Portrait of a Character – Marie Patrice (Empy) Beckett
At the end of Together, I wanted the very, very ending to be a bit of a surprise. Lili is pregnant throughout, with a kicking machine of a child. Everybody thinks she’s having a boy, and she and Doug have selected the name Peter Matthew. Lili refers to the baby as Petey.
But the baby turns out to be a girl. Enter Marie Patrice Beckett.
Marie Patrice is portrayed by Cameron Diaz.
I like how Diaz can be goofy in one film, and serious in another.
Marie Patrice is meant to be beautiful, but also rather susceptible to ambition and suggestion. She’s a little spoiled, and is not always so nice to either her full brother, Joss, or her half-brothers, Tommy, Neil and Declan. A bit of a tomboy at first, she plays soccer and calls herself Empy (MP).
A bit overly concerned with her appearance, Marie Patrice is perhaps overindulged by her parents. Doug, in particular, seems a bit at a loss as to what to do with her.
The Empress’s second-born, Kira, fights for her, but loses out to his half-brother, Jun. Marie Patrice is not too upset about this, figuring that being with Jun will give her more and better opportunities than Kira can ever provide. She cares about Kira, but not as much as she cares about her position.
While in the mirror, she gets along well with Takara Sato, and together they compare the boys and generally look to make the best possible matches for themselves, with little thought for love or other such messy considerations. A duel is fought for her, using swords. She is a bit disappointed in the outcome.
“My mother was a ghost. I only remember a light grey shadow.”
A little spoiled, a little flighty and rather artistic, Marie Patrice is symbolic of all of the non-Mary Sue ensuing generation characters. Not everyone’s kids will be perfect. Will she be back? Maybe, but I will admit it. She annoys me, too.