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Playing the Villain

Performances
3.4k votersThe Most Overqualified Villain Performances In Movie HistoryWhen A-list actors end up in less-than-stellar movies, two things can happen: 1) They phone it in, take their paycheck, and move o...
Villains
15.4k votersWhat These Notable Horror Villains Look Like Without Their MakeupSome famous horror actors are only known to the public by the face they wear on screen. Whether they're hiding behind a hockey mas...
Entertainment
16.8k votersThe Worst Supervillain Performances In Comic Book MoviesBad actors have ruined plenty of films. This is especially true in the superhero genre, where taking on the role of a classic Marv...
Villains
99 votersFormer Child Actors Who Played Cold-Blooded Villains – And Nailed ItFor a multitude of different reasons, most child actors do not wind up having successful careers as grown-ups in show business. Ho...
Pop Culture
1.2k voters18 Times Movies Cast 'Nice Guy' Actors As Not-So-Nice CharactersEngaging storytelling is all about subverting expectations, and one of the most efficient ways for a director to do this is to cas...
Villains
6.3k votersThe Best Villain Performances By Actors Who Always Play The HeroActors are often typecast as a specific type of character. Those who become defined as "good guys (or girls)" and "heroes" wind up...
Entertainment
3.7k voters14 Times Actors Became A Really Big Deal After Playing An Iconic VillainThere are many different ways to break into the big time as an actor - and one of them is to play an unforgettable villain. Sure, ...
Entertainment
3.1k votersActors People Hated In Real Life Because Of The Villains They PlayedSome actors are so good at their jobs that everyone hates them. Every good story needs a villain, but fans who see them as real ha...
Villains
4k votersActors Who Auditioned To Play The Hero And Ended Up As The VillainWhen an actor is cast as a beloved (or at least likable) character in a celebrated movie, it becomes hard to imagine anyone else i...
Villains
1.6k voters15 Movie Stars You Forgot Played Villains In Blockbuster MoviesThere's nothing more fun than watching an older movie and spotting someone you had forgotten was in it - someone who wasn't partic...
Villains
1.4k voters14 Times Great Villains Were Played By ComediansActors like Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, and John Malkovich can't always play the villain. These times great villains were played b...
Villains
1.2k votersBig Stars You Forgot Played Villains On TVIt typically takes actors time to ascend to the A-list, and their path up the Hollywood ladder often includes numerous forgotten r...
Entertainment
1.6k voters13 Times Sitcom Stars Played Villains - And Nailed ItSitcom stars achieve popularity by making us laugh week after week. Sometimes, those same stars like to stretch their acting muscl...
Pop Culture
426 voters14 Times Musicians Played Movie Villains (And Totally Nailed It)It's hard to make a name for yourself in the music business, so those who do it deserve respect. Deserving of even more respect ar...
Entertainment
101 voters12 Times An Actor Played The Hero And The Villain In The Same MovieThe only thing better than landing one role in a major Hollywood production is landing two. It may seem odd, at first thought, tha...
Politics
333 votersThe Greatest Actor Portrayals Of The Worst People In HistoryThe actors who played history's worst villains are an incredible bunch. Some, like Joaquin Phoenix and Robert Duvall, are huge sta...
1990s
117 voters17 Actors Who Were The Bad Guy In Every Movie In The '80s And '90sAre you nostalgic for movies from the '80s and '90s? If so, you will undoubtedly have a special place in your heart for the charac...
Villains
215 votersThe Most Overqualified Action Movie Villains Of All TimeIf you're looking to sell your big-budget blockbuster to the masses, one surefire way to get people excited is to bring beloved ac...
Pop Culture
145 votersTimes Comedians Played TV Villains (And Nailed It)Some actors who played iconic villains on TV weren't always the most obvious choice. Some of the best TV villains of all time have...
Performances
2.4k voters12 Non-Actors Who Played Stone Cold Villains (And Nailed It)It's always a treat to discover unusual villain performances that work. Plenty of actors routinely - and convincingly - play bad g...