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2012-12-10 11:26:30 AM
Yeah, Brooks was really good as a brutal character in Drive. Liam Neeson in Taken is a dumb choice though since he's been playing tough guys off and on for years.
 
2012-12-10 11:32:16 AM
"Casino" is my all-time favorite movie, and Don Rickles is one of my favorite stand-up comics, but IMHO, he does not belong on the list.
 
2012-12-10 11:41:11 AM
I'll add Gregory Peck in Duel in the Sun, though he's more asshole than badass in that, but it's very surprising to see him in that role!
 
2012-12-10 11:48:47 AM
reelreviewsradio.com

you seem to have forgotten somebody.
 
2012-12-10 12:15:37 PM
No Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects?
 
2012-12-10 12:41:40 PM
Nobody from Drive belongs on that list. Nobody.

Crispin Glover? He may be some kind of ninja in Charlie's Angels, but not a badass.

And yeah, Don Rickles should not be on the list. Doesn't he get his ass kicked at least once in Casino?
 
2012-12-10 01:02:14 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-10 01:07:32 PM

FishyFred: Doesn't he get his ass kicked at least once in Casino?


Joe Pesci knocks him upside the head with a phone. I don't know why he is included here. Probably trolling.

Chad Lowe was fantastic in the Law and Order episode where he was banging his on screen mom, played by Margot Kidder I believe.
 
2012-12-10 01:08:19 PM
Leo DeCaprio - THE DEPARTED
 
2012-12-10 01:12:51 PM
No Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk empire? really?

/ya, ya Reservoir dogs and all that but still
 
2012-12-10 01:12:53 PM
latimesherocomplex.files.wordpress.com

What, no love for Brody?
 
2012-12-10 01:13:22 PM
I have nothing in particular to add other than one little annoyance with the article. This part (referring to Wilford Brimley) in particular:

"When he played one of the men who turn into a monster in John Carpenter's The Thing, he even shaved off his signature walrus mustache, presumably in the hope that he wouldn't look too avuncular while killing off his co-stars and threatening to bring about the extinction of the human race."

He wasn't threatening to bring about the extinction of the human race. He was attempting to prevent the extinction of the human race by letting the creature get away from the base. Kind of a difference there.

/Why yes, I am anal, what made you ask?
 
2012-12-10 01:15:27 PM

FishyFred: Nobody from Drive belongs on that list. Nobody.


Agreed. He played a weasely greedy fat ass. Yeah, not exactly badass. For a more contemporary list I would include Michael Cera for Scott Pilgrim, Noomi Rapace for the girl with the dragon tattoo, and jessie eisenburg for zombie land. Those are off the top of my head.
 
2012-12-10 01:16:26 PM

Mr. Holmes: What, no love for Brody?


Ummm...no. He looked ridiculous in that incredibly shiatty movie.
 
2012-12-10 01:18:37 PM
Denzel Washington in Man on Fire makes as much sense on that list as their choice of Taken
 
2012-12-10 01:22:24 PM

FlashHarry: [reelreviewsradio.com image 480x160]

you seem to have forgotten somebody.


THIS! THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS!
 
2012-12-10 01:24:28 PM
I think the thing that I like most about Henry Fonda in "Once Upon A Time In the West" is that he looks like he's enjoying every minute of playing the villain.
 
2012-12-10 01:24:53 PM
speaking of Denzel

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Sure, he's played tough characters before, but never anyone as ruthless as Alonzo Harris.
 
2012-12-10 01:25:36 PM
Brooks played a greedy fat-ass who was responsible for two on-screen murders. So I think it fits and was out of character.
 
2012-12-10 01:26:45 PM
i would make honorable mention for guy pearce in lockout
 
2012-12-10 01:30:46 PM

Snapper Carr: speaking of Denzel

[img853.imageshack.us image 531x800]

Sure, he's played tough characters before, but never anyone as ruthless as Alonzo Harris.


Yeah, Training Day is a far better Denzel choice than Man on Fire.

spenn_diesel: i would make honorable mention for guy pearce in lockout


Nobody should be talking about Lockout. What a shiatfest.
 
2012-12-10 01:31:12 PM
I'd also mention Michael Caine in "Mona Lisa".
 
2012-12-10 01:32:15 PM
And John Goodman in "Barton Fink" (spoiler?)
 
2012-12-10 01:33:56 PM

CarnySaur: I'd also mention Michael Caine in "Mona Lisa".


Get Carter (1971)

See it. If you've seen it, see it again.
 
2012-12-10 01:34:15 PM

Incorrigible Astronaut: spenn_diesel: i would make honorable mention for guy pearce in lockout

Nobody should be talking about Lockout. What a shiatfest.


me and the gf liked it. It was made just as a spoof of the genre really, so I can understand not liking it too. But Guy Pearce has been a badass for awhile now. I can't remember what the movie was...
 
2012-12-10 01:36:26 PM
Rodney Dangerfield in Natural Born Killers deserves to be on that list.

