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5 movie mentors we wish we had in real life #TheLastJedi


When The Last Jedi arrives in Cineworld on 14th December, we will finally get to witness Rey (Daisy Ridley) begin her Jedi training under the tutelage of exiled Jedi master, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).

As much as we’re anticipating the union of Rey and Luke, we have to admit we’re a little jealous that Rey will have one of our favourite cinematic heroes as her personal mentor. Just imagine all the Jedi wisdom and tricks he has to bestow upon her.

So to mark the occasion, here are five other movie mentors who we wish we had in real-life.

5. Charles Xavier – X-Men

The founder of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngers, Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart/James McAvoy) has been a consistently great mentor to all of his students throughout the multiple timelines of the X-Men films.

He took a stand against the world by telling young mutants that it’s okay to be different, and dedicated his life helping them control their powers all while managing a team of superheroes. Over the years, Charles has been more of a father figure than a teacher to his students, a position evident from his relationship with the stubborn Wolverine (Hugh Jackman).

As we saw in this year's sensational Logan Charles is still a father figure in Wolverine’s life and is still determined to mentor Laura (Dafne Keen), a new mutant, who appears in their lives. By any definition, Charles is a supportive mentor who anyone would be lucky to have in reality.

4. Albus Dumbledore – Harry Potter

We all had our favourite teacher – maybe they were the one you could talk to, maybe they inspired you to be where you are now, or maybe their lessons brightened your day.

For young wizard Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), this teacher was Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore (Richard Harris/Michael Gambon). Dumbledore always had Harry’s back and knew exactly what he was doing – even if this meant putting Harry in situations that would’ve got any other teacher fired.

He always did the right thing for his students and that’s why we wish he was our headmaster. Of course having a headmaster who was also a powerful wizard would be a huge bonus too.

3. Patches O'Houlihan – Dodgeball

Some may say that Patches (Rip Torn) is washed up when we first meet him and no longer the dodgeball legend he once was. But when he confronts Peter (Vince Vaughn) to declare himself his team’s new coach after witnessing just how badly they need one, even Peter can’t refuse him.

O’Houlihan’s training exercises are as crazy as he is. We don’t think replacing balls with wrenches complies with Health and Safety standards but, then again, we don’t think that O’Houlihan’s one to care much for regulation.

Despite the latter's questionable tactics, however, Peter’s team excels through the tournament to face off against Ben Stiller’s hilariously obnoxious White Goodman and his Purple Cobras. With results like these, who are we to question O’Houlihan’s methods – but we’d still wear a lot of protective gear during training.

2. Mr. Miyagi – The Karate Kid

He may have appeared to be a strange maintenance man when Daniel (Ralph Macchio) first met him, but Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) is in fact cinema’s greatest and most loved martial arts master.

When Daniel moves to California, he soon finds himself in trouble with some karate-equipped bullies led by Johnny (William Zabka) from the menacing Cobra Kai Dojo. Luckily for Daniel he befriends Miyagi who agrees to train him for a karate tournament so he can prove himself against Johnny and the Cobra Kais.

Although Miyagi’s training methods appear to be dubious at first, tasking Daniel with mundane chores from waxing cars to painting fences, there’s method behind Miyagi’s mad training regime.

Not only do Miyagi’s peculiar practices equip Daniel with the ability to overcome his opponents with one mighty kick, his mastery of karate gives Miyagi miraculous healing powers and unparalleled skill which makes him the karate instructor we wish we had. Next time you’re asked to wax a car, maybe you’ll become the next karate master.

1. Obi-Wan Kenobi – Star Wars

In The Last Jedi Rey may have Luke as her mentor, but who do you think Luke learned all of his Jedi tricks from?

Let’s not forget that Luke was once a young man on Tatooine who had to be saved from a group of Sand People by his soon-to-be mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness). Obi-Wan took Luke under his wing to show him the ways of the Force and provided a crash course on Jedi 101 before Darth Vader cut the lessons short by killing Kenobi.

You could argue that it was actually Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz) who trained Luke in The Empire Strikes Back, but without Obi-Wan’s initial mentorship Luke wouldn’t have left Tatooine.

The Obi-Wan seen in the prequel trilogy (played as a younger man by Ewan McGregor) also trained Luke’s dad and future Sith Lord, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) – and we all know how well that went.

Don't worry Obi-Wan, we would have stuck by your side.

Will Luke live up to the standard set by these legendary mentors? Find out by booking your Last Jedi tickets and let us know what you think @Cineworld.

Andy Murray is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.

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