Playing a heavy in a film can't be an easy job. You come to work each day and you have to be ...well, Bad. Even if you don't want to be bad that day. And you have to be convincing as well or the film will not fly. Here are some badees that have impressed me over the years. And I'm sure they're nice people!
James is a rugged, intense character player with leading man good looks. Having first gained recognition in 1979 as Ajax
, in his second film, The Warriors
. That same year he garnered acclaim on Broadway with Richard Gere
in the concentration camp drama "Bent". In a career spanning nearly four decades...
“ This guy is the first one that comes to mind. Just plain nasty in 48Hours. ” - planetmark18
Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes
, a director; Magnus Fiennes
“ Cold cold and heartless. Well worth the Oscar nod for Schindlers List. ” - planetmark18
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
“ True Romances fav pimp. I loved this character! ” - planetmark18
John Gavin Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois, to Joe Anne (Choisser), who owned a local newspaper, and Daniel Leon Malkovich, a state conservation director. His paternal grandparents were Croatian. In 1976, Malkovich joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, newly founded by his friend Gary Sinise
“ Con Air wouldn't have been the same without him. ” - planetmark18
Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel
, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine
, the young actor, actually coming from upper classes...
“ I wanted to strangle this guy in Derailed. ” - planetmark18
If "born to the theater" has meaning in determining a person's life path, then John Lithgow is a prime example of this truth. He was born in Rochester, New York, to Sarah Jane (Price), an actress, and Arthur Washington Lithgow III, who was both a theatrical producer and director. John's father was born in Puerto Plata...
“ Cliffhanger was an awesome experience. Lithgow was so nasty. I still can't believe he could kick Sly's butt. ” - planetmark18
Richard Widmark established himself as an icon of American cinema with his debut in the 1947 film noir Kiss of Death
in which he won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination as the killer "Tommy Udo". Kiss of Death
and other noir thrillers established Widmark as part of a new generation of American movie actors who became stars in the post-World War II era...
“ I love the classic Film Noir. Kiss of Death is among my collection. Richard Widmark plays Tommy Udo, not nice. ” - planetmark18
“ As the voice of Darth Vader. Awesome character. ” - planetmark18
Ben Foster was born October 29, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Gillian Kirwan and Steven Foster, restaurant owners. His younger brother is actor Jon Foster
. His paternal grandparents were from Russian Jewish families that immigrated to Massachusetts (his grandfather became a prominent judge in Boston), while his mother's family is from Maryland...
“ A newbie to the Baddie list. Who can forget his character in 3:10 to Yuma? ” - planetmark18
Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the child of two actors, Pete Rockwell
and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents split up, at which point he and his father moved to San Francisco...
“ Foul and disgusting was his character in The Green Mile. ” - planetmark18