/no respect
 
2012-12-10 01:36:30 PM
That's odd. I thought "Jon Lovitz will kick your ass" would've referred to what he did to Andy Dick.
 
2012-12-10 01:40:05 PM
WIlfred Brimley in "The Firm" scared the living crap out of me. But then I saw him in "In and Out" and thought his character was the greatest thing since Kevin Kline played someone impersonating the president.
 
2012-12-10 01:42:05 PM
2. Angela Lansbury, The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

My favorite quote from the movie:
Mrs. Iselin: I know you will never entirely comprehend this, Raymond, but you must believe I did not know it would be you. I served them. I fought for them. I'm on the point of winning for them the greatest foothold they would ever have in this country. And they paid me back by taking your soul away from you. I told them to build me an assassin. I wanted a killer from a world filled with killers and they chose you because they thought it would bind me closer to them.
[Puts her hands on Raymond's face]
Mrs. Iselin: But now, we have come almost to the end. One last step. And then when I take power, they will be pulled down and ground into dirt for what they did to you. And what they did in so contemptuously underestimating me.


I love this part in the movie, this pivotal moment. You realize the commies have really REALLY farked up bad with their plans. Even if they win, their agent is going to use her power to royally fark them with America's power for what they did. They destroyed her son, and are about to give her the nuclear launch codes. Whoever thought out this plan really needs to be fired. 

Also missing from the list: 
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-10 01:42:11 PM

chibimateo: That's odd. I thought "Jon Lovitz will kick your ass" would've referred to what he did to Andy Dick.


That was a terrible performance because Dick didn't end up in a coma
 
2012-12-10 01:43:09 PM
Also Heath Ledger as the Joker. Complete pretty boy up to that point, Knight's Tale included.
 
2012-12-10 01:46:34 PM

thecpt: Incorrigible Astronaut: spenn_diesel: i would make honorable mention for guy pearce in lockout

Nobody should be talking about Lockout. What a shiatfest.

me and the gf liked it. It was made just as a spoof of the genre really, so I can understand not liking it too. But Guy Pearce has been a badass for awhile now. I can't remember what the movie was...


it's not going to win any awards or anything, but it was a good "park your brain" movie. also, i'm a fan of luc besson and guy pearce, so good or bad, i was gonna watch it

/the cgi on the chase scene did suck
 
2012-12-10 01:48:10 PM

thecpt: Also Heath Ledger as the Joker. Complete pretty boy up to that point, Knight's Tale included.


this too.

but, for me, ben kingsley's don logan from sexy beast is the most terrifying screen villain of all time. he is the anti-gandhi.
 
2012-12-10 01:49:49 PM

FlashHarry: thecpt: Also Heath Ledger as the Joker. Complete pretty boy up to that point, Knight's Tale included.

this too.

but, for me, ben kingsley's don logan from sexy beast is the most terrifying screen villain of all time. he is the anti-gandhi.


haven't seen sexy beast, but i loved kingsley in suspect zero
 
2012-12-10 01:51:14 PM

Snapper Carr: speaking of Denzel

[img853.imageshack.us image 531x800]

Sure, he's played tough characters before, but never anyone as ruthless as Alonzo Harris.


cobb.typepad.com

Motherfarker kills everybody.
 
2012-12-10 01:51:37 PM

spenn_diesel: the cgi on the chase scene did suck


Yeah. And the Fall sequence kind of sucked too. But the hour and a half of one liners was totally worth it. What do ya know, Maggie Grace is playing a spoiled girl and a powerful person's daughter. That's like an entirely new role for her
 
2012-12-10 01:53:41 PM

CarnySaur: And John Goodman in "Barton Fink" (spoiler?)



Not a spoiler since the movie has been out for years, but it's definitely a worthy addition to the list.
 
2012-12-10 01:58:42 PM
11. Liam Neeson, Taken (2008)

What, did the writer forget about Saraphin Falls, Darkman, and Star Wars? Hell, Darkman alone...
 
2012-12-10 01:58:55 PM
Judi Dench in Skyfall.
 
2012-12-10 01:59:08 PM

thecpt: FishyFred: Nobody from Drive belongs on that list. Nobody.

Agreed. He played a weasely greedy fat ass. Yeah, not exactly badass. For a more contemporary list I would include Michael Cera for Scott Pilgrim, Noomi Rapace for the girl with the dragon tattoo, and jessie eisenburg for zombie land. Those are off the top of my head.


Michael Cera wasn't a bad ass in Pilgrim. You'd be better off with "Youth in Revolt" for badass Cera.
 
2012-12-10 02:01:08 PM
www.screenspy.com

Actually I have no idea what characters this guy normally plays, but he doesn't seem like the badass type.
 
2012-12-10 02:03:29 PM

FlashHarry: thecpt: Also Heath Ledger as the Joker. Complete pretty boy up to that point, Knight's Tale included.

this too.

but, for me, ben kingsley's don logan from sexy beast is the most terrifying screen villain of all time. he is the anti-gandhi.


