Dom Testa

Author, Speaker, Broadcaster

Cheering For The Bad Guy

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I like to think I’m a pretty good guy, but I must admit I love a cool movie villain. It’s not like I’m cheering for the bad guy to win, but usually the actor has way more fun with the character when it’s evil.

These days there are spinoffs for everything, but the one place I thought Hollywood dropped the ball was by not producing a prequel of the original Die Hard. Hans Gruber (played by the incredible Alan Rickman) was so fascinating that we should’ve had a film about his background. What was that dude’s story?

What does it say about us when we think the bad guys are way more interesting than the good guys? Sorry, but the backstory of Darth Vader was far more intriguing than Luke’s story.

Broadway at least understood it by creating shows devoted to the Wicked Witch.

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And who can deny that Silence of The Lambs would’ve been Silence of The Yawns if it wasn’t for Hannibal Lecter? Yeah, Clarice was pretty good, but we couldn’t stop watching whenever Anthony Hopkins was on the screen.

A thousand entertainment folks were asked to vote for their favorite movie villains, and my choice of Hans Gruber somehow did not make the top ten. He fell to #11.


Here’s your Top Ten:

Darth Vader

Hannibal Lecter

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The Wicked Witch

The Joker (again, played in spectacular fashion by Heath Ledger)

Nurse Ratched, from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Miranda, from The Devil Wears Prada

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Norman Bates, from Psycho

Annie, from Misery (fantastic performance by Kathy Bates)

Colonel Hans Landa, from Inglorious Basterds

Anton (play by Javier Bardem), from No Country For Old Men

 


Okay, they’re all great choices. But Hans at #11?

Who didn’t make the Top 10 that you would’ve voted for?

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