After watching Heroes last night, and doing a swift read-by of the message boards at Television Without Pity, it has been confirmed yet again that there is something incredibly sexy about a scar on a man's face. The Future Peter Petrelli has been described as all kinds of hot, and I don't disagree, although I'll say it's not just the scar, it's the attitude. Which kind of goes with the scar.
A scar means your hero's been seriously wounded, and survived. He's one tough cookie.
But the scar shows he's vulnerable, too. He might be acting all Mr. Tough-Nothing-Can-Hurt-Me Guy, but we can see that's not true.
More than that, surviving such a serious wound, and the receiving of it, should have caused some serious emotional trauma. He's a Guy With Issues.
That's one reason I wanted the hero of my first book to have lost an eye in battle. He's tough enough to survive, but he's far from unscathed, both inwardly and outwardly.
Why have him lose an eye? Because one of my earliest, most vivid memories is of my great-grandfather, who lost an eye dynamiting a tree stump. He never wore a patch, and I can still remember the wrinkled, empty eye socket.
A couple of other scarred heroes I like: Snake Plisskin, an eye-patch-wearing tough guy played by Kurt Russell in Escape from New York. I see Gerard Butler's going to be in the remake. Although I'm not keen on remakes, I'll be there.
Kurt Russell also portrayed another scarred hero in Soldier - and that guy's emotional scars were far, far worse than his physical ones.
I'll be going to see Spiderman III to see the scarred James Franco (so good in Tristan & Isolde!), and also because Spiderman's gonna go evil. I'm intrigued by those elements, and glad they aren't just going with another villain makes nasty, although I understand there'll be plenty o' that, as well.