NY Times: Touch of Evil

The NY Times has produced a “video gallery of cinematic villainy” featuring an array of actors from the past year in film.

“Likability may be the currency of movie stardom, but most actors agree that the juiciest, most memorable roles often belong to the villains. The 13 performers featured in this year’s portfolio have distinguished themselves in 2011 by playing nice, noble, tragic and heroically patient characters — as well as many who defy easy description — but as a rule they have not impersonated monsters, killers, thugs or other figures of malevolence. So the magazine offered them the chance to try on the black hat.”1

Directed by Alex Prager with music by Ali Heinwein, the shorts pay nefarious tribute to some of more memorable rogues of film history.

I’ve included a few of my favorites below (click to view), be sure to check out the full gallery as well as the icons who inspired it.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt © The NY Times

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara © The NY Times

Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman © The NY Times

Glenn Close

Glenn Close © The NY Times


1 Source: “Vamps, Crooks & Killers,” The NY Times

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