Saturday, June 4, 2011

Greatest Jerks of the Silver Screen: Burke the Jerk!

Carter Burke: Jerks of the Silver Screen

There have rarely been scumbags immortalized on the silver screen as slimy as Carter Burke, played by Paul Reiser. Reiser, the now-beloved comedian and star of the long running sitcom “Mad About You” (1992-99) said that after Aliens, people would furiously curse at him on the street. Cast as a slimy company man, Burke dressed in irritating futuristic suits with no upper lapel, and always seemed to be sweating. He was a really effective douchebag.

His character is truly awesome. In addition to “personally guaranteeing” to Ripley that the return to planet LV426 was strictly to kill the aliens and not to bring them back or study them, he planned to sabotage Ripley and the soldiers’ sleep pods on the trip home. He even looses an alien face-hugger in a room where Ripley and 11-year-old Newt sleeps. When the aliens attack, he seals other survivors out of what he considers a safe room, only to meet his gruesome and very satisfying end. Carter Burke, I salute you, you horrible weasel!

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