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  • BrokenFan
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    #155039

    I was just watching a favorite from 2011, Takashi Miike’s ’13 Assassins’, which featured what is probably the nastiest, cruelest villain to grace the screen in recent years, but what I really liked was that it wasn’t an over-the-top cartoonish performance either. He was a character you love to hate. 

    Any other examples to pass the time? 

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    ENGLAND
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    Here are just a few for me.

     

    1. The Joker (The Dark Knight): Played by Heath Ledger

    2.  Aileen Wuornos (Monster): Played by Charlize Theron’

    3. Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter Series): Played by Tom Felton

    4. Idi Amin (The Last King of Scotland): Played by Forest Whitaker

    5. Lord Farquaad (Skrek): Voiced by John Lithgow

    6. Mary Jones (Precious): MoNique

    7. Anton Chigurh (No Country For Old Men): Played by Javier Bardem

    8. Agent Smith (The Matrix Series): Played by Hugo Weaving

    9. King Xerxes (300 Series): Played by Rodrigo Santoro

    10. Raoul Silva (Skyfall): Played by Javier Bardem

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    ETPhoneHome
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    For me, the top 3 recent ones (Last 10 years) are Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds), Anton Chigurh (No Country For Old Men), Voldemort (Harry Potter).

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Bane, The Dark Knight Rises (played by Tom Hardy)
    Muse, Captain Phillips (played by Barkhad Abdi)
    Khan, Star Trek into Darkness (played by Benedict Cumberbatch)
    Lotso, Toy Story 3 (played by Ned Beatty)
    Anton, No Country for Old Men (played by Javier Bardem)
    Tai Lung, Kung Fu Panda (played by Ian McShane)
    Joker, The Dark Knight (played by Heath Ledger)
    Hans Landa, Inglorious Basterds (played by Christoph Waltz)
    Loki, Thor/The Avengers/Thor: The Dark World (played by Tom Hiddleston)
    Calvin Candie, Django Unchained (played by Leonardo DiCaprio)
    President Snow, The Hunger Games franchise (played by Donald Sutherland)

    and this one will get me a lot of hate…

    Kahmunrah, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (played by Hank Azaria)

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    Regina George – Mean Girls

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    BrokenFan
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    Regina George – Mean Girls

     

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    I think what is interesting about this dialogue is that the parts of Hans Landa, Anton Chigurh, Mary (in Precious), and the Joker all easily won in their respective categories. It was the win of Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs which changed the nature of the villain at the Oscars. One has to wonder if the great performances as villains in 20th century film – Norma Desmond, Norman Bates, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Baby Jane Hudson – would have been rewarded by Oscar had the current perspective been more well regarded at that time.

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    Recent memory? Well my long-term memories have always been stronger. Here goes; not in any particular order:

    Ed Harris, “Oats”; Under Fire

    Anne Baxter, “Eve Harrington”, All About Eve

    R, Lee Ermey, “Sgt Hartman”, Full Metal Jacket

      Douglas Rain, “Hal 9000”, 2001 A Space Odyssey

    Jacki Weaver, “Janine Cody”, Animal Kingdom

    Keifer Sutherland, “David”, The Lost Boys; “Ace Merrill”, Stand By Me

    Linda Fiorentino, “Bridget Gregory”, The Last Seduction

    Kathleen Turner, “Matty Walker”, Body Heat

    Casey Affleck, “Robert Ford”, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    Ving Rhames, “Marsellus Wallace”, Pulp Fiction (and the other ‘villains’ too)

    Sharon Stone, “Catherine Tramell”,  Basic Instinct

    James Cagney, :”Cody Jarrett”, White Heat

    Laurence Olivier, “Dr Szell”, Marathon Man

    Marlon Brando, “Vito Corleone”, The Godfather

    Ted Raimi, “Henrietta”, Evil Dead 2, Dead by Dawn

    Rutger Haur, “Roy Batty”, Blade Runner

    Ted Levine, “Buffalo Bill”, Anthony Hopkins. “Hannibal Lecter”. Silence of the Lambs

    Robert Shaw, “Doyle Lonnegan” The Sting

    Richard Attenborough, “Pinkie Brown”, Brighton Rock

    Max Schreck, “Count Orlok”, Nosferatu

    Gunnar Hansen, “Leatherface”, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    Barbara Stanwyck, “Phyllis Deitrichson”, Double Indemnity

    Christopher Walken, “Vincenzo Coccotti”, Gary Oldman, “Drexl Spivey”, James Gandolfini, “Virgil”, True Romance

    James Cromwell, “Cpt Dudley Smith”, LA Confidential

    Denzel Washington, “Alonzo Harris”, Training Day

    Kevin Spacey, “Keyser Soze”, The Usual Suspects, “John Doe”, Se7en

    Kathy Bates, “Annie Wilkes”, Misery

    Gene Hackman, “Little Bill Daggett”, Unforgiven

    Alan Ford, “Brick Top”, Snatch

    Robert Mitchum, “Max Cady”, Cape Fear. “Reverend Harry Powell”, Night of the Hunter

    Glenn Close, “Alex Forrest”, Fatal Attraction

    Dennis Hopper, “Frank Booth”, Blue Velvet

    Ben Kingsley, “Don Logan”, Sexy Beast

    Peter Lorre, “Hans Beckert”, M

    Angela Lansbury, “Mrs Iselin”, The Manchurian Candidate

    Alan Rickman, “Sheriff of Nottingham”, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    Thomas Wilson, “Biff Tannen”, Back to the Future (all three)

