I learned years ago from a wonderful teacher that “everyone
is the hero of their own story” and “everyone justifies their own
actions.” When was the last time
you saw a great performance in a film from an actor who judged his character or
read an incredible book about a villain who thought they were just bad for no
reason? For me, it’s never! I can remember a few years back when
Forest Whitaker won an Oscar for best actor portraying the brutal Ugandan
dictator Idi Amin. The story was
told as was seen by his personal physician during the 1970s. What made the performance so amazing
and haunting at the same time was not that Whitaker chose to play this dictator
as a bloodthirsty maniac, but instead he played him as a charismatic leader and
justified every action he made.
research for War of Wings, I watched
the enlightening 1985 documentary about the Holocaust, Shoah, in hopes that I would understand how Hitler was able to not
only fool the masses into traveling to their death, but also lead so many as a
dictator without being assassinated.
I realized after seeing the 9 and ½ hour film that Hitler too was also
don’t follow leaders they don’t like, so I had to make Lucifer who brought down
1/3 of the angels the same. The only
way to handle my antagonist in War of
Wings was to have Lucifer truly believe he was right and justify every
decision he made even if it was wrong in the eyes of others. I hope you read War of Wings and I hope you are able to see the similarities in Lucifer
and the two infamous figures I have mentioned. Happy reading and thank you for your support!