Remember the RoboCop statue that fans funded through Kickstarter and is slated to be erected somewhere in Detroit? It's nearly finished. Via Screen Crush we have an update on the monument, which stands 10 feet tall and is almost complete, as you can see above.
The idea of putting up statues of fictional movie characters has been met with controversy. The bronze likeness of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) made for the Rocky movies was originally denied permanent placement in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art because it was deemed a cheap and ugly prop rather than "art." And originally the idea of a RoboCop statue was publicly rejected by the mayor of Detroit.
But there's no reason to dismiss these landmarks simply because they're movie-related. People take pride in certain films set in their cities and take ownership of the fictional characters who were scripted as being born or dwelling there. It's not really any different than literary-figure statues, like the Ignatius J. Reilly in New Orleans or the Little Mermaid in Cophenhagen. Even TV characters like Ralph Kramden, Mary Richards, the Fonz and Samantha Stevens have statues in New York City, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Salem, Massachusetts, respectively.
Of course, some citizens think their town history is trivialized by such sculptures, even if they might be good for tourism. RoboCop isn't exactly the kindest film regarding the image of Detroit. Even though that's of a hero, it's not that different from erecting a tribute to Michael Myers in Haddonfield, Illinois, if that were a real place. Or a statue of Frank Booth (of Blue Velvet) in real life Lumberton, North Carolina. It's like putting a Travis Bickle statue in Times Square -- though maybe appropriate since he'd possibly have been happy the scum is gone from those streets.
Other movie characters with statues actually already in their hometowns include Marge Gunderson (Fargo, North Dakota., pictured) and Godzilla (Tokyo), but there could be a lot more. Good suggestions proposed around the Internet in the past include Esther Smith (Judy Garland in Meet Me In St. Louis) in St. Louis, Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront) in Hoboken, Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid) in Receda, California, Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller's Day Off) in Chicago, Harry Lime (Orson Welles in The Third Man) in Vienna, the title foursome from Ghostbusters outside of the real firehouse in New York City and John McClane at Fox Plaza (the stand-in for Nakatomi Plaza in Die Hard) in Los Angeles.
Obviously, New York has a lot of possibilities, from King Kong at the Empire State Building, Parry from The Fisher King at Grand Central Station, Isaac and Mary from Manhattan sitting on a bench looking out at the Queensboro Bridge, Sally (Meg Ryan) orgasming at Katz's Delicatessen. Other suggestions I have are one of Blade Runner's Deckard and Roy Batty atop the Bradbury Building in Los Angeles, (Good) Will Hunting holding a napkin with Skylar's number outside the Baskin Robbins on Bow Street in Boston and Andy Dufresne of The Shawshank Redemption looking up with his arms extended at the Ohio State Reformatory.
Which movie character deserves a statue in his or her hometown?
Here are some responses received so far via Twitter: