RC Collins is actual the evolution of a character I created in the ’80’s, but never used professionally, named Cleve. The character was inspired by trash talking I was doing with golf buddies (the Swede and some other guys) I broke into the most irritating personality I could think of, a kid, probably a short kid, due perhaps to some malady that stunted his growth but gave him all kinds of attitude. I encountered growing up these kids that knew everything, told you what you were doing wrong when you were building a model airplane, told you about some bad ass relative or friend they had. Just a nonstop talking pain in the ass who was begging to get its ass kicked but you didn’t want to because he was so short. By the time I got to Miami I was doing these tasteless Rocky and Bullwinkle sketches involving Auschwitz/Nazis, really horrible. But the Rocky voice, from the cartoon character, was the perfect Cleve voice. I started developing that character full-on when I got to LA but changed the name to RC Collins, the type of cool guy nickname this kid would give himself. By then RC’s while tragic life started to take shape. I gave him a kidney ailment of the type Emanuel Webster had and had him living with an alcoholic mother up on the edge of the desert in Chatsworth. So RCs whole bullshit bravado became his escape from these shit living conditions…. later, following 9/11 he changed into gung-ho soldier/cadet, based in part on the Taps characters but also as the logical next step for a kid like this. His wealthy father gains custody of RC and he’s enrolled in a military academy (Bradley Military Academy) so his fantasy life goes from being goth to being GI Joe who wants to “eat my own guts” and “come out of a cave with Bin Ladens head on a stick)
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