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Seeing as we're honouring George and his plentiful best bits this week, it seemed a good idea to look at some of the mythology and history surrounding werewolves, condense it into our own bite-size interpretation, and take a look at a few of George's famous ancestors...
The question is, where does George fit in the grand mythology of werewolves? And is he, as some might say, the greatest onscreen werewolf ever? Get stuck in and add your comments, we'll be looking out for your best responses over the weekend...
SO WHAT IS A WEREWOLF?
Werewolves, also known as lycanthropes to brainy werewolf show-offs, are mythological humans that occasionally turn (or "shape-shift") into wolf-like creatures with extra-human strength and super-senses. Some turn on purpose, others - like our George -have no control over it. They have been placed under a curse following an 'unfortunate' bite or scratch by another werewolf. When their "time of the month" comes, they transform from human to wolf, and this is usually associated with the appearance of the full moon. Once in werewolf form, the hairy howlers tend to be a fairly tetchy bunch; sniffing out everyone and everything under their hairy noses and ripping it to shreds.
George may be our favourite onscreen werewolf but how do his hairy-toed footsteps fit in with the illustrious line of celebrity howlers? Here are a few references to get you started...
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In the classic 1985 movie 'Teen Wolf', Michael J Fox plays Scott, a teenager who discovers that puberty for him means turning into a werewolf. The good news though is that he turns into a really good basketball player too! Like George, Teen Wolf struggles to mix chasing girls and trying to be cool with being a part-time wolf with hairy palms. The movie was a massive hit and helped to make werewolves a little more loveable.
Wolf (Jack Nicholson):
In 1994, Jack Nicholson starred as Will Randall, an ageing publisher at the end of his tether after a younger, sexier co-worker steals his job and his wife. But after being bitten by a wolf, Will finds himself with loads more energy and strength (and later - hairy palms) which is great until he starts devouring humans and stuff. It's certainly not the greatest of werewolf movies, but Jack Nicholson is a legend so it deserves a mention nonetheless.
Yes, even the King of Pop has dabbled as a hairy creature. In his hugely famous 14 minute music video 'Thriller', MJ morphs into a furry growler while out on a date. After the lucky lady agrees to go steady with Michael, he points out that he's "not like other guys" before shape-shifting and chasing her down the road. Later in the video, loads of zombies join Michael to do the now-famous monster-dance in the street.
So over to you, how does our George match up to his onscreen competition?
Need further inspiration? Check out His Royal Tobyness's post on werewolf mythology...