Coolness and Manliness in Film
The Hustler

Movie: The Hustler

Actor: Paul Newman

Character: ‘Fast’ Eddie Felson

Synopsis: “”Fast” Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary “Minnesota Fats” to a high-stakes match, but he loses in a heartbreaking marathon. Now broke and without his long-time manager, Felson faces an uphill battle to regain his confidence and his game. It isn’t until he hits rock bottom that he agrees to join up with ruthless and cutthroat manager Bert Gordon. Gordon agrees to take him on the road to learn the ropes. But Felson soon realizes that making it to the top could cost him his soul, and perhaps his girlfriend. Will he decide that this is too steep a price to pay in time to save himself?” - IMDB

Manly/Cool Rating: 9/10

Everything he does, he just seems so cool.  The way he picks up the girl, how he plays pool all night, not a pushover, how he drinks his bourbon.  Just pure coolness, and pure manliness.  But, he has one flaw that keeps him from getting a 10.  In one scene, he ends up hitting his girl which just ain’t cool nor manly.  The way he treats her sometimes just ain’t right.