Famous Southpaws! (well the ones I like anyway)
In 3rd grade the penmanship champ was girl named Melissa K – called such because she was one of three Melissas in my class – who was left handed. I was probably ranked in the top ten, but I wasn’t the best. Melissa K’s print looked like Verdana and her cursive was equally as impressive. Her letters were well spaced and perfectly formed, as frequently imparted to us by our teacher. Melissa K was left-handed. The something happened! One Tuesday morning Melissa K appeared in class with her left arm in a cast! And just like that, her penmenship took a nosedive until her arm healed – don’t know how she broke it, but no foul play was assumed. At the time I was still going back and forth between my hands (though the left hand stuffs was often in secret) and I decided then I needed to be able to write with both hands so I wouldn’t see my own penmanship suffer the same fate if I should ever break my right arm. I never broke my arm, but I did manage to accomplish my task. And for the most part, I’m still right-handed (teachers used to discourage left-handedness) but I form my letters “backwards” from right to left, which I’m told is something savvy left handers do in order to avoid smearing their writing.
Bruce Willis – I first noticed Willis’ handedness in Die Hard. There was a scene where Willis crawled through an air shaft while mocking his wife’s gesture of good will, “Come out to the coast, we’ll get together and have a few laughs…” and I noticed that Willis wore his watch on his right hand and flicked the lighter he used to illuminate the air shaft with his left hand. In several films I’ve also noticed that Willis usually hold weapons in his left hand. He also writes hook style. I noticed that in Bonfire of the Vanities where Willis played ambitious reporter Peter Fallow. Lulz. I once made a zine called, “Bruce Willis is a Left Handed Republican”.
Morgan Freeman – is an oft mentioned left handed individual so there was a lot of conversation about his hand when he was severely injured in a car accident two years ago. The actor reportedly still has limited mobility in his left hand. No word on the Carolina blue Cap’n Crunch suit in Red.
Angelina Jolie – is curious left handed person. In some films I’ve observed her wearing watches on her left hand. I usually figure costuming and such have handedness assumptions, which are then imposed on Ms. Jolie. I say this because whenever she’s out and about and photographed wearing a watch, it’s nearly always on her right hand. She’s very Jason Bateman that way. (Also a south paw!)
Ironically, results are inclusive regarding the man who actually made the term “Southpaw” a household phrase – Sylvester Stallone. Hedging my bets, I would say that Stallone is one of the rare truly ambidextrous folks, but that’s just a guess. Last time I watched Rocky II – IV I still didn’t feel I had a definitive answer.
Other Famous South Paws: Jason Bateman, Hugh Jackman, Barrack Obama, Bill Clinton, Nicole Kidman, David Bowie, SJP, Seal, Celine Dion (<3 <3), James "J-Cam" Cameron, Paul "P-Mac" McCartney, Whoopi, Keanu, Oprah, and DeNiro. Now that one fascinates me, because it completely slipped past me. I watch a lot of Deniro movies and I never noticed his handedness. Brad Pitt is another oft mentioned left handed person, but I’ve never noticed one way or the other. I should do some research!