So much FARKING this!! I couldn't sleep the night after I watched that. He frightened the pants off me...
 
2012-12-10 02:05:19 PM

Darwins Point-ed Stick: FlashHarry: thecpt: Also Heath Ledger as the Joker. Complete pretty boy up to that point, Knight's Tale included.

this too.

but, for me, ben kingsley's don logan from sexy beast is the most terrifying screen villain of all time. he is the anti-gandhi.

So much FARKING this!! I couldn't sleep the night after I watched that. He frightened the pants off me...


I knew Kingsley had it in him, he was a pretty decent bad guy in Sneakers, just not terrifyingly or violently so.
 
2012-12-10 02:05:47 PM

Darwins Point-ed Stick: Michael Cera wasn't a bad ass in Pilgrim. You'd be better off with "Youth in Revolt" for badass Cera.


I disagree. He did play an absolute biatch, but he was the best fighter in Ontario at the end. He did last 3 minutes in a fight with a guy who blasted a hole in the moon, and he even died just to come back and kick ass.
 
2012-12-10 02:06:57 PM

thecpt: spenn_diesel: the cgi on the chase scene did suck

Yeah. And the Fall sequence kind of sucked too. But the hour and a half of one liners was totally worth it. What do ya know, Maggie Grace is playing a spoiled girl and a powerful person's daughter. That's like an entirely new role for her


nobody smokes anymore, snow...
 
2012-12-10 02:08:44 PM

thecpt: spenn_diesel: the cgi on the chase scene did suck

Yeah. And the Fall sequence kind of sucked too. But the hour and a half of one liners was totally worth it. What do ya know, Maggie Grace is playing a spoiled girl and a powerful person's daughter. That's like an entirely new role for her


spenn_diesel: thecpt: Incorrigible Astronaut: spenn_diesel: i would make honorable mention for guy pearce in lockout

Nobody should be talking about Lockout. What a shiatfest.

me and the gf liked it. It was made just as a spoof of the genre really, so I can understand not liking it too. But Guy Pearce has been a badass for awhile now. I can't remember what the movie was...

it's not going to win any awards or anything, but it was a good "park your brain" movie. also, i'm a fan of luc besson and guy pearce, so good or bad, i was gonna watch it

/the cgi on the chase scene did suck


Both of these...

I was bored, saw Netflix had it. Decided to put it on for background noise, ended up watching it twice.

YMMV
 
2012-12-10 02:10:11 PM

Marty Devoid: Rodney Dangerfield in Natural Born Killers deserves to be on that list.

/no respect


I gota go with this...
 
2012-12-10 02:15:34 PM
Hmmm. Let's go with:
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-10 02:16:54 PM

thecpt: Darwins Point-ed Stick: Michael Cera wasn't a bad ass in Pilgrim. You'd be better off with "Youth in Revolt" for badass Cera.

I disagree. He did play an absolute biatch, but he was the best fighter in Ontario at the end. He did last 3 minutes in a fight with a guy who blasted a hole in the moon, and he even died just to come back and kick ass.


I think I may have a different idea of badass from you. Don't get me wrong, love me some Scott Pilgrim. The fight scenes were awesome but "badass" didn't spring to mind for me. Aside from those, the scenes with dialogue just reminded me of classic Cera playing to type.

However in "Youth" when he plays that quasi-French sociopathic chain-smoking douchebag alter-ego I was pleasantly surprised. For me that was playing against type, at least as far as the spirit of the article goes. (actors against type).
 
2012-12-10 02:27:36 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Hmmm. Let's go with:
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Good call with Bester
 
2012-12-10 02:28:54 PM

The sound of one hand clapping: I have nothing in particular to add other than one little annoyance with the article. This part (referring to Wilford Brimley) in particular:

"When he played one of the men who turn into a monster in John Carpenter's The Thing, he even shaved off his signature walrus mustache, presumably in the hope that he wouldn't look too avuncular while killing off his co-stars and threatening to bring about the extinction of the human race."

He wasn't threatening to bring about the extinction of the human race. He was attempting to prevent the extinction of the human race by letting the creature get away from the base. Kind of a difference there.

/Why yes, I am anal, what made you ask?



Blair's assimilation was most likely already underway by the time he destroyed the radio and sabotaged the transports. That would allow plenty of time for everyone else to either be assimilated or killed, then the Thing could go in to deep freeze and wait for a rescue team to show up and take it back to the world with no way for anyone to either contact the outside world or get away before it was done with the outpost.
 
2012-12-10 02:29:35 PM

Darwins Point-ed Stick: I think I may have a different idea of badass from you.


That's probably it. I think I'm just going off of pure amount of badassness, and I haven't seen youth in revolt from beginning to end. I admit I need to watch it. I saw the Eugen Levy scene which instantaneously convinced me that the movie was worth while.
 
2012-12-10 02:35:51 PM

Bathia_Mapes: CarnySaur: And John Goodman in "Barton Fink" (spoiler?)


