We’ve already had the baddest baddy screen villains, e.g. Hannibal Lecter but this one this evening concentrates more on the actor him/herself.
We were discussing this today and my mate pointed out that they’re films,aren’t they? Anyone can be made to look villainous in a film.
Hans Gruber is chilling but is Alan Rickman? Is Anthony Hopkins, in real life?
So what about those actors themselves who give you pause for thought, for caution, whenever you see them? When the baddy says his lines, it’s not the character but the actor who chills. A female point of view today was Kevin Costner, to which we said, “What?!!!”
Actors I’d put into the quietly unnerving category would be Sean Bean, Donny Sutherland, maybe Harold Sakata, Glenn Close, Christopher Walken, Robert Stack. There are some unsung ones too, e.g. Patrick O’Neal [Stepford Wives 1975].
The one who freaked me out the most played Hyde in the 1931 version – Fredric March.