Don't worry -- I wasn't strictly saying you thought Hitman was gay.
I thought he he didn't like the kiss from the prostitute because he didn't let his positive emotions seap through (after all, he was a hitman -- It's hard to love people when you kill for a living).
Then again, he dresses quite smoothly too (and he likes dry-cleaning) -- So, he might be gay.
Also, for a great movie on the whole black and white partnerships, see this film that started it all 'The Defiant Ones': http://www.imdb.com/Title?0051525
Or, see the film that one-uped it, 'In The Heat Of The Night': http://www.imdb.com/Title?0061811
These two films explored race during a time when black/white relations were at their most heated.
And Sidney Poitier is the man!
I loved him in 'In The Heat Of The Night' -- especially that scene where the investor slaps Sidney in the face and Sidney just slaps him back with the same gusto!Gold:
I thought the same thing about the two girls on Mars in Zak Mackracken!
And I agree on your points about stereotypes and re-writing reality.
However, I also enjoy some familiar patterns in fiction (as most people do).
Fiction that's overly-experimental leaves me cold -- Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse is great from an artistic standpoint, but I didn't find it a very rewarding experience.
I had to force myself to read it because I wasn't interested in what happened next -- The book would elaborate on the different characters' viewpoint but would never really go anywhere witht he story.
In the end, it took me five years to read completely.
On the other hand, I enjoyed Marquez's 'One Thousand Years of Solitute' because it did the opposite, it would explore numerous characters, but would constantly move -- In fact, you could read only a few pages to find the story has passed several years.
I guess the thing I've learned about writing is this: Do whatever you want (stereotypical or experiemental), but above all, don't be boring.GG:
The thing about DOTT was that it semi-twisted the stereotypes.
Bernard was a nerd, but he was a nerd with balls -- Like his attempt to rescue Dr Fred from the feds, or his knife-fight with the inflatable clown.
Hoagie was a typical roadie, but his type was contrasted with his setting (contemporary character trapped in a ye olde setting [like Simon The Sorcerer]) -- I believe comedy theorists call this the 'Fish Out Of Water' scenario.
And Laverne was just... strange -- I don't think she was a geeky girl, but just... a weirdo.
I guess that's why I liked her.