Posted by: Jim | July 23, 2004

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The Best of the Bad

Since it’s Friday, I’m going to post a list of the top 10 bad guys in movies. The bad guys are what make movies good, in my humble opinion. Here they are:

1. Roy Baty, played by Rutger Hauer in “Blade Runner”. The best and most compassionate portrayal of a bad guy ever.
2. “Manny” Manheim, played by Jon Voigt in “Runaway Train” If you’ve seen it, you’ll understand. This one is actually a close second to my venerated Blade Runner.
3. Colonel Kurtz, played by Marlon Brando in “Apocalypse Now”
4. Kaiser Soze, played by [name intentionally removed] in “The Usual Suspects”. Just awesome.
5. Hans Gruber, played by Alan Rickman in “Die Hard”
6. Nurse Mildred Ratched, played by Louise Fletcher in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest”
7. John Doe, played by Kevin Spacey in “Se7en”
8. Agent Smith, played by Hugo Weaving in “The Matrix”
9. “Butch” Haynes, played by Kevin Costner in “A Perfect World” This one’s a longshot, but I liked it.
10. HAL 9000, voice by Douglas Rain in “2001: A Space Odyssey”

Interesting list. There’s a little bit of me in all of them! In the interest of starting a “meme” … Dread over at “The Ronkainen Project” has promised to post his list as well.

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