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Subj: Re: Back in the 80s and 90s - Who were your favorite BAD GUYS?
Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 07:21:00 am EDT (Viewed 91 times)
Reply Subj: Back in the 80s and 90s - Who were your favorite BAD GUYS?
Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 05:32:46 am EDT (Viewed 102 times)
Hmmm. When it comes to professional wrestling Jake The Snake Roberts was great. Randy "Macho Man" Savage was also great. The Hart Foundation were cool, too.
As for movies...
Vader is a good choice. Between Empire and Jedi he had some decent depth to add to his evil.
Hans Gruber from Die Hard was an awesome bad guy. Alan Rickman was menacing as hell but he also had a sense of humor as well. Gary Busey's Mister Joshua from Lethal Weapon was awesomely nuts.
Dick Jones and Clarence Bodicker from Robocop! Two of the best bad guys in cinema, bar none.
Nevelle Sinclair from The Rocketeer. Timothy Dalton is an underrated actor and he is great as the Errol Flynn inspired character who is secretly a Nazi agent.
Simon Phoenix! Anyone remember Demolition Man? Oh man, Wesley Snipes is gloriously over the top.
Face/Off. John Travolta and Nicolas Cage were both great in this film, portraying both super villain Caster Troy and the FBI agent who switches faces with him. It's like the two were trying to see who could over-act whom.
The Matrix's Agent Smith! Hugo Weaving's delivery is so awesome in this film. "Misssster Anderson..."
"Son of Jor-El, kneel before Zod!" Gawd, Terrence Stamp is every kind of awesome.
Anyone remember The Running Man? Richard Dawson's Killian was oh-so-slimy and funny.
Finally, when it comes to comics I think John Byrne's Doctor Doom and Lex Luthor were both at their best. Doom was outstandingly menacing and one of my favorite Superman moments was his first exposure to post-Crisis kryptonite in Luthor's ring, with the bastard holding the hero by his cape, flashing his fist in the helpless hero's face and telling him to "Now get out of my office before I call a cop!"
Oh, and Chris Claremont's Magneto at this time was amazing. Watching him go from villain to anti-hero was great to read. Honestly? I wish Magneto had died before he became a bad guy again. Watching him "turn heel" once more cheapened the character, in my opinion. I would have liked to have seen Xavier die and Magneto permanently replace him as head of the mutant school. Since then we've seen both characters put through the ringer.
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