What Villain Would You Love to Play?

May 31, 2013


Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men

When thinking of characters we all love to hate, is there one in particular you are convinced you’d be the best man or woman for the job? Are you burning to play Lady Macbeth and recite the lines, “Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?” Or is it Cape Fear‘s Max Cady that has you aspiring to chant, “Come out, come out wherever you are!!” Or how about Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men asking, “What business is it of yours where I’m from…friendo?” What with having to work hard every day and be a responsible citizen, isn’t it fun to let loose the darkness every now and then? Here are a few bad boys and girls that you may aspire to play:

  • The clean-cut, hunky but psychotic Patrick Bateman in American Psycho asking, “Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?” 
  • Lord Voldemort, the mutilated soul and sworn enemy of Harry Potter declaring, “I have seen your heart, and it is mine!”
  • The corrupted Detective Sergeant, Alonzo Harris in Training Day. “You think you can do this to me?!…King Kong ain’t got — on me!”
  • The Wizard of Oz‘s Wicked Witch of the West as well as Miss Gulch. “I’ll get you, my pretty!” and the classic, “I’m melting!”
  • Descending into madness in an isolated hotel, writer Jack Torrance announcing, “Here’s Johnny!” in The Shining.
  • Renegade Colonel Kurtz in Coppola’s Apocalypse Now uttering, “I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor…”
  • Faye Dunaway’s portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommy Dearest insisting, “No wire hangers!!”
  • The volatile Tommy DeVito in Scorsese’s Goodfellas. You think I’m funny?!…Why am I funny to you?!”
  • The cruel Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, saying, “You know, Billy, what worries me is how your mother is going to take this.”
  • The frightening Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs reminiscing, “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti…(slurpslurpslurp).”
  • Norman Bates seemed like a gentleman until his mother was brought up in polite conversation in Hitchcock’s Psycho. “We all go a little mad sometimes…Haven’t you?”
  • Angel of death, Annie Wilkes, in Misery crying out, “He didn’t get out of the cockadoodee car!!”
  • Kubrick’s  anti-hero and psychopath, Alex, in A Clockwork Orange narrating, “It had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Van.”

As you know, this list of unsavory characters could go on and on. Which of your favorite villains did we forget to mention? We want to hear which movie malefactor you aspire to play. Please share your nefarious picks–and don’t forget the quotes!