We all dream of the day we get to tell our boss to “take this job and shove it!” Unfortunately, the majority of us need the money our jobs bring in to survive. But thanks to a few real-life weirdos and fictional folks, we get to quit vicariously through them. Here are five ways you can costume up like a quitter.
That Thing You Do: What happens when your band manager tries to get you to sing your hit song in another language? Any musician worth his or her salt knows the answer – you quit! That’s exactly what the lead singer from the movie That Thing You Do does. Dress up like The Beatles circa 1964 and run around singing “I…I quit, I quit, I quit.” Finger snapping is optional.
Howard Beale: Played by Oscar-winner Peter Finch in the 1976 movie Network, Howard Beale was the fired TV anchor who shouted, “I’m as mad as Hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” To complete this signature look you need only three things: a long beige overcoat, wet, matted-down hair and a crazy look in your eyes.
Jerry Maguire: The world of sports agents sure ain’t pretty, at least not if you believe Cameron Crowe’s interpretation in Jerry Maguire. After you prepare your quitting speech (apparently two weeks notice was too tame for Jerry), throw on an open collared white button down shirt and knot a loose tie around your neck. Prepare for your imminent meltdown and then search for your “Kwan.”
Steven Slater: The flight attendant turned working class hero is the latest entry into the “quit spectacularly” fraternity – a position held mostly by fictional characters. Even though Steve’s story deflated quicker than an emergency slide, we expect the disgruntled flight attendant look to be a hot Halloween costume in 2010.
Joaquin Phoenix: Grow out that shaggy hair, fit yourself for some dark sunglasses and mumble incoherently and you can look like Joaquin Phoenix, the actor who quit acting to become a rapper. Kind of ironic given that he has a new movie (I’m Still Here) coming out.
So that sums up this entry of five outstanding Halloween costume ideas! Stay tuned for more creative costume ideas in the days and months ahead.