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July 21 2015

Malcolm Reynolds is one of Empire's '100 Greatest Movie Characters'. Captain America, Loki and Iron Man also make the list which was voted for by the magazine's readers.

Less than 10% of the characters are women. Is that a reflection on the lack of diversity in movies, on society as a whole, or just Empire readers?
All of the above? The genres which are more often led by women don't really feature on this list, so that might account for some of it. But there are surely female characters who deserve a place there over lots of them. As for the lack of diversity... Joss, we need you!
It's very skewed to a younger audience, possibly not surprising. But the lack of women is shocking.
What you all said. I think one has to consider what kind of audience Empire Magazine probably has. That does not make it OK, of course: it is shocking and horrible, and seeing that the 1st woman showed up in the second half of 100 .... Gr Argh!

Also, is it true that the Mal Reynolds role was originally intended for Nicholas Bredon? I had never heard that before.
Seems unlikely as he was still on Buffy!
Also, is it true that the Mal Reynolds role was originally intended for Nicholas Bredon? I had never heard that before.

Not sure whether/where it was ever explicitly stated, but my understanding is that joss used him as an actor template, if you will, when he was first creating the character. I believe he was also auditioned for it (pretty sure it's mentioned during one of the Firefly episode commentaries.)
Maybe this intention was flying at the time Xander would die in Season 5, being Glory's human host.
I mean, I know Nathan Fillion auditioned for Angel, but weird about Nicky Brendon though.

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