Originally Posted by Darth Groovy
Now last year Cinemassacre.com did a very good compilation, but I personally feel they left some things out.
10. Always a hero, or just plain cool if you walk away from an explosion.
Seriously. From the time you first discovered fire, to the time you discovered fireworks. Did you not turn to see what happened? In Hollywood, you walk away from and explosion you are instantly elevated to "cool" status. Doesn't matter if you are the hero or villain. Observe!
When you blow up a lot of things, it ceases to have an ooh-ahh effect.
However, I will admit that you either should be running away to cover from an explosion, or setting it off from far enough away that movement isn't necessary.
I suppose being essential to the plot protects characters from shrapnel though. I wish I were plot essential.