There are villains on the silver screen and on the small screen aplenty. A veritable plethora of them, but this isn’t just about the characters. You see there are some villains we just love to hate, and then there are actors who just drive us insane wanting to see them get their comeuppance. So without further ado, we’d like to raise a toast to these six fine actors who really messed with our heads.
Brett Dalton – Grant Ward, Marvel’s Agents of Shield
At first Agent Ward is one of the good guys, but as Marvel’s Agents of Shield progresses there’s a complete u-turn and we discover that Ward is actually one of the bad guys. Dalton plays both roles very well indeed, but then things get super creepy with Ward evolving into something other worldly. Can you imagine the brief that poor Brett was given!? “Right, so you’re a hero, but actually you’re a bad guy. Oh and then you’re going to be this space zombie alien thing, and oh man, you should see how that develops….”. Seriously, WTF!?
Michael K. Williams – Omar Devone Little, The Wire
Superbly written to critical acclaim, this list couldn’t get by without having someone from The Wire on it. Omar managed to be more than just a stick up man and it’s unsurprising the Baltimore City Paper named the character one of their top ten reasons not to cancel the show and called him “arguably the show’s single greatest achievement.” One of the great accomplishments of Williams is that on one hand you had the facade that a character like Omar would project, but then behind the scenes there was so much going on.
Giancarlo Esposito – Gus Fring, Breaking Bad
Esposito was the perfect choice for Gustavo, calm owner of a chain of fast-food chicken restaurants and community leader, but, a cold as ice meth kingpin beneath the surface. If you haven’t seen Breaking Bad before, I’m just going to say, box-cutter. When you see it, well, you’ll understand his inclusion.
Jack Gleeson – Joffrey Baratheon, Game of Thrones
In 2002 young Jack had an unaccredited role in “Reign of Fire”, which was actually a pretty decent film. The title of his role was simply “kid”. Whoever thought of casting him for Joffrey Baratheon is a wizard, because for a while, Jack’s character was very much the focus of a lot of public hatred. By all accounts though, Jack is actually a lovely chap, which makes his acting achievement even more spectacular.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – Negan, The Walking Dead
Negan was apparently based on Henry Rollins, which I always found odd because I’d set up stage for Henry quite a few times and always found him to be an awesome guy. Nonetheless, Negan’s one liners and cruelty made “The Governor” look like a Care Bear. I waited for Morgan’s entrance on The Walking Dead, and bloody hell, he made that character shine. The timing of the lines, the posture, that sly smile, perfection. I admit, I actually like the character of Negan in some respects, but still want to see Rick kick his ass.
And finally, the unequivocal winner of all time…..
Iwan Rheon – Ramsay Bolton, Game of Thrones
Okay, I hate the character, but I love Iwan’s acting. Never in my entire life have I wanted to see a character “get what’s coming to him”, and he was delicious. George Martin’s writing is sublime, but Iwan’s acting is magnificent. Killing people just isn’t enough, no, they can be skinned, dismembered, fed to dogs, you name it, Ramsay Bolton hasn’t just done it, he invented it. Iwan, you make my skin crawl, but you’re bloody awesome.