    Orson Welles, “Harry Lime”, The Third Man

    Joe Pesci, “Tommy DeVito”, Goodfellas

    Bette Davis, “Baby Jane Hudson”, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

    Daniel Day-Lewis, “Daniel Plainview”, There Will Be Blood

    John Huston, “Noah Cross”, Chinatown

    Michael Douglas, “Gordon Gekko”, Wall Street

    Anthony Perkins, “Norman Bates”, Psycho

    Ralph Fiennes, “Amon Goeth”, Schindler’s List

    Jack Nicholson, “Jack Torrance”, The Shining

    Louise Fletcher, “Nurse Ratched”, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    I’ve left out a bunch of others (lol) including animated villains and monster/creatures, witches et al. and others I’ve forgotten, plus all of the above mentions in everyone’s posts.

    I do like my villains, yes indeed.

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    I mean Baby Jane Hudson was a nominated role. Also for characters that you mentioned are played by Oscarless people in big Oscar vehicles. 

    I’m in the minority, I’m sure, but I just didn’t like Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek 9and like in the minority, I actually liked the film) I just can’t stand the guy’s face. lol

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    Recent memory? Well my long-term memories have always been stronger. Here goes; not in any particular order:

    Ed Harris, “Oats”; Under Fire

    Anne Baxter, “Eve Harrington”, All About Eve

    R, Lee Ermey, “Sgt Hartman”, Full Metal Jacket

      Douglas Rain, “Hal 9000”, 2001 A Space Odyssey

    Jacki Weaver, “Janine Cody”, Animal Kingdom

    Keifer Sutherland, “David”, The Lost Boys; “Ace Merrill”, Stand By Me

    Linda Fiorentino, “Bridget Gregory”, The Last Seduction

    Kathleen Turner, “Matty Walker”, Body Heat

    Casey Affleck, “Robert Ford”, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    Ving Rhames, “Marsellus Wallace”, Pulp Fiction (and the other ‘villains’ too)

    Sharon Stone, “Catherine Tramell”,  Basic Instinct

    James Cagney, :”Cody Jarrett”, White Heat

    Laurence Olivier, “Dr Szell”, Marathon Man

    Marlon Brando, “Vito Corleone”, The Godfather

    Ted Raimi, “Henrietta”, Evil Dead 2, Dead by Dawn

    Rutger Haur, “Roy Batty”, Blade Runner

    Ted Levine, “Buffalo Bill”, Anthony Hopkins. “Hannibal Lecter”. Silence of the Lambs

    Robert Shaw, “Doyle Lonnegan” The Sting

    Richard Attenborough, “Pinkie Brown”, Brighton Rock

    Max Schreck, “Count Orlok”, Nosferatu

    Gunnar Hansen, “Leatherface”, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    Barbara Stanwyck, “Phyllis Deitrichson”, Double Indemnity

    Christopher Walken, “Vincenzo Coccotti”, Gary Oldman, “Drexl Spivey”, James Gandolfini, “Virgil”, True Romance

    James Cromwell, “Cpt Dudley Smith”, LA Confidential

    Denzel Washington, “Alonzo Harris”, Training Day

    Kevin Spacey, “Keyser Soze”, The Usual Suspects, “John Doe”, Se7en

    Kathy Bates, “Annie Wilkes”, Misery

    Gene Hackman, “Little Bill Daggett”, Unforgiven

    Alan Ford, “Brick Top”, Snatch

    Robert Mitchum, “Max Cady”, Cape Fear. “Reverend Harry Powell”, Night of the Hunter

    Glenn Close, “Alex Forrest”, Fatal Attraction

    Dennis Hopper, “Frank Booth”, Blue Velvet

    Ben Kingsley, “Don Logan”, Sexy Beast

    Peter Lorre, “Hans Beckert”, M

    Angela Lansbury, “Mrs Iselin”, The Manchurian Candidate

    Alan Rickman, “Sheriff of Nottingham”, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    Thomas Wilson, “Biff Tannen”, Back to the Future (all three)

    Orson Welles, “Harry Lime”, The Third Man

    Joe Pesci, “Tommy DeVito”, Goodfellas

    Bette Davis, “Baby Jane Hudson”, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

    Daniel Day-Lewis, “Daniel Plainview”, There Will Be Blood

    John Huston, “Noah Cross”, Chinatown

    Michael Dougless, “Gordon Gekko”, Wall Street

    Anthony Perkins, “Norman Bates”, Psycho

    Ralph Fiennes, “Amon Goeth”, Schindler’s List

    Jack Nicholson, “Jack Torrance”, The Shining

    Louise Fletcher, “Nurse Ratched”, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    I’ve left out a bunch of others (lol) including animated villains and monster/creatures, witches et al. and others I’ve forgotten, plus all of the above mentions in everyone’s posts.

    I do like my villains, yes indeed.

    Ugh. Pook your extreme good taste in films make me sick.  

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    babypook
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    Thank you BrokenFan, I think. Lol.

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    babypook
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    Oops. I’ve left out two that I must mention:

    Mieko Harada, “Lady Kaede”, Ran

    Diane Ladd, “Henrietta Fortune”, Wild at Heart

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    [quote=”nkb325″]Regina George – Mean Girls

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    Hey, is that Mia Wasikowska in your signature pic? I’m intrigued

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