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Posted at 4:38 PM ET, 04/21/2010

Iron Man, Hugh Grant and passive vs. aggressive heroes

By Jen Chaney

I think we can all agree that movie mash-ups are one of the best Internet time sucks ever invented.

Within that beloved genre of merged-together trailers, there are many subgenres. You've got your mega-mash-ups that contain spliced-together footage from multiple films (see 40 Inspirational Speeches in Two Minutes); ironic mash-ups, like the classic "Shining" clip that makes a stay at the lodge with Jack Nicholson seem positively delightful; and Batman mash-ups, the forever proliferating category that never ceases to find amusement in making "The Dark Knight" look silly.

Well, here's a new subgenre for you: passive vs. aggressive hero mash-ups.

In recent days, a video that features Iron Man punching Hugh Grant in the face has gone viral, along with that Iron-Man-punching-Gwyneth-Paltrow-in-the-face clip from The Onion, which we featured in this morning's mix. This suggests two things.

One: that Iron Man punching people could easily become a wildly popular sub-sub-genre among movie mash-ups. (For the record, the guy who made the Hugh Grant video also has smashed "Iron Man" into "Dirty Dancing" and "Titanic.") Two: that there's something oddly satisfying about watching a mega-aggressive character (Iron Man) thrown together with a, shall we say, softer one, like cuddly rom-com-guy Mr. Grant.

The Huffington Post also highlighted today this mash-up of "The Big Lebowski" with "MacGyver," which, again, plays with the notion of a passive (and in this case, probably drunk) guy somehow assuming the role of Capt. Heroic. Name of the resulting show: "DudeGyver."

And this clip from last summer, which mixes "Stripes" with "Inglourious Basterds," strikes as a strong entrant in this sub-genre as well:

What other passive vs. aggressive twosomes would make for an awesome mash-up? Christian Bale's Dark Knight vs. Jeff Spicoli? Spider-Man vs. James Franco's Saul from "Pineapple Express"? Hey, if you've got the time and the video skills, make it happen for us. This could never get old. (Well, after the sixth video of Iron Man socking someone in the chin, it might start to get old...)

By Jen Chaney  | April 21, 2010; 4:38 PM ET
Categories:  Movies, Pop Culture  | Tags:  Iron Man, Movies, Trailers  
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