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|“||So, ya thought ya might like to go to the show to feel that warm thrill of confusion that space cadet glow. I've got some bad news for you sunshine. Pink isn't well, he stayed back at the hotel. And they sent us along as a surrogate band. We're gonna find out where you fans really stand!||„|
|~ Pink's speech at a Neo-Nazi rally.|
|~ Pink's yell after "Waiting For The Worms".|
Pink is the titular protagonist of Pink Floyd's 1979 album The Wall and its 1982 musical drama film adaptation of the same name. He's a depressed musician whose stuck in a wall (isolated) due to difficult times he had to suffer from like when his dad died in World War 2, the abuse from the school and The Schoolmaster and when his wife cheated on him. After the tragedies, he began to lose his mind, and descends to becoming a xenophobic dictator.
In the album he was voiced by Roger Waters, in the film he was portrayed by Bob Geldof.
Pink Floyd is a rock star, one of the many reasons which have left him depressed. At the beginning of the film, he appears motionless and expressionless, while remembering his father. While Pink imagines a crowd of fans entering one of his concerts, but him receiving them in a Neo-Nazi alter ego, a flashback reveals how his father was killed defending the Anzio bridgehead during World War II, in Pink's infancy. The aftermath of the battle is seen, and thus, Pink's mother raises him alone, which affects Pink's childhood.
A young Pink later discovers a scroll from "kind old King George" and other relics from his father's military service and death. An animation depicts the war, showing that the death of the people was for nothing. Pink places a bullet on the track of an oncoming train, and imagines the transportation of Jews in that train.
At school, he is caught writing poems in class and humiliated by the teacher who reads a poem which is the song Money. Pink imagines an oppressive school system in which children fall into a meat grinder. The children then rise in rebellion and destroy the school, carrying the Teacher away to an unknown fate. As an adult now, Pink remembers his overprotective mother, and when he got married. After a phone call, Pink discovers that his wife is cheating on him, and another animation shows that every traumatic experience he has had is represented as a "brick" in the metaphorical wall he constructs around himself that divides him from society.
Pink then turns to a willing groupie, whom he brings back to his hotel room only to trash it in a fit of violence, terrifying the groupie out of the room. Depressed, he thinks about his wife, and feels trapped in his room. He then destroys his last possessions, and remembers every "brick" of his wall. His wall is shown as being complete.
Now inside his wall, he does not leave his hotel room. He begins to lose his mind to metaphorical "worms". He shaves all his body hair and, and watches The Dam Busters on television. A flashback shows young Pink searching through trenches of the war, eventually finding himself as an adult. Young Pink escapes in terror, and appears in a station, with the people demanding that the soldiers return home. Returning to the present, Pink's manager finds him in his hotel room, drugged and unresponsive. A paramedic injects him to enable him to perform.
In this state, Pink fantasizes that he is a dictator and his concert is a neo-Nazi rally. His followers proceed to attack ethnic minorities. He then holds a rally in suburban London, symbolizing his descent into craziness. The scene is intercut with images of animated marching hammers that goose-step across ruins. Pink then stops hallucinating and screams, begging for everything to stop.
In a climactic animated sequence, Pink, depicted as a small, almost inanimate rag doll, is on trial, and his sentence is "to be exposed before [his] peers." His teacher and wife accuse him, while his mother tries to take him home. The Judge gives the order to "tear down the wall". Following a prolonged silence, the wall is smashed and destroyed.
Several children are seen cleaning up a pile of debris, with a freeze-frame on one of the children removing the contents a Molotov cocktail.
In his childhood, Pink was a very quiet kid who rarely ever talked, he wanted to become his father in the army, he also seemed to enjoy making poems, his perversion also started to grow when he was peeking at a girl (who would become his ex wife in the future) undressing herself while writing but luckily his mother came before he got to see her exposed breasts. However years later he would be quiet to depressed.
Now as a rockstar in the future he was extremely depressed and mentally ill, never showing interests of being with his wife or going outside, the only thing he was did was watching TV and smoke. But all of this is completely justified since he didn't even get to see his father since he died in a war, was abused by the school and The Schoolmaster, losing his mother and getting cheated by his wife, making him sympathetic. Due to all of this he wants to be completely isolated. Pink can also lose his temper when he invited a fan, only to destroy his whole hotel room. But what truly made him evil is when he became a dictator and started chaos, sending his men to destroy a restaurant and rape a woman. He also showed himself to be completely bigoted towards queers, jews and coons by having them up against the wall, despite all this he seemed to show remorse towards the chaos and his racist personality.
- Pink is based of Roger Waters and Syd Barrett, since Syd was depressed and Roger Waters thoughts of The Wall after he didn't like the audience from a live performance back in 1977 called "In The Flesh", which ironically became a song in the album. Pink's childhood is also very similar to Roger Waters childhood.
- When filming the "One Of Your Turns" scene when Pink destroys the hotel room, Bob cuts his hand when grabbing the broken windows. The wound can be seen in the film.
- Bob Geldof found it extremely difficult to record the scene when his character Pink shaves his body and cuts himself multiple times because Bob is terrified of blood.