Most chilling actors

This one’s a little more difficult.

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.

5 comments for “Most chilling actors

  1. September 14, 2010 at 22:05

    Anthony Hopkins
    Jack Nicholson

  2. September 14, 2010 at 22:52

    Just plain creepy

    Peter Lorre
    Harpo Marx
    Adam Sandler
    Klaus Kinski

    Quietly unnerving

    Patrick McGoohan
    Christopher Lee
    Vincent Price
    George Raft
    Lee Marvin
    Charles Bronson
    Gary Oldman
    Ray Winstone
    Bob Hoskins

    Although you hit the number one already with Christopher Walken, although he never seemed as menacing after Weapon of Choice

  3. September 15, 2010 at 01:22

    Anthony Hopkins – Magic
    John Malkovich – Ripley’s Game
    Anthony Perkins – Psycho
    Gene Wilder – Wonka
    Richard Attenborough – 10 Rillington Place
    Malcolm Mcdowell – Clockwork Orange/ Gangster no`1

  4. September 15, 2010 at 05:17

    Tim Roth

  5. September 15, 2010 at 07:05

    Adam Sandler?

    George Raft- how about Jimmy Cagney and Edward G. Robinson?

    I was thinking of Malkovich.

    Tim Roth – Greenaway film – yes.

    How about Gregg Henry?

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