Okay, I want to make this an interesting discussion: How do you make a character likable or interesting... Most textbook hacks just say make him 'save a cat' and/or give him a back story. Personal I think that's just textbook shit. Mel Gibson, in Payback, killed a lot more than just a cat and I loved that guy. Keanu Reeves, in the Matrix, had no back story and I found him fascinating. For Romantic Comedy/Dramas, Hugh Grant, Notting Hall, also had no back story; and he's my favorite romance character. So what makes a character likable? I lean toward saying it's that first three minutes of story... Are his actions interesting or strong in those first three minutes? But at least for me... I don't give a story a half hour if I'm not liking the character in 3 minutes I quit. I have NetFlix, I've got access to hundreds of other movies! So what works for you all?