CAPTAIN JAMES HOOK
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Who was Captain James 'Jas' Hook?
On eof literature's most multi-faceted and intriguing
pirates, Captain Jas Hook dominated any scene he appears in, be it on paper, on
stage or on screen.
Hook was said to be Blackbeard's boatswain and his
boatswain in turn is the mild Mr. Smee.
Mr. Starkey was his first mate aboard the 'Jolly
Roger' and Hook is popularly said to be the only man fellow pirate Long John
Hook's nature is a study in complexity. A veritable
gentleman the Captain of the 'Jolly Roger' has beautiful manners, wonderful
diction, sensitivity, poise and a regal manner of dressing. Few pirates have
this much class. Hook has been witnessed to be moved to tears by beautiful music
and is often gripped by periods of deep melancholy.
Narcissistic by nature, he gently chides himself for
this fault. It is something Peter Pan (who along with his gang of 'Lost Boys' is
his arch enemy in the work he first makes his appearance 'Peter Pan') suffers
from as well. He is deeply respectful of women as is shown by his gentle
treatment of Wendy Darling even though she is brought on board his craft as a
prisoner. Counting poetry and flowers among his favorite things conversely
nothing thrills him more than plunging his hook into a victim.
It might seem a bit of a coincidence but in reality
'Hook' is not the captain's true name. His creator, playwright James. M Barrie
(with whom he shares his first name), refuses to reveal his identity "lest he
cause a furor in the country.” Many hints are dropped throughout 'Peter Pan' as
to his true identity. His alma mater is revealed to be Eton. The name 'Hook'
stems from the fact that the Captain possesses in place of his right hand a
silver hook. Peter Pan had long ago cut off his hand and thrown it to a
Crocodile in the Never land lagoon. The crocodile enjoyed that one taste of Hook
so much that he continues to follow Hook for the rest of his life.
Fortunately for Hook the crocodile had also
inadvertently swallowed a clock which continued to tick loudly from inside its
belly which warns Hook whenever it is approaching. However at the end of the
play Peter Pan succeeds in throwing the Captain to the crocodile and thus Jas
Hook meets his end.
A popular tradition in almost every reincarnation of
'Peter Pan' is to have the same actor portray both Wendy's father and Captain
Hook which was followed through even in the Disney version and the recent Peter
This is an enormously interesting character having
attracted many great personalities over the years. Actors who have played Hook
range from Dame Daphne du Maurier's father, Gerald Du Maurier (who was the uncle
of the Lewellyn Davies boys, JM Barrie's primary inspiration for 'Peter Pan') to
Dustin Hoffman, Jason Issacs (famous for his role as Lucius Malfoy in the 'Harry
Potter' movies) and even Johnny Depp (who adopted the persona briefly in
Jack Sparrow's father, Captain Teague (played by
Keith Richards) greatly resembled James Hook in his cameo in 'Pirates of the
Caribbean: At World's End').
Hook has made a brief appearance in 'Shrek 2' and
was even said to be present as a member of the Brethren Court in 'Pirates of the
Caribbean: At World’s End' but was never shown.
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