I have been wanting to write a four blog series on my favorite movie characters. They will be broken into four groups: Bad Guys, Heroes, Best Friends, and Hero’s Hero.
I am not making a claim that any of these should be listed as the greatest characters in film history, but they are my favorite, and here’s why…
We’ll start with the Bad Guys.
The bad guys are just so much fun. Especially these three. And each of these actors absolutely deserve Oscars for each of these roles, and one of them was awarded it.
Hans Gruber (Die Hard) played by Alan Rickman
The dude is so cool. Wearing an Armani suit, walking up in this bank on Christmas, taking on John McClane. Die Hard is actually my favorite Christmas movie, next to Buddy the Elf and Muppet Christmas Carol.
Hans Gruber is a character that you know has won before and should win this time, and you hate it that you know he isn’t. And then there is that amazing look of stark fear in the moment he knows he is going to die that was FANTASTIC!
Alan Rickman who plays Gruber will actually appear again in this blog series. He is without a doubt my favorite British actor, and should have a couple of Oscars under his belt…
Carnegie (Book of Eli) played by Gary Oldman
If you are a fan of anything theological or church world, how can you not know someone (hopefully not NEARLY as evil) but that reminds you of this guy? I mean, he is greedy, selfish, and knows just enough Bible to misinterpret it, use it, and abuse it. He is so deliciously evil and manipulative. He is the perfect villain because you almost feel for him at times, and in the dark parts of your heart identify with him.
Gary Oldman, who is my other favorite British actor, has also been in a ton of other movies, and it is a CRIME he has never earned an Oscar. JFK, The Dark Knight, The Fifth Element, Lost in Space, Air Force One, and Dracula just to name a few of his most famous roles.
The Joker (The Dark Knight) played by Heath Ledger
Not my favorite evil character of all-time (thats a war still waging between Darth Vader and Lord Voldemort) but my favorite movie bad guy. Period. Heath Ledger acted out of his MIND for this roll. He is perfect. The is the personification of evil, insanity, sociopathic imbalances make him the best bad guy ever! I mean, what more could he have done?
Ledger, who some said only earned the Oscar as a result of his death, deserved that award hands-down. Unfortunately, it may have been his complete embodiment of the role that led, in part, to his death.
So, thoughts? Disagreements? Suggestions? Join the conversation!