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Typical Hollywood Good Guys Who Then Play Villains


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I always enjoy seeing the historic good guy/gal actor then play a real bad guy/gal in a movie.

The two that come immediately to mind are:

Henry Fonda as Frank in "Once Upon a Time in the West" (you will always remember his character's name in that one)

Gregory Peck as Dr. Mengele in "The Boys from Brazil" where he may have given a bit of an over-the-top performance but still enjoyable.

I think since you have such a historical memory of the good characters, the villain character becomes even more evil and even upsetting

 

List some of your favorites and why.

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Robert Ryan in many of his films played bigots, but he believed in human rights and was as far off from his characters as was possible.

 

Richard Widmark played a lot of bad guys - actually he was not prejudiced and believed in human rights. NOT like in No Way Out.

 

 

Robert Walker had one of the scariest killer roles in the history of the movies to end his career/short life.

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By the early 1940's Barbara Stanwyck had done a series of light hearted comedic films, she was  the " girl a guy would take home to meet mom".  Then rather abruptly, she goes evil femme fatale  in DOUBLE INDEMNITY.  And of course Fred McMurray did the same in that film.  McMurray's entire career had him playing good guys or comedic roles with just  a few exceptions.  Maybe its  just coincidence but his villain roles are his most memorable of all. .

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After just watching a Perry mason episode, I thought of Raymond Burr in "Rear Window".

 

And after "Deep Impact" and "Lord of the Rings", etc. how about Elijah Wood as Kevin in "Sin City".

 

Other favorites are Nicole Kidman as a "killer" /mastermind nutcase in "To Die For" and Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction" and even as Cruella De Vil.

 

 

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Perhaps not quite a villain, but certainly morally corrupt: Tyrone Power as an ambitious con artist and hustler in Nightmare Alley.

Nightmare Alley was Tyrone Power's favorite role. It was the movie that he was proudest of.

 

Coming from a family of actors, he took acting very seriously. He was one of the few top-ranking movie stars of the Golden Age who repeatedly did stage work, even after becoming one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

 

I can think of very few movie stars, aside from Katharine Hepburn, who made a genuine commitment to the theater and serious acting.

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