastern European, I said." "No, it sounds more Mexican!" she said.

After reading more about the movie and story, it turns out that Chigurh is not supposed to have any background. He's supposed to be completely ambiguous. So we were both wrong.

But this thread is for MAKING UP a backstory for him. Be creative! Use your imagination! But I want to keep it more serious and less comic-oriented, in other words, if you were an actual screenwriter who had to make up a background for Chigurh, what would it be?

Is he some kind of Russian hitman like the guy from Fargo (even though he was Swedish?) Is he an ex-special forces soldier with military or medical training (remember how he dressed his own wound?

What's your take?
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:50 PM
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Well, Javier Bardem, the actor who played Chigurh, is Spanish. The etymology of the name Anton is Eastern European and/or Russian, so maybe his parents are/were immigrants or something.
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Old 03-07-2008, 03:54 PM
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I never thought of him as having a backstory. The story's a morality play; Chigurh is Death on two legs, without the baggage of a normal person, or even a garden-variety psychopath.

However, I'd say he has a background in Marketing.
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:11 PM
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He was just a normal, run of the mill American everyman. He went to work, paid his taxes, and enjoyed the company of asian call-girls. Then one day, he got the worst haircut in the history of the world, and all hell broke loose...

Since then, he's never stopped making them pay.
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:33 PM
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I never thought of him as having a backstory. The story's a morality play; Chigurh is Death on two legs, without the baggage of a normal person, or even a garden-variety psychopath.

However, I'd say he has a background in Marketing.
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:41 PM
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He was just a normal, run of the mill American everyman. He went to work, paid his taxes, and enjoyed the company of asian call-girls. Then one day, he got the worst haircut in the history of the world, and all hell broke loose...

Since then, he's never stopped making them pay.


Supporting actor winner Bardem graciously thanked his directors, the ubiquitous Coens, for his villainous role in "No Country for Old Men" and for "putting one of the most horrible haircuts in history on my head." He addressed part of his speech, in Spanish, to his mother, Pilar, who beamed from her front-row seat. (from an article covering the ceremony -- best thing ever.)
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:08 PM
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Sorry to digress from the "backstory" portion, but has anyone actually read the book? I'm trying to, and the lack of "quotation" marks is driving me crazy.
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:42 PM
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Sorry to digress from the "backstory" portion, but has anyone actually read the book? I'm trying to, and the lack of "quotation" marks is driving me crazy.
I put it away after ten pages. I'm told it's a great book, but the decision to not use correct punctuation - a pure affectation that adds absolutely nothing to the book - drove me crazy in about twelve minutes.
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Old 03-08-2008, 01:16 AM
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I put it away after ten pages. I'm told it's a great book, but the decision to not use correct punctuation - a pure affectation that adds absolutely nothing to the book - drove me crazy in about twelve minutes.
It's not his best. Blood Meridian (his best, and one of the best American novels), All the Pretty Horses, the Orchard Keeper, and even The Road are all better. But if you need quotation marks, or if untranslated spanish bothers you, you're out of luck.
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