25 Best Coen Brother Characters

From Barton Fink to the Dude, counting down Joel and Ethan's craziest, most unforgettable creations

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23. Jack Lipnick ('Barton Fink')

The head of Barton Fink's Capitol Studios proclaims himself "bigger and meaner and louder than any kike in this town," and when Michael Lerner says it, you'd be a fool to argue. An affectionate send-up of the Jewish immigrant wheeler-dealers who made Hollywood great — he's part Jack Warner, part Louis B. Mayer — he's passionate in his dedication to the bottom line, and honest in his ruthlessness. And sure, he's a representative of every corporation who's ever choked off an artist's creativity with an ironclad contract. But it's just business. And credit where it's due: Not everyone would follow the Old World's lesson about supplication and be willing to kiss a writer's shoes. SA

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