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(Onion AV Club)   Twenty badass performances from decidedly non-badass actors   (avclub.com ) divider line
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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:

Link

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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