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Father Michael Kovak, the exorcism student in the film, "The Rite" is loosely based on real-life Father Gary Thomas, of California. I thought that was an interesting Gary. I vastly preferred the book myself. It was one of my favorite King novels after "The Stand". I disagree with her politics, but don't hate her. <You will be missed.> Indeed he will. I always liked him. His best role for me was Lt. Rico Petrone in "The Talking of Pelham 1-2-3". In reply to the esteemed Mr Schmidt Looked in the first 'goofs' thread and found this. I was responding to a question about whether I related to Nick. [b]I do relate to Nick somewhat, but with certain reservations. King has a soft spot if I might use that term for people who are disadvantaged. He favors racial minorities, older people, those who are disabled, and those who are outcasts for whatever reason. This, while it is commendable, often shows itself in ways that are not entirely realistic. Here, I am not just referring to The Stand, but other works such as Carrie, It, The Shining, Cycle of the Werewolf and Dreamcatcher. King's problem is that he quite often overdoes it. By presenting these characters as larger than life, or as having extraordinary abilities, he may be creating expectations among the able-bodied that cannot be fulfilled. For example, going by my own experience, I think that making Nick a leader was extremely unrealistic, and even he (that is, Nick) knew it. Making Tom, who was mentally retarded, Stu's instrument of salvation was another such moment. Likewise with Mother Abagail. In Dreamcatcher, Duddits saves the day, and the Loser's Club in It triumphs over all. In Carrie, you have the victim/heroine giving the villains their just desserts and The Shining (and The Stand) has a old Black person as one of the main 'good guys' (I have heard them and other of King's Black characters referred to as 'magical Negroes'). In Cycle of the Werewolf, later made into the movie Silver Bullet, the young hero is in a wheelchair. Harold Lauder, in The Stand, and Carrietta White in Carrie, are very well-written characters. In fact, they are so well-written that I wonder if King was not writing about his own experiences growing up. In The Pale Horse, one of the characters is loosely modeled after me.[/b] King has a penchant for lifting up people that most would think of as disadvantaged. The disabled, racial minorities, etc. The problem is that he often does so in ways that might make others think of them as super-human. I'm disabled myself, having cerebral palsy and a serious hearing impairment. In addition to that, I broke my arm a couple of days ago and I'm typing this with one hand. Prejudice against us is still strong,, but it is getting much better than it was in the 50's and the 60's. My concern is that King may mythologize both their level of acceptance and what the disabled can actually do. I am a writer and I tend to be more realistic in how my disabled characters are portrayed and the level of acceptance that they face. One character--modeled after myself--is treated by another character as though he were mentally retarded, with a major impact on the rest of the story. King is a great writer, one that I greatly admire, even though he tends to be somewhat sloppy, and "The Stand" is my favorite by far. I've read the book at least 25 times, and I just got through with it once more. The 1994 miniseries is very frequently watched on DVD and now blu-ray. I recognize the Nick was chosen by God and his position in the Zone is largely determined by that, but King's portrayal of Nick and others still concerns me. You're right: it is a masterful story and one of my all-time favorites by any writer.. 2 The Judge is also not listed. 2 Quite so. While I didn't think the Rob Lowe version was all that, bad, and Andre Braugher did a very good portrayal, I still didn't see the point of changing not only Matt Burke's ethnicity, but his sexual orientation. Another thing that irritates me as well, is Hollywood's seeming obsession with villains being neo-Nazis, KKK, or White supremacists or other right-wingers. The US is almost always the bad guys, rarely the Marxists or Islamic terrorists. The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. Hollywood is obsessed with it. There's British actor Gary Raymond from "The Rat Patrol" and "Jason and the Argonauts". Thank you!! Just remembered another Gary in TPH. The one I was thinking of earlier was Gary Alvarez: that's the major 'Gary' character and the minor one, who doesn't show up until near the end is Gary Cohen. Keep reading!! Gary Alvarez is introduced in Oklahoma fairly soon after another group's arrival in Nevada. View all replies >