“The man is a scoundrel! A ruffian! Look at him!” And so does Willow Ufgood describe Madmartigan, the rakishly handsome rogue played by Val Kilmer in the movie Willow.
An improbably charming rogue, Madmartigan was as much a hero as he was a scoundrel. The deuteragonist (the person second in importance to the protagonist in a story) of the 1988 George Lucas film, he was a disgraced warrior of Galladoorn.
“Madmartigan! So! Well, I knew you’d end up in a squirrel’s cage sooner or later!”
Meeting Madmartigan (Val Kilmer)
Torchlight glimmered on a weird scene. In the one cage, the skeleton leered and pointed, revolving uncannily, always facing them, no matter where they moved. In the other cage, a scarecrow dangled the hapless Willow from one long arm…
The man’s parched, cracked lips parted in a kind of smile. Teeth gleamed. He wiped the filthy back of his free hand across his mouth.
“Water, little Pecks, or your friend’s crows’ meat!”
He was a frightening specter. His eyes glinted in the torchlight out of a tangled mass of long black hair. Stubble covered his chin and cheeks. His clothes were such filthy rags that it was hard to tell what they might once have been – perhaps a cotton shirt, a leather vest and high boots, a neckerchief, a sash.