Captain Chaos

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Captain Chaos
Captain Chaos.jpg
Victor as Captain Chaos
Created by
Portrayed by Dom DeLuise
Voiced by Dom DeLuise
Information
Gender Male
Occupation
  • Mechanic
  • Adventurer
  • Hero

Captain Chaos is a fictional character in the Cannonball Run movie series. He is the alter-ego of mild-mannered mechanic Victor Prinzim (Dom DeLuise). Victor is a soft-spoken, kind-hearted and patient man, but when situations arise that he himself is too afraid to handle, Victor is compelled to don his satin cape and mask and become Captain Chaos.

Psychiatrists have diagnosed Victor as having multiple personality disorder, even though Victor himself is convinced that he actually channels the true spirit of a living superhero who always manages to arrive just in time to save the day.[1][2][3][4]

Author David Quinlan wrote of Cannonball Run in The TV Times Film and Video Guide, stating [sic] "The best thing in the film is Dom DeLuise who, as the schizophrenic Victor, turns moments of stress into tubby superhero Captain Chaos!"[5]

Characteristics and abilities[edit]

Captain Chaos' costume, which Victor puts on over whatever he happens to be wearing at the time, is a long flowing orange satin cape (red in the sequel film), and a matching cowl with an attached black domino mask with the word "chaos" written in white across the forehead. After Victor transforms into Captain Chaos, he speaks in a slightly lower voice register with basso profondo inflections similar to that of a typical cartoon superhero. His appearance is invariably prefaced by the vocal fanfare "Dunn dun DU-UH-UHNNNN!!", to approximate Chaos' theme music.

His abilities include:

  • Enhanced strength, fueled by rushes of adrenaline when Victor feels threatened.
  • Fearlessness, always jumping into the middle of any brawl with fists and feet flying, almost effortlessly subduing any and all of his opponents, standing with arms akimbo and laughing in hearty triumph amid his enemies' defeat.
  • Highly advanced driving skills, which are at least known to veteran racer and Cannonball opponent Jamie Blake (Dean Martin), who derisively refers to Victor as "The Blimp", but then warns his partner Morris Fenderbaum (Sammy Davis Jr.), "When he puts on that mask, he'll blow your goddamn doors off!"

In the event that his Captain Chaos' cape and mask are destroyed (as was the case when J.J. angrily rips it off his person at the end of the first film after losing the race), he has another alter ego whom he calls "Captain USA", whose cape and mask are similar, only blue and spangled with white stars and with "USA" embroidered onto the cowl's forehead.

"...Him."[edit]

Though revered by others, Captain Chaos is viewed as an annoyance to Victor's boss and close friend, J.J. McClure (Burt Reynolds). Because of this, Victor is expressly forbidden from speaking the name of Captain Chaos in J.J.'s presence, hence the reason Victor always cautiously refers to the hero simply as "...Him." (usually followed by a twinge of magical music). In the sequel film, J.J. is more tolerant of the Captain when he shows up.

Origin[edit]

In the first Cannonball Run film, when Pamela (Farrah Fawcett) asks Victor how he came to know Captain Chaos, Victor explains:


Filmography[edit]

The character of Captain Chaos as portrayed by Dom DeLuise has appeared in The Cannonball Run (1981), Cannonball Run II (1984), and his alter ego, Victor Prinzim, appeared (in doll form) in the Robot Chicken episode "Gold Dust Gasoline" (2005), voiced by DeLuise.[6]

Notes[edit]

While in his Captain Chaos persona, he refers to J.J. as "Kato," sidekick to The Green Hornet.

In the initial screenplay draft, the alter-ego of Captain Chaos was termed "Rahul." [7]

Washington Redskins' tight end Chris Cooley (2004-2012), was given the nickname "Captain Chaos" by his teammates. This nickname was created when teammates bet him he would not go out to the opening coin toss and introduce himself to the opposing team captains as "Captain Chaos,"; he did, and the nickname stuck.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brian Thomas (2003). VideoHound's dragon: Asian action & cult flicks. Visible Ink Press. ISBN 1-57859-141-4. 
  2. ^ Scott Von Doviak (2005). Hick flicks: the rise and fall of redneck cinema. McFarland,. p. 113. ISBN 0-7864-1997-0. 
  3. ^ Brock Yates (2003). Cannonball!. MotorBooks International. p. 262. ISBN 0-7603-1633-3. 
  4. ^ Jason Wood (2007). One hundred road movies. BFI. p. 31. ISBN 1-84457-160-2. 
  5. ^ David Quinlan (1998). The TV Times Film and Video Guide. Batsford. p. 116. ISBN 0-7134-8443-8. 
  6. ^ "Robot Chicken Season 1 Episode 3 - "Gold Dust Gasoline"". "Death Race". 16 September 2011. 
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KI5tFG32uI

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