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Movie Heavies

  1. Jan 20, 2006 #1

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    Movie "Heavies"

    Long's we're having fun w' Tinseltown, who are your favorite "heavies?" I'm looking for the actors/actresses rather than their roles. Palance for consistently scaring the hell out of me as a child. Borgnine for gleeful menace. Lorre for deadpan, cold fish "death at the door." Davi and Drago for "Colombian necktie" ruthlessness. Elam and Dern for black hats. Brennan for "isn't he supposed to play the 'good guy'?"

    Edit: Shoot! Forgot Marvin (Liberty Valance), and van Cleef. Sorry.
     
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  3. Jan 20, 2006 #2

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    Borgnine here too, for one. I have to think about this one.
     
  4. Jan 20, 2006 #3
    I'm not terribly familiar with more than just the more popular of actors but I'll list a few I like.

    Chrsitopher Walken
    Morgan Freeman
    Gene Wilder (RIP)
    Patrick Stewart
     
  5. Jan 20, 2006 #4
    Definitely Davi and Walken!

    Hackman occasionally makes a great heavy as well, but has just as often been on the other side (i.e., good guy).
    For pure nostalgia, no one can beat Karloff.
    Dennehy made a great heavy the few times I've seen him do it.
     
  6. Jan 20, 2006 #5

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    Karloff? Hmmm. He, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Lon Chaney, Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, and the rest of the "monster, vampire, horror film" gang definitely fit the definition of "heavy" that I put in the OP. So, too late to restrict things, and I'll nominate Tony Perkins as being right up there to give you the willies with either the pop-eyed or slyly smiling Norman Bates.
     
  7. Jan 20, 2006 #6
    Henry Fonda played a pretty ruthless heavy in "Once Upon a Time In The West" (he even shot the kids :bugeye: )
     
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    Charles Laughton
    Robert Mitchum
    Edward G. Robinson
    Humphrey Bogart (an authentic bad guy in many of his roles)
    Rod Steiger
    Sterling Hayden
     
  9. Jan 20, 2006 #8

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    Kathy Bates is a heavy actress, and IMO, a great one.
     
  10. Jan 20, 2006 #9
    russell crowe in la confidential. he was intense, angry and didn't say much. he let his fist do the talking.
     
  11. Jan 20, 2006 #10

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    Besides, he's cute.
     
  12. Jan 20, 2006 #11
    i wouldn't go there.
     
  13. Jan 20, 2006 #12
    That's not a heavy. A heavy is a bad guy with no conscience. Russel Crowe was always struggling with morality, right and wrong, in that role.
     
  14. Jan 20, 2006 #13

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    Nobody beats Annie Wilkes, in whatever sort of heaviness you're talking about.
     
  15. Jan 20, 2006 #14
    we have diff. definitions of heavy. his character was morally ambiguous but he was heavy when he was beating people up.
     
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  16. Jan 20, 2006 #15
    It's been a while since I've see it, but as I recall all his violence boiled down to outrage about violence against women. Eventually we see he's struggling with the same impulse in himself. He's certainly not a hero, but he has too much of a conscience to be a "heavy".

    Noun 1. heavy - an actor who plays villainous roles

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/heavy
     
  17. Jan 20, 2006 #16
    Dom Deluise
     
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