Not a spoiler since the movie has been out for years, but it's definitely a worthy addition to the list.


I disagree. John Goodman has played bad guys and tough guys too often to be considered 'decidedly non-badass'.
 
2012-12-10 02:44:26 PM
Robin Williams, One Hour Photo

THIS

He totally owns the part and the counter casting is just inspired. Your brain sees nice, cuddly Robin Williams, but he's crazy psycho guy.

Bermuda59: Judi Dench in Skyfall.


No, Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal.
 
2012-12-10 02:46:53 PM
How about Paul Giamatti in Shoot 'em Up?
 
2012-12-10 02:48:15 PM

Subdue their bellies: How about Paul Giamatti in Shoot 'em Up?


This.
 
2012-12-10 02:48:59 PM

Snapper Carr: speaking of Denzel

[img853.imageshack.us image 531x800]

Sure, he's played tough characters before, but never anyone as ruthless as Alonzo Harris.


I'm still irritated that he won the Best Actor award so the Academy could pat itself on the back for giving both nods to African-American actors (Halle Berry).

Look, it was a damn good film. But there's nothing in that performance warranting the award.
 
2012-12-10 02:50:35 PM
Oh, and while we're talking about soft/wussy actors acting bad ass:
fc01.deviantart.net
 
2012-12-10 02:51:31 PM

spenn_diesel: thecpt: spenn_diesel: the cgi on the chase scene did suck

Yeah. And the Fall sequence kind of sucked too. But the hour and a half of one liners was totally worth it. What do ya know, Maggie Grace is playing a spoiled girl and a powerful person's daughter. That's like an entirely new role for her

nobody smokes anymore, snow...


The line that cracked me up hardest was "You're adopted"
 
2012-12-10 02:51:44 PM

Satanic_Hamster: 11. Liam Neeson, Taken (2008)

What, did the writer forget about Saraphin Falls, Darkman, and Star Wars? Hell, Darkman alone...


Also Rob Roy.
 
2012-12-10 02:53:41 PM
Was Neil Patrick Harris badass in Starship Troopers?
 
2012-12-10 02:53:55 PM

Satanic_Hamster: 11. Liam Neeson, Taken (2008)

What, did the writer forget about Saraphin Falls, Darkman, and Star Wars? Hell, Darkman alone...


and Rob Roy.

/my hand hurts
//no, not from that
 
2012-12-10 02:57:10 PM
Agent Coulson would laugh at the list, but he's pretending to be dead for a couple of years.
 
2012-12-10 03:06:05 PM

Fano: Was Neil Patrick Harris badass in Starship Troopers?


No.
 
2012-12-10 03:06:30 PM
Bryan Cranston was a great call. He's about as far from his "Malcolm in the Middle" character as it gets. Not only that, but he plays Walter White just SO perfectly.

/waiting to see how Hank takes him down is just killing me
//No one should root for WW at this point- he's just evil now
 
2012-12-10 03:14:01 PM
Would Hugo Weaving be considered badass?

Matrix-Hugo, not LOTR-Hugo.


And not Victor-Hugo.
 
2012-12-10 03:15:34 PM

Pandora's Litterbox: CarnySaur: I'd also mention Michael Caine in "Mona Lisa".

Get Carter (1971)

See it. If you've seen it, see it again.


If you want to see a movie in which Michael Caine is a bonofide bad-ass, Charles Bronson style, then you need to see

i406.photobucket.com

"You failed to maintain your weapon, sir."
 
2012-12-10 03:18:30 PM

SuperChuck: Satanic_Hamster: 11. Liam Neeson, Taken (2008)

What, did the writer forget about Saraphin Falls, Darkman, and Star Wars? Hell, Darkman alone...

Also Rob Roy.


TheLopper: Satanic_Hamster: 11. Liam Neeson, Taken (2008)

What, did the writer forget about Saraphin Falls, Darkman, and Star Wars? Hell, Darkman alone...

and Rob Roy.

/my hand hurts
//no, not from that


Everyone forgets Rob Roy. Very overlooked movie.
 
2012-12-10 03:27:19 PM

Satanic_Hamster: SuperChuck: Satanic_Hamster: 11. Liam Neeson, Taken (2008)

What, did the writer forget about Saraphin Falls, Darkman, and Star Wars? Hell, Darkman alone...

Also Rob Roy.

TheLopper: Satanic_Hamster: 11. Liam Neeson, Taken (2008)

What, did the writer forget about Saraphin Falls, Darkman, and Star Wars? Hell, Darkman alone...

and Rob Roy.

/my hand hurts
//no, not from that

Everyone forgets Rob Roy. Very overlooked movie.


One of the most realistic sword duels ever fought.
 
2012-12-10 03:30:21 PM

FlashHarry: [reelreviewsradio.com image 480x160]

you seem to have forgotten somebody.


