Johnnie Gray is the main protagonist of the 1927 silent film, The General. He's a Southern railway engineer. He was portrayed by Buster Keaton.
Why He Rocks
- Buster Keaton does an incredible job portraying him, plus its considered his defining film role.
- His face and character is ideal for the film, considering it's meant to be a comedy.
- Keaton didn't have a stunt double, and CGI didn't exist yet. Which means, all of the stunts Gray portrayed in the film, were completely real, and dramatic.
- Despite his cowardly appearance, he's proven to be fearless, persistent, and willing to do whatever it takes to protect his loved one, and the titular locomotive.
- He was very resourceful at times such as when he used water tanks, a large piece of timber, a cowcatcher, a rolling artillery cannon on wheels, and unattached railroad cars.
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