famous icons like Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, fashion models, and body builders to name a few. Despite its reference to pop culture, Johnny Bravo’s character is a reection of several narcissistic men around us—the point reference of the artist himself. “I’ve always been surrounded by guys who got the girl,” Van explained during the interview. “I was always very jealous of that. Johnny Bravo is basically me overcompensating my shortcomings in the dating pool. “Besides that, I pulled a lot from my life. For example, back in college, my roommate, Chris Kelly, used to do an impersonation of Elvis as a skirt-chasing, meat-eating ladies’ man while my other roommate used to walk around our apartment without his shirt and have me guess his body fat.” To balance Johnny Bravo’s skirt-chasing personality, the show added depth to the story with two female characters—Bunny “Momma” Bravo, the one, constant woman in his life; and Little Suzy, the smart, little girl who has a crush on Johnny. Unfortunately, Little Suzy is the only girl he’ll never run after. ese two characters were able to highlight the soft, sweet side of the obnoxious beefcake. Despite his overcondent ways, Johnny listens and respects his “momma” and eventually gives in to the whims of his kid neighbor. Fans all over the world learned to love his character because of his “endearing honesty and that everybody has a Johnny Bravo in their life that people can relate with.” “SHE LOVES ME, MOMMA!” “I think that growing up in an American culture had a great eect on me as I was always trying to t in. Having said that, Johnny Bravo is constantly looking for armation that he is an amazing catch but no matter what he does, he’s always his own worst enemy,” Van revealed, explaining the Filipino machismo trait found in Johnny Bravo’s character. With Johnny Bravo being a suave ladies’ man and a mama’s boy, it’s natural to think that his character is patterned after certain Filipino characteristics. Countless male characters in the Philippine entertainment are reminiscent of that distinct Johnny Bravo air. For the Van, however, Johnny is the misguided attention seeker who loves women, his momma, and himself.” ough it wasn’t Van’s intention to make Johnny more Filipino, the eect of Van’s surrounding while growing up left a big impact. Van further explains that, “Johnny Bravo symbolizes the men who never grow up and believe that life revolves around them.” Despite Johnny’s shortcomings and somewhat dimwitted attitude, this suave, self-loving hunk of a man knows how to strike back and give it a try again and again. Perhaps, this is Johnny’s most endearing trait that is often overshadowed by his huge ego and a bigger hairdo. After four highly successful seasons and a muchdeserved fame, Johnny Bravo is sitting prettily up there on a pedestal. But since summer is just around the corner, we simply had to ask Van what Johnny is doing for the rest of the year. “Working on his tan,” Van replied. We simply assume that Johnny’s currently posing as lifeguard in Salinas, California (Van’s hometown) checking out the women in bikinis and chasing some. #P balik!"#"$ February – March 2012 g9.66*"
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