Why Sam might be hard to identify with:
- He’s a bar owner, which is not generally regarded as a heroic profession. He seems like he might be a cad.
- He knows all the tricks of the trade.
- He’s a recovering alcoholic, which is a believable enough weakness for a bar owner.
- He’s disrespected: Diane says, “I’m not in the habit of talking to bartenders.” Sam says, “I understand. One’s trying to move into my neighborhood.”
- Diane correctly says, “What a shame such an astute observer of human nature is stuck behind a bar.”
- He tricks and traps the underage customer into revealing himself.
- His lover calls him a “magnificent pagan beast”, so if he’s a cad at least he’s a talented one.
- We side with his working class perspective and his wit. Diane quotes some poetry and says “That’s Donne.” Sam says “I hope so.”
- He used to be one of best pitchers in baseball.
- Eat: He can’t answer the phone because he’s got a mouth full of coffee, so he has to mime.
- Exercise: No.
- Economic Activity: He’s running the bar he owns.
- Enjoy: He’s amused by his employees and regulars. He enjoys poking fun at Diane.
- Emulate: Not really.
- He refuses business in the first scene.
- He’s gentle to the kid he refuses to serve.
- He offers Diane and Sumner free champagne then offers her sympathy when it becomes clear she’s been ditched.
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