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If you haven't seen "Closet Land," and if you can manage to find a copy to watch, prepare to be the most repulsed you've ever been by a fictional motion picture. And I think you all know that's not a light comment coming from me.
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Rutger Hauer in the original "The Hitcher".
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Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) in Reservoir Dogs

Kathy Bates in Misery
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Has anybody else seen Closet Land?
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Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast was pretty real and I liked Betty Davis and a few others
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I second Kaiser Soze.
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The two Brothers in Funny Games. One was played by actor Michael Pitt.
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I saw closet land. Yes, RIckman was hideous. He does that well. As Snape in the Harry Potter films he still makes a great villan. I highly recommend Closet land for those who have not seen it. You can find it for free on YouTube. Rickman and Stowe play agains each other in an amazing anti-chemistry.
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I am so glad somebody else saw it. I wish it was more widely known because it's a fascinating movie.
My friend actually used to show it to his students at Survival school (and it was his original VHS that I watched) and he mentioned that when Rickman came out as Snape it scared the **** out of him Smile
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Closet land had two problems. First, I remember seeing a trailer for it with a group of friends before (of all things) the movie "hook" with Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. Here is a kids movie re-made for adults, but still in a light hearted way, and the preview shows poor madelin Stowe handcuffed to a chair in her underwear being verbally tormented by Alan Rickman. One of my friends whispered "That is for people into S & M." Until I saw the film I somewhat agreed that is what it looked like.

The other issue was that until the end credits I did not realize that film had been produced by Amnesty International. Looking backwards that made perfect sense. But it seemed like AI had some trouble distributing the film. I lived in Los Angeles at the time; the film capital of the world, and I don't remeber the film actually hitting theaters.

Still, taken for what it is, it is a great film with a great script and amazing acting.

Yes Rickman can and did, and still does scare the spit out of people when he wants to.
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Speaking of Kevin "Soze" Spacey, he also did a great job as John Doe in "Seven."
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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Yes, he did. I really enjoyed Spacey in "Seven."
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Yeah, I thought it was a pretty mediocre movie until he showed up.

"So, what were you doing? Biding your time? Toying with me? Allowing five innocent people to die until you felt like springing your trap? Tell me, what was the indisputable evidence you were going to use on me right before I walked up to you and put my hands in the air?"
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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Kirk Douglas as the reporter in Ace in the Hole (aka The Big Carnival) and Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity. Also, Dirk Bogarde in The Servant.
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I enjoyed "Usual Suspects" while watching it, but afterwards felt that it was one of the most dishonest and manipulative films I'd ever seen.
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Sir Anthony Hopkins without a doubt as Hannibal Lecter but to be honest, I like the idea of a Lecter disposing of bad performers. In the "sequel" Red Dragon, he disposes of a flautist in the Baltimore Symphony because the musician was playing a tad off key. Imagine if such a boon would happen for magic Smile

Now here is a strange one that some may question but the great Lee Strasburg as Hyman Roth [read Meyer Lansky] in The Godfather Part II. For all of Michael Corleone's considerable power, Roth almost destroyed the formidable Corleones.

An honorable mention has to go to Hugh Jackman in The Prestige. Christopher Nolan could have just as easily cast Christian Bale as the villain which would have been the obvious choice. Jackman plays "nice guys with an edge"- think X-Men. The characters ereveal themselves as beautifully as a Michael Vincent sleight of hand performance.

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Hi Vlad, Thanks for joining us here at NVMS. I enjoyed the Prestige, too, although a lot of magicians seem to have criticized it rather severely.

How about both Nicholas Cage and J.T. Walsh in "Red Rock West" (1993)?
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On 2012-07-03 12:41, landmark wrote:

The spirit of the thread is villains who we would not necessarily recognize as such at the beginning. Maybe it's the person sitting at the end of the bar.

This guy comes to my mind:

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Kevin McCarthy as RJ Fletcher.
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