Good one. Also:

scrapetv.com


/hotlink
 
2012-12-10 03:35:00 PM
One more:

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-10 03:35:59 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-10 03:43:17 PM
blastr.com
 
2012-12-10 03:45:44 PM

Fano: Was Neil Patrick Harris badass in Starship Troopers?


Only satirically and that kind of failed, too.
 
2012-12-10 03:48:38 PM

Lord Jubjub: Fano: Was Neil Patrick Harris badass in Starship Troopers?

Only satirically and that kind of failed, too.


He was more "openly flaming" then "badass."
 
2012-12-10 03:51:25 PM

spenn_diesel: haven't seen sexy beast, but i loved kingsley in suspect zero


do yourself a favor. not only is BK insanely evil in it, it's also a pretty great gangster flick. bonus: ian mcshane is in it too.
 
2012-12-10 03:51:57 PM

El Morro: Bryan Cranston was a great call. He's about as far from his "Malcolm in the Middle" character as it gets. Not only that, but he plays Walter White just SO perfectly.

/waiting to see how Hank takes him down is just killing me
//No one should root for WW at this point- he's just evil now


I'm still rooting for him. He's one of the best villains in all of fiction.
 
2012-12-10 04:09:30 PM

stevetherobot: Bathia_Mapes: CarnySaur: And John Goodman in "Barton Fink" (spoiler?)


Not a spoiler since the movie has been out for years, but it's definitely a worthy addition to the list.

I disagree. John Goodman has played bad guys and tough guys too often to be considered 'decidedly non-badass'.


I guess there's run-of-the-mill badass and downright scary, and I don't think he's been more terrifying than in Barton Fink.
 
2012-12-10 04:21:35 PM

CarnySaur: stevetherobot: Bathia_Mapes: CarnySaur: And John Goodman in "Barton Fink" (spoiler?)


Not a spoiler since the movie has been out for years, but it's definitely a worthy addition to the list.

I disagree. John Goodman has played bad guys and tough guys too often to be considered 'decidedly non-badass'.

I guess there's run-of-the-mill badass and downright scary, and I don't think he's been more terrifying than in Barton Fink.


I think he was more badass in the Big Labowski.
 
2012-12-10 04:25:51 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Lord Jubjub: Fano: Was Neil Patrick Harris badass in Starship Troopers?

Only satirically and that kind of failed, too.

He was more "openly flaming" then "badass."


you're just... AFRAID!

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-12-10 04:37:37 PM

therecksays: Satanic_Hamster: Hmmm. Let's go with:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 432x243]

Good call with Bester



Definitely. I still remember my shock when he first popped into the scene, and then basically chewed the whole thing to pieces.
 
2012-12-10 04:42:59 PM

CarnySaur: stevetherobot: Bathia_Mapes: CarnySaur: And John Goodman in "Barton Fink" (spoiler?)


Not a spoiler since the movie has been out for years, but it's definitely a worthy addition to the list.

I disagree. John Goodman has played bad guys and tough guys too often to be considered 'decidedly non-badass'.

I guess there's run-of-the-mill badass and downright scary, and I don't think he's been more terrifying than in Barton Fink.


I concur. 
 
2012-12-10 04:43:07 PM

cherryl taggart: therecksays: Satanic_Hamster: Hmmm. Let's go with:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 432x243]

Good call with Bester


Definitely. I still remember my shock when he first popped into the scene, and then basically chewed the whole thing to pieces.


He came across as such a diabolically creepy bastard.
 
2012-12-10 04:53:44 PM
No Michael C. Hall? Shame.

Surprisingly, Fred MacMurray has twice pulled off the badass role: "The Apartment" and "The Caine Mutiny" (or was he just an evil asshole?)

And if were aren't going chronological, add Garrett Dillahunt (twice) and Kristen Bell on their "Deadwood" roles.
 
2012-12-10 05:07:43 PM

The_Sponge: "Casino" is my all-time favorite movie, and Don Rickles is one of my favorite stand-up comics, but IMHO, he does not belong on the list.


Rickles is great. An alum of my high school.

" So there you are, tubby. Look like a bucket of lard on a bad day. You baby gorilla. Why don't you work in a zoo, and stop bothering people? Got a call yesterday from Baskin Robbins. They said that they're down to only five flavors. You're swelling up as I talk to you. " - Dirty Work
 
2012-12-10 05:11:45 PM

Sybarite: Yeah, Brooks was really good as a brutal character in Drive.


He was really good in that.

And as poor as I thought the season was, over all, John Lithgow was excellent and creepy as a serial killer on Dexter.
 
2012-12-10 05:12:08 PM

LemSkroob: - Dirty Work


Duh. ALLAHMACKALACKA and everybody's sucking sand?
 
2012-12-10 05:13:27 PM

Mugato: No Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects?


Really? (looks at site) OH DEAR GOD~! JOHN FARKIN' LOVITZ IS MORE BADASS THAN KEVIN FARKIN' SPACEY?!

