Aug 20

8 Brilliant British Movie Villains for Hire

Tag: blinkboxblinkbox @ 1:48 pm

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

Alan Rickman
Rogue’s Gallery: East German terrorist Hans Gruber in Die Hard (left) and the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

Gary Oldman
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.

Anthony Hopkins
Rogue’s Gallery: Cannibalistic Serial Killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (left), millionaire body snatcher Ian McCandless in Freejack and Richard Nixon in Nixon.

Joss Ackland
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.

Mark Strong
Rogue’s Gallery: The aptly named Sinestro in Green Lantern (left), mobster Frank D’Amico in Kick-Ass, and the enigmatic Thern leader Matai Shang in John Carter.

Jason Isaacs
Rogue’s Gallery: Ruthless British colonialist Col. William Tavington in The Patriot (left), the evil king’s right hand man in Dragonheart and Captain Hook in Peter Pan.

Malcolm McDowell
Rogue’s Gallery: Sinister water baron Kesslee in Tank Girl (left), arms dealer Arnold Gundars in I Spy and the Kirk-killing Dr Tolian Soran in Star Trek Generations

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).

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2 Responses to “8 Brilliant British Movie Villains for Hire”

  1. Dogsbody says:

    The third picture of Gary Oldman is him from the Fifth Element! Still a good villain though :-)

  2. blinkbox says:

    Oops, good spot! Corrected

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