Originally Posted by Southern_land
Does the protag have to have a character arc or can he or she reveal the truth of their character as the movie goes on?
I'm working on an idea where the protag is introduced doing some pretty evil deeds (multiple) but as the story progresses hopefully a more sympathetic view of him is presented even though he's still pursuing the same course. He is a man of black and white perceptions where good is good and bad is bad but he's willing to do a potential great evil to acheive a greater good.
Anyone know of any examples where this has been done before? All the examples I can think of have genuine character arcs, not reveals.
Thanks in advance
I think the only way you can make people like protagonists who do evil things is to have them fighting people who are even more evil.
I think a good example of this is found in Mel Gibson's "Payback." There was almost *no* character arc, Gibson's character (Porter) had almost no redeeming qualities, yet you were on his side from the very start.