The Author of this piece needs to be stripped naked, tied to a chair and have his toes smashed by a ball pein hammer, one by one.

/not obscure
 
2012-12-10 05:14:44 PM
Steve Martin in The Spanish Prisoner?
 
2012-12-10 05:28:17 PM
Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goth in Schindler's List.
 
2012-12-10 05:35:15 PM

Incorrigible Astronaut: Snapper Carr: speaking of Denzel

[img853.imageshack.us image 531x800]

Sure, he's played tough characters before, but never anyone as ruthless as Alonzo Harris.

Yeah, Training Day is a far better Denzel choice than Man on Fire.

spenn_diesel: i would make honorable mention for guy pearce in lockout

Nobody should be talking about Lockout. What a shiatfest.


i thought this list was about actors who don't play badasses all of a sudden playing a badass.

guy pearce:

ecx.images-amazon.com

www.anomalousmaterial.com 

/ that's just to name a few... so, I don't think it's a surprise to see guy pearce in a badass role.
 
2012-12-10 05:40:32 PM

Strongbeerrules: Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goth in Schindler's List.


images.thevine.com.au 

/ i'd nominate this as ralph fiennes' breakout badass performance
// plus, i think he directed it
 
2012-12-10 05:42:44 PM
The lists biggest problem is it does not start with the prototype. The actor who was type cast as the sweet bumbling kid until he was cast as a murderer just for that reason.

www.librarising.com 

Its part of what made Psycho so effective. No could believe Anthony Perkins of all people could do that.
 
2012-12-10 05:50:18 PM
Everyone knows the most badass Wilford Brimley is Hard Target Wilford Brimley.
i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-10 05:53:27 PM
www.film.com
 
2012-12-10 05:55:46 PM

pute kisses like a man: Incorrigible Astronaut: Snapper Carr: speaking of Denzel

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Sure, he's played tough characters before, but never anyone as ruthless as Alonzo Harris.

Yeah, Training Day is a far better Denzel choice than Man on Fire.

spenn_diesel: i would make honorable mention for guy pearce in lockout

Nobody should be talking about Lockout. What a shiatfest.

i thought this list was about actors who don't play badasses all of a sudden playing a badass.

guy pearce:

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/ that's just to name a few... so, I don't think it's a surprise to see guy pearce in a badass role.


i will admit to having forgotten about the proposition, but i don't really look at edmund exley as a "badass" per se. cut throat and career minded, sure, but not exactly someone that i woulnd't think i could take in a fight.

FlashHarry: spenn_diesel: haven't seen sexy beast, but i loved kingsley in suspect zero

do yourself a favor. not only is BK insanely evil in it, it's also a pretty great gangster flick. bonus: ian mcshane is in it too.


i will definitely be correcting this oversight on my part very soon
 
2012-12-10 06:04:16 PM

spenn_diesel: pute kisses like a man: Incorrigible Astronaut: Snapper Carr: speaking of Denzel

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Sure, he's played tough characters before, but never anyone as ruthless as Alonzo Harris.

Yeah, Training Day is a far better Denzel choice than Man on Fire.

spenn_diesel: i would make honorable mention for guy pearce in lockout

Nobody should be talking about Lockout. What a shiatfest.

i thought this list was about actors who don't play badasses all of a sudden playing a badass.

guy pearce:

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/ that's just to name a few... so, I don't think it's a surprise to see guy pearce in a badass role.

i will admit to having forgotten about the proposition, but i don't really look at edmund exley as a "badass" per se. cut throat and career minded, sure, but not exactly someone that i woulnd't think i could take in a fight.

FlashHarry: spenn_diesel: haven't seen sexy beast, but i loved kingsley in suspect zero

do yourself a favor. not only is BK insanely evil in it, it's also a pretty great gangster flick. bonus: ian mcshane is in it too.

i will definitely be correcting this oversight on my part very soon


You won't regret it. Every time he's onscreen, you're afraid to breath, let alone move, because your mind believes he could turn on you next...
 
2012-12-10 06:04:18 PM

spenn_diesel: but i don't really look at edmund exley as a "badass" per se. cut throat and career minded, sure, but not exactly someone that i woulnd't think i could take in a fight.


granted, not originally much of a badass, but later you realize he's also prepared to take a stand against an entrenched corruption within the police force, and he was able to take out a dozen or so cop-assassins coming to kill him with just one other guy. maybe not hardcore badass, but certainly resilient and capable. and stubborn/principled enough not to be pushed over by the most dangerous of all corruption rackets.
 
2012-12-10 06:11:24 PM

pute kisses like a man: spenn_diesel: but i don't really look at edmund exley as a "badass" per se. cut throat and career minded, sure, but not exactly someone that i woulnd't think i could take in a fight.

granted, not originally much of a badass, but later you realize he's also prepared to take a stand against an entrenched corruption within the police force, and he was able to take out a dozen or so cop-assassins coming to kill him with just one other guy. maybe not hardcore badass, but certainly resilient and capable. and stubborn/principled enough not to be pushed over by the most dangerous of all corruption rackets.


