In a move that seems like it was lifted straight out of an episode of 'The Simpsons,' an Oregon man has legally changed his name to Captain Awesome. The name change wasn't in homage to lovable oaf Homer's brief stint as Max Power (a name so great it vaulted him into Springfield's power elite), but was instead inspired by the television show 'Chuck.' That show features a character named Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb.
Australian news site News.com reports that Douglas Allen Smith Jr. , an unemployed cabinet maker, appeared before an Oregon judge to make it official last month. After verifying that Smith was 100% serious about the name change (and really, could anyone who wanted to be known as Captain Awesome be anything less than totally committed?), the judge approved Smith's new moniker.
Life hasn't been entirely, well, awesome since the court date, though. Captain Awesome also got approval to make his new signature an arrow pointing right, a smiley face, and an arrow pointing left. Awesome's bank, however, won't accept the new signature because it's too easy to forge. So it appears that Captain Awesome will have to sign his name like the rest of us when he cashes his unemployment check.
Awesome's new name got us thinking – if we were going to change our name to something amazing and movie inspired, what would it be? Hit the handy "read more" button for a few of our choices.
Pussy Galore: We imagine there are dozens of Pussy Galore's currently working the pole at strip clubs all across this fair nation of ours, but those are stage names. It takes a special breed of exotic dancer to take on the name legally, but just imagine the hilarity that would ensue every time Ms. Galore pulled out her debit card to make a purchase (do exotic dancers have debit cards or do they pay for everything with wadded up singles? This is why Cinematical needs a research department). Plus it seems like it would be fun to go through life being known as one of Bond's most infamous femme fatales.
Anton Chigurh: The steely faced badguy from the Coen Bros. adaptation of "No Country for Old Men' is the perfect name for anyone wanting to intimidate their coworkers. Carrying around a bolt pistol and a coin ("Call it") will only add to your air of badassedness. Yes, this is the name for any aspiring sociopath – one right up there with the ever popular Travis Bickle.
Inspector Tequila Yuen: You know you're awesome when you're named after liquor. That cool factor multiplies exponentially when you get to put a title like Inspector or Doctor in front of it. Such is the case for Chow Yun Fat's character in 1992's action classic 'Hard Boiled.' Chow plays a typical rogue cop with a penchant for booze and playing jazz music – when he's not busy mowing down bad guys with a pistol in each fist and saving newborn babies. If you're a man of action with refined tastes – the kind of guy who shoots first (and often) while blasting Miles Davis on your iPod, this could be the name for you. Plus, if the whole Asian motif throws you off, you can always spin it around. The world could certainly use an Officer Vodka Jones or a Professor Bacardi Smith.
Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski: If you're a carpet connoisseur, bowling fanatic or bohemian in training, then "The Dude" could very well be the name for you. The name has an everyman quality to it, making anyone who legally and permanently self-applies it come across as a man of the people. Plus, it's infinitely changeable, meaning if you get tired of being The Dude, you can always be his Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing.
Indiana Jones: Harrison Ford has been blessed – he could have had two names on this list. You can't really go wrong with either Indiana Jones or space smuggler turned intergalactic hero Han Solo, but we felt Indy was slightly cooler in the long run. You don't need to be an archeologist hunting down The Holy Grail or The Ark of the Covenant to pull this name off. It works perfectly for any old Joe thanks to the juxtaposition of the exotic (Indiana) and the mundane (Jones). You'll be fighting off the ladies with your trusty bullwhip should you take this name as your own. Plus, it gives you an excuse to wear a leather bomber jacket and a fedora on any occasion.
This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to cool movie names. There are hundreds more worth taking as your own, and we want to hear your choices for the ones you'd pick if you were in the market for a new identity. Swing by the comment section and share your favorites.