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If you could travel back in time.... And be someone....?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Feek, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. robgmun

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    But you'll be repeating your circumstances hence make small different decisions. The biggest regreat was when i was 19 and didn't take a certain offer and had a great cpuple of months with someone. Most of the changes would be with girls and not be so uptight and have more fun. Also choose different subjects in my A-Levels and get better grades

    I don't believe that
     
  2. h4rm0ny

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    Wow - what a great question.

    Joan of Arc. I can pretty much single that out as my definite answer above all others. Though no doubt there'll be some great ideas in this thread that would tempt me.

    EDIT: Her whole life, start to finish, every moment.
     
  3. Zatoichi.uK

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    I'm not religious but I think it would have to be Jesus. I'd just have to see what that was all about.
     
  4. h4rm0ny

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    There's a commonality between our picks which is that they were both seemingly ordinary people who seem to have just one day said: "I can change the world" and then did so. The historical evidence around Jesus is a bit more uncertain than Joan of Arc but he likely existed and some of the events are likely true.

    I find Joan of Arc fascinating. A 17 year old peasant girl took it upon herself to travel to the King of France and announce that God had sent her to deliver France from the English.

    There was a great film with Mia Jovovich and Dustin Hoffman about her which has always remained with me, especially the harrowing end scenes in prison exploring the lines between madness and the divine.
     
  5. Zatoichi.uK

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    I always preferred the Bill & Ted representation of her. ;)
     
  6. G-MAN2004

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    Genghis Khan, so I can be the most alpha man that has ever lived.
     
  7. h4rm0ny

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    I like that one, too. Love the look on her face as they materialize on the altar she's praying before.
     
  8. Chris Wilson

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    As a man, Enoch Powell, one of the finest orators of modern times. As a woman ex Queen Noor of Jordan, good looking, wealthy, and as sharp as a pin and a lovely person to boot. But as she's very much alive perhaps she doesn't count? In that case Lady Thatcher in her prime and see what it's like to be both feted and hated whilst in the centre of UK government.
     
  9. JBuk

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    It's true, some people really do watch TNG
     
  10. Marzipanogram

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    Zeus.
    Or the man who invented the Curly Wurly, whichever is easiest :D
     
  11. SexyGreyFox

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    :eek:
    being burnt alive?
     
  12. [FnG]magnolia

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    My dude, I don't think you've met robgmun :mad:

    No but real talk for a second. I'd be Justin Timberlake. Boy got it going on. Articulate, well versed on socio-economic policies as they apply to nation states, valued member of many think tanks, master craftsman, top-tier hunter-gatherer, and now married to Hailey Baldwin.

    That, right over there, is the place on which my hat is put on the head of him.
     
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  13. viathinair

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    Oh, Hannibal Barca's a good one. If I could be him with some of my current knowledge, I'd make sure to have proper reinforcements from Carthage right after Cannae...and then I'd try an attack/siege on Rome. I'd probably fail miserably but I'd try. If successful, that'd surely be a massive change to world history and modern times.
     
  14. h4rm0ny

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    Yes. If I can choose it in the abstract and then lose the option to back out, might as well go out experiencing something you've never experienced before. Obviously if it were voluntary in the moment, I wouldn't have the fortitude to do it. The courage Joan showed is almost unimaginable. Her trial was one of the most egregiously biased courts in history. They burned her three times, by the way. After burning her to death tied to a pillar, they raked back the coals to expose the charred body so that nobody could claim she escaped. Then they burned her a second time and when that wasn't enough to have completely obliterated her remains, they burned her a third time and swept her ashes into the Seine. She asked two priests to hold up crucifixes before her as she was set light to and the executioner said afterwards he feared he was damned.

    People tend to think anyone back past a certain point in history is semi-myth and that we can't be certain of the facts. But an incredible amount was written about Joan of Arc at the time and still survives. She was probably the most documented person of her day. There are testimonials from generals about what she was like in battle and her command over the troops.
     
  15. SexyGreyFox

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    Nearly at the end of The Messenger where she's on trial with the English
     
  16. ttaskmaster

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    If I could reach the stars, I'd give them ALL to you...
    I'd also go back and be someone who watched her live when she did that performance... yeah, THAT one!!

    Ooh, you send me... driving in the rush hour!
    Leelee Sobieski was still hotter in the same role, though.
     
  17. h4rm0ny

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    The Messenger is a great film that I enjoyed a lot. Dustin Hoffman as Jesus / Satan / Her Madness (whatever he is) is great and it's tortuous seeing her faith vivisected like that. I guess I find the film powerful because I never forget that this is a real person it's about. That said, the film takes a LOT of liberties with historical fact. In particular (because the film focuses on it so much), the finding of the sword in a field wasn't what was documented. It was found buried under a church altar.

    Regardless of one's religious faith or not, her story is staggering and oddly one of the more well-documented series of historical events we have before the modern era

    This person?
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    I'd never heard of her. Apparently Helen Hunt's daughter. Seems she started off fine and then her career was tanked by a few bombing movies. According to IMDB she's appearing in such blockbusters as "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege tale", these days. Fame is a fickle mistress for someone with such a pedigree. :( Is the mini-series any good? I really should watch it.
     
  18. ttaskmaster

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    Looks right, yep.

    Nah, just a lookalike.

    When she was younger, she had roles in films and TV shows you'll probably have seen and almost certainly know of, alongside some impressive co-stars. Everyone was waiting for her to burst forth as the next big star and she's generally done a lot of non-mainstream stuff and gotten quite decent critical praise, even if she was the only good thing in the film.
    She was always one of those that took roles that were interesting and required acting chops, rather than big name high profile stuff that required getting her **** out. Even when she did semi-mainstream tit-based flicks, she did it well while remaining respectable, as in Finding Bliss.
    That, plus a fair few foreign language films, a separate career as an artist and sculptor, and a set of kids, she's more retired from acting than bombed out of it, I guess. Last film was a Turkish language one, I think?

    She also got hit by The Fappening and has been rather quiet since.

    I watched it because one of my friends is in it, but yes I thought it was pretty decent.
    A far more down to earth version of The Messenger...

    The Messenger is a film starring Mad Milla Jovovich being Mad Milla Jovovich, protraying Jean d'Arc as Mad Jean d'Arc, in a very Mad sort of fashion... so lots of Milla being Mad, with a side order of Crazy, cooked on 'de range', garnished with Nuts and served on a bed of squirrelly insanity, all at a table with some other actors you may have seen somewhere before. If you're interested (historically or otherwise) in Joan, watch Leelee. If you like Mad Milla McMad at a Miss Mad competition, watch The Messenger.
     
  19. itchy

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    Syd Barrett, 1966 because he was unusual.
     
  20. SpartaK

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    Bill Gates