Who’s Your FAVORITE Bad Guy?!

Working on Your Screenplay STILL Sucks!. Writing about Opponents… wondering who you think are the finest Bad Guys in the history of movies or TV…

Who do you love to hate?
Who’s the most complex?
Who’s the most unusual?
Who do you find endlessly fascinating?
Who was the biggest problem for the hero?
Who do you enjoy watching again and again?

I’m sure you’ve got favorites I’ve not considered… hence the question!

Thank you for letting me know.

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8 responses to “Who’s Your FAVORITE Bad Guy?!

  1. Shelly Runyon played by Gary Oldman in The Contender starring Joan Allen. He plays the congressman who leads the character assassination/hearings of/for Senator Laine Hanson who is the president’s pick for VP when the sitting VP dies. Runyon is manipulative, hypocritical, slimy, sexist. Oldman brought some hate-able yucky traits to the character. He doesn’t stop eating a steak while saying disgusting things to the the main character. (To this Joan Allen makes a wonderful choice by chuckling in a way that says, if I weren’t laughing, I’d barf). He drags out his slimy way of speaking, reveling over every shitty word in his mouth as if he’s savoring a favorite dish. He looks her up and down and still manages to be eunuch-like. He has no personal power, only external power and uses it for control, not the common good. He’s lost his way and cares only about power, not ideals. We find out from his wife he used to be decent. We find out some of his personal history that could mean he’s got nothing left to lose. That humanizes him and makes him a better villain. However, even his wife who loves and understands him turns against him. That’s powerful.

    • yourscreenplaysucks

      Kelly,
      I gotta see that movie! He sounds wonderful. Well, not wonderful, but you know what I mean. He’s also pretty stellar in LEON THE PROFESSIONAL. Have you seen that? He’s a top notch bad guy there, too.
      Thank you for the beautifully written response, too.
      Will

      • Hey, thank you for the kind words. I haven’t seen LEON THE PROFESSIONAL. It’s going to the top of the list!

      • yourscreenplaysucks

        Our Gary Oldman knows how to choose a good script. I’ll be curious to know what you think of LEON. Natalie Portman’s debut. Directed by Luc Besson who really, really knows what he’s doing.

      • It’s on hold at the library. Just gotta pick it up. Will let you know how it hits me.

      • yourscreenplaysucks

        I’ll be very curious to hear what you think…

  2. Ed Montalvo

    I like the unknown villain. One who is always just a step ahead. One whose shadow you see going around the corner but he is just out of sight. I think the mystery of it then allows the reader to supply their own worst personal villain.

    • yourscreenplaysucks

      Ed,
      What’s an example of that that works for you? That sounds very cool, but I’d love to know some movies that do it that way.
      thanks,
      Will

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