But jokes aside, it is unusual to see a Confederate character as a protagonist. In John Carter, the main character is a confederate soldier who gets warped to Mars, where he finds himself a hero. As strange as the concept sounds, don’t be scared off by the premise. The film’s source material is excellent and the effects look incredible. In fact, Confederate protagonists are rare but nothing new.
In Cold Mountain, Jude Law plays W.P. Inman, a Confederate soldier who grows disillusioned with the war. While recovering from an injury, he sets off in the night to head for home. We follow the deserter as he treks through the elements and blows off all of the hot ass that the 1860’s had to offer so that he can reunite with his love.
The Outlaw Josey Wales tells a bit of revisionist history. Clint Eastwood stars as Josey Wales, a farmer turned killing machine after the brutal death of his wife and son at the hands of pro-Union Jayhawkers. Wales then makes it his cause to decimate the entire Union army with a Gatling Gun. It’s hard to root for a Confederate, but it’s also hard not to when they are this badass.