And take off those damn glasses.

/I think I may watch LA Confidential again tonight
 
2012-12-10 06:15:37 PM
Jim Carrey in The Number 23 ?

/crappy movie, I know.......but still
 
2012-12-10 06:19:07 PM

mooseyfate: pute kisses like a man: spenn_diesel: but i don't really look at edmund exley as a "badass" per se. cut throat and career minded, sure, but not exactly someone that i woulnd't think i could take in a fight.

granted, not originally much of a badass, but later you realize he's also prepared to take a stand against an entrenched corruption within the police force, and he was able to take out a dozen or so cop-assassins coming to kill him with just one other guy. maybe not hardcore badass, but certainly resilient and capable. and stubborn/principled enough not to be pushed over by the most dangerous of all corruption rackets.

And take off those damn glasses.

/I think I may watch LA Confidential again tonight


at first i was like, how the hell did you know i was wearing glasses?

... then i remembered the movie we were talking about...

/ i bet everyone on fark wears glasses...
 
2012-12-10 06:22:47 PM

orclover: 2. Angela Lansbury, The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

My favorite quote from the movie:
Mrs. Iselin: I know you will never entirely comprehend this, Raymond, but you must believe I did not know it would be you. I served them. I fought for them. I'm on the point of winning for them the greatest foothold they would ever have in this country. And they paid me back by taking your soul away from you. I told them to build me an assassin. I wanted a killer from a world filled with killers and they chose you because they thought it would bind me closer to them.
[Puts her hands on Raymond's face]
Mrs. Iselin: But now, we have come almost to the end. One last step. And then when I take power, they will be pulled down and ground into dirt for what they did to you. And what they did in so contemptuously underestimating me.

I love this part in the movie, this pivotal moment. You realize the commies have really REALLY farked up bad with their plans. Even if they win, their agent is going to use her power to royally fark them with America's power for what they did. They destroyed her son, and are about to give her the nuclear launch codes. Whoever thought out this plan really needs to be fired. 

Also missing from the list: 
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Lansbury was great in Manchurian Candidate, but that movie is a surprise only if you come to her by way of Disney and Murder She Wrote. She had been building up to that role for the better part of two decades. Lansbury played the biatchy, older sister in National Velvet. She's a hard-hearted tart who's complicit in gas-lighting Ingrid Bergman in Gas Light. She isn't exactly a bad girl in Dorian Gray, but she has a coarse toughness from her hard-scrabble background that makes it more heart-breaking when Dorian decides to break her on a whim and a dare. She's a tough saloon whore in Harvey Girl's who's all for burning down the Harvey dorms and killing her rivals. She even get a punch in on Judy Garland. Really, it's not until the '60s that Lansbury begins to play gentlewomen.
 
2012-12-10 06:48:17 PM

Dwight_Yeast: Sybarite: Yeah, Brooks was really good as a brutal character in Drive.

He was really good in that.

And as poor as I thought the season was, over all, John Lithgow was excellent and creepy as a serial killer on Dexter.


Except Lithgow's been playing creepy bad guys forever.
 
2012-12-10 06:51:34 PM
John Travolta as Vince in Pulp Fiction.
 
2012-12-10 07:02:42 PM
Ellen Page in "Hard Candy"
 
2012-12-10 07:13:45 PM
What about Bill Murray as a loan shark in Mad Dog and Glory? He beats the crap out of a nebbish, similarly against-type Robert De Niro.
 
2012-12-10 07:17:17 PM

FishyFred: Nobody from Drive belongs on that list. Nobody.


If you don't think Gosling's character is a badass in that I have to question your definition of the term.

Hell, even his CAR is a badass. It viciously rams Perlman's sedan multiple times and doesn't suffer so much as a broken headlight.
 
2012-12-10 07:18:52 PM

broncoitis: Ellen Page in "Hard Candy"


Gah! *crosses legs*


Richard Roma: What about Bill Murray as a loan shark in Mad Dog and Glory? He beats the crap out of a nebbish, similarly against-type Robert De Niro.


Didn't notice there was a second page, eh?
 
2012-12-10 07:27:36 PM
13. Elijah Wood, Sin City

I'll agree with this one. Just that bit with him sitting there with a sweet smile on his lips after he'd had his arms and legs cut off gave me chills
 
2012-12-10 07:28:47 PM
Cate Blanchett in "Crystal Skull"?
 
2012-12-10 07:34:42 PM
Wilford Brimley, The Firm (1993)

If the climax of the film involves a Scientologist midget beating you unconscious with his purse briefcase, you are not a badass.
 
2012-12-10 07:51:20 PM
Mo'Nique in "Precious."
 
2012-12-10 07:55:25 PM
Travolta - Pulp Fiction

Anthony Perkins - Psycho

Edward Norton - American History X

George Clooney - From Dusk til Dawn
 
2012-12-10 08:06:37 PM

broncoitis: Ellen Page in "Hard Candy"


broncoitis: Ellen Page in "Hard Candy"


broncoitis: Ellen Page in "Hard Candy"


This should pretty much be the gold standard for this list.
 
