It’s a birthday today for DARYL HANNAH, beloved uber-babe whose been immoralized in at least two classic films: Bladerunner and Kill Bill. Even if these were the only two roles she ever played, with the 25 years between them spent driving around in her bio-diesel El Camino, she’d still be a 100% badass. But she’s proven her chops at comedy (Splash!), ensemble chick flicks, indie late night cable crap (The Hit) and outside the cinema as a tireless advocate of environmental and human rights. But for all that, I wouldn’t be writing this if not for her greatness as Elle Driver AKA California Mountain Snake in Kill Bill, wherein she locks swords and long strands of blonde with vengeful hitwoman Uma Thurman and out-scream of rages her by a quarter and a half.
Don’t get me wrong: Uma rocks, but she’s too inherently “nice” to really be a convincing killer, and I’d say ditto for Lucy Liu and Vivica Fox. Are they fun as badass assassins? Yes. But do you get that sickly thrill in your spine that comes from watching pure female serpentine evil in motion? No. No matter how much Clint Eastwood sneer Uma puts in her voice, or how loudly Lucy Liu shouts at her yakuza bosses, it’s still easy to see their inner core of maternal decency — part of the point, I guess, but whether merrily infiltrating a hospital to slip Uma a lethal dose or just leisurely reading from her omnipresent little notepad while Michael Madsen writhes in pain from mamba bites, Daryl Hannah is a first class bad ass–no maternal core of decency (she’s never married or had kids [?] which helps, undoubtedly) and the combo long blonde hair and eye patch, not to mention the very snazzy suit and boots… that’s all just icing, baby.