What a contrast and this time its not Wolverine versus Magneto but their pre-X-MEN characters. As much as Connor was a cad its Jackman’s pre-claws role as Stanley the sweetheart that is an antidote to father hunger. Stanley starts out not in his daughter’s life because his ex-wife got sole custody and played the family court system against him. Enter pre-Storm Halle Berry as Ginger who gives him an opportunity to make alot of money fast so he can win back his beloved daughter Holly. Stanley says no at first until Ginger ask, "Have you talked to Holly lately?" Stanley reacts in anger and throws Ginger out but he agrees to the risky hacking job. In between Stanley risks being arrested by picking up Holly at school when she is forgotten by her mother. As for that other ginger, if Connor couldn’t love anyone but himself, Stanley can only love Holly completely and can’t bear to not be with his daughter.
So … in the realm of handsome Adonis … on one corner we have Hugh Jackman as Stanley in Swordfish and now as Charlie in Reel Steel … in the other corner we have Michael Fassbender as Connor in Fish Tank and now Dr. Jung (who also betrays his wife and children) in A Dangerous Method. Question of the Day: Who would you rather? The common denominator is that in both Fish Tank and Swordfish the daughter was neglected by a often drunk mother but the happy ending in one was up to the father. My choice: I love the nice guys!
Yes, I know it’s just a film but Fish Tank’s Connor deserved a left hook and a sucker punch from Swordfish’s Stanley and Real Steel’s Charlie.