2012-12-10 08:22:58 PM

Oldiron_79: John Travolta as Vince in Pulp Fiction.


I've come to the conclusion that I just can't stand John Travolta. I don't know if it's his face, if it's his delivery, or if I just hate him for the fark of it. I always hear people talk about how awesome he was in Pulp Fiction and I just...I guess it's lost on me or I'm not giving him a fair shake, because he is the single weakest part of that excellent movie. In my opinion anyways. Every time he opens his mouth, I roll my eyes. But anyways, whoever put Ellen Page up above is dead on. The ideal "unlikely badass". And while not particularly badass in her own right, I'd put Patricia Arquette in the honorable mentions for her fight with Gandolfini in True Romance.
 
2012-12-10 08:44:00 PM
I always think of Kevin Spacey as being pretty badass, but Usual Suspects was above the grade even for him.

You may think I'm really looking forward to seeing him as Francis Urquhart in the American version of House of Cards on Netflix....
 
2012-12-10 08:44:19 PM
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and to a lesser extent:

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2012-12-10 09:10:13 PM

you have pee hands: Actually I have no idea what characters this guy normally plays, but he doesn't seem like the badass type.


That would be Andrew Scott.
 
2012-12-10 09:11:07 PM

El Morro: Bryan Cranston was a great call. He's about as far from his "Malcolm in the Middle" character as it gets. Not only that, but he plays Walter White just SO perfectly.


His character on Seinfeld always seemed a little evil to me. (Probably because he converted to Judaism just for the jokes.)
 
2012-12-10 09:29:50 PM
OtherLittleGuy: No Michael C. Hall? Shame.

Here ya go:

Six Feet Under
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Dexter
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2012-12-10 09:37:14 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Hmmm. Let's go with:
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Not a villain-style badass, but you can't possibly mention unexpected badass actors from B5 without this scene:

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That whole scene, all I could think was "God DAMN, Flounder grew a pair as big as boats!"
 
2012-12-10 10:12:40 PM

Last Man on Earth: Satanic_Hamster: Hmmm. Let's go with:
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Not a villain-style badass, but you can't possibly mention unexpected badass actors from B5 without this scene:

Link

That whole scene, all I could think was "God DAMN, Flounder grew a pair as big as boats!"


Bah.

Link
 
2012-12-10 10:41:03 PM
Michael Palin as Jack Lint.
 
2012-12-11 12:26:53 AM

weiner dog: Michael Palin as Jack Lint.


This should be placed at the top of the list, and all others deleted.
 
2012-12-11 01:05:50 AM
Disappointed Heath Ledger was left off the list for the Joker.

Wilford Brimley a surprise badass? Watch his scene in Absence of Malice, where he dominates everyone in the room (and damn near steals the movie).

A couple of faves of mine from Walter Matthau: as the coldly logical Groeteschele in Fail-Safe, and as the title character in Charley Varrick, where after a bank robbery he proceeds to set up just about everyone so he can get away.

And thinking about the characters he usually plays, Alan Arkin as Roat in Wait Until Dark was more than a little disturbing.

And I saw that someone put up a picture of Josh Hartnett from Lucky Number Slevin.
 
2012-12-11 01:14:38 AM

LonMead: A couple of faves of mine from Walter Matthau: as the coldly logical Groeteschele in Fail-Safe, and as the title character in Charley Varrick, where after a bank robbery he proceeds to set up just about everyone so he can get away.


Don't forget his turn in Charade (AKA the best Hitchcock movie Hitch never made).
 
2012-12-11 01:27:35 AM

Dwight_Yeast: LonMead: A couple of faves of mine from Walter Matthau: as the coldly logical Groeteschele in Fail-Safe, and as the title character in Charley Varrick, where after a bank robbery he proceeds to set up just about everyone so he can get away.

Don't forget his turn in Charade (AKA the best Hitchcock movie Hitch never made).


I'd forgotten that one. Thanks.
 
2012-12-11 04:14:53 AM

pute kisses like a man: / that's just to name a few... so, I don't think it's a surprise to see guy pearce in a badass role.


Depends if you grew up watching him on Neighbours and Home and Away or not, I suppose. His mullet was supeeeeerb.

/Feel the same way about Karl Urban
//or "Jamie the Ambo" as he's called in New Zealand
 
2012-12-12 12:36:14 PM
I'm a bit surprised they left off Geena Davis from "The Long Kiss Goodnight"

Considering she never did anything even CLOSE to badass in anything..

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2012-12-12 11:49:11 PM
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This should be the poster for Bad-Ass Look.
 
2012-12-13 10:08:57 AM

browneye: [cdn1.screenrant.com image 570x300]

This should be the poster for Bad-Ass Look.


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The late Mr. Kubrick says, "It's been done."
 
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