The most popular and durable Hollywood character is the lone hero. The man, or woman, who against all odds, confronts and defeats evil. In the old days, there was usually a shoot out, a duel on the dusty street of a frontier town between the forces of darkness and the forces of decency.
From the frontier marshall to the honest lawyer to the incorruptible rogue cop, Hollywood has elevated this persona to iconic status. He is a noble protagonist to celebrate and emulate.
But Hollywood, the principle author of this heroic image, is home to cowards.