It’s not new to say that a lot of Hollywood screen villains are played by British actors (or at least they were before all films baddies turned into Middle Eastern Terrorists) but there is something wonderful about seeing classically trained actors hamming it up on the big screen.
In this week’s Iron Man 3, Sir Ben Kingsley plays the shady and charismatic Mandarin — a powerful terrorist with a mysterious past. In honor of his performance, we’re looking back at some of our favourite British Bad Guys for Hire…
Rogue’s Gallery: Russian Terrorist Egor Korshunov in Air Force One (left), bent DEA agent Norman Stansfield in Leon (aka The Professional) and future industrialist Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg in The Fifth Element.
Rogue’s Gallery: Evil property developer Franklin Hale in Nowhere to Run (left), future music hater Chuck De Nomolos in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey and South African diplomatic immunity abuser Arjen Rudd in Lethal Weapon 2.
and of course…
Sir Ben Kingsley
Rogue’s Gallery: Sociopathic East End thug Don Logan in Sexy Beast (left), General Aladeen’s treacherous Uncle Tamir in The Dictator and wacky spiritual leader Guru Tugginmypudha from The Love Guru (in which he doesn’t play a baddie, but the film is practically a war crime).
Iron Man 3 is now available to buy at blinkbox.