These 10 Actors Are Such Great Villains In Reel Life That You’d Hate Them In Real Life
It is not an easy task to play the onscreen bad guy. But some actors do it with such finesse that they end up earning more accolades than the protagonist. Of course, they are few and far in between – but there are actors who totally nailed their antagonistic roles in reel life. From Josh Brolin’s Thanos in Avengers: Endgame to Jack Gleeson’s Joffrey Baratheon in Game of Thrones – here are 10 actors who played their evil characters so well that we love to hate them!
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Here are ten great villains in reel life whom we love to hate!
1. Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon in Game of Thrones
Can you remember Jack Gleeson as anything else apart from GoT‘s Joffrey? Because we can’t. He played the iconic role with so much malice that it made us forget every other character he ever played on screen.
2. Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter
Could anyone have better portrayed J. K. Rowling’s evil creation Bellatrix for Harry Potter than Helena Bonham Carter? We doubt! She did total justice to the character – and made the world fall in love with her villainy.
3. Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter
As a Death Eater, the head of a wealthy pure-blood wizarding family, and a psychopath, Jason gave several spine-chilling moments for the immensely praiseworthy character. Can you forget the moment when he planted Tom Riddle’s diary in Ginny Weasley’s potions cauldron, in a plot to use her to reopen the Chamber of Secrets, ultimately leading to attacks on muggle students? And that was just the beginning of his never-ending wickedness!
4. Imelda Staunton as Knotgrass in Maleficent
Imelda Staunton’s character Knotgrass in Maleