It told the story of a group of college-age buddies who struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore. Funny yet heart-warming (I'm sure even I teared up a bit at the end), it was filled with memorable dialogue like:
"We all know most marriages depend on a firm grasp of football trivia."
"It just pushed the flaps open?"
"Carol Heathrow. She... is death!"
"Do you ever get the feeling that there's something going on that we don't know about?"
"I'll hit you so hard, I'll kill your whole family."
And of course:
"If you want to talk, you always have the guys at the diner. You don't need a girl if you wanna talk."
And these lines were delivered by a great collection of characters. With great names, and nicknames.
Steve Guttenberg was 'Eddie'....Daniel Stern went by 'Shrevie'...Mickey Rourke hit it out of the park as 'Boogie'....Kevin Bacon scored as 'Fenwick'....Timothy Daly was the straight man and thus just 'Billy'....Ellen Barkin as 'Beth'...Michael Tucker as 'Bagel'....and of course, 'Modell', played by Paul Reiser.
Part of what made that movie, in my mind, was those names or nicknames. They all fit, and added shading and nuance to the characters and their relationships with each other simply with just one simple word and how it was delivered.
Which got me thinking about some of the nicknames I've had over the years.
Pickle (grew out of Dill)
Snake (don't ask)
Coyote (as in Wile E.)
But the most popular two by far have been Dix (right from high school to the present), pretty self evident .... and what yesterdays post reminded me of, and that is the nickname DCD, short for Dark Cloud Dixon. That one evolved from me generally being the mutterer around film sets and writers rooms about 'whether this scene will work' or 'how do we shoot that' or 'are we done yet?' I was a little surprised how quickly it stuck when someone called me that...but it must have seemed appropriate. And I didn't protest too much.
What nickname you give a character can paint them in so many different ways. 'Dill' or 'Pickle' suggests one type of person; 'Dix' or 'Snake' another; and 'DCD' or 'Dark Cloud' someone else altogether - 'Sauve' and 'Wang' something else altogether. Interesting. I'm sure there's a writing tip in there somewhere but I'm too pooped right now to suss it out.
Since most people don't post/comment with their real names this seems a little pointless, but anyone care to share the origin story of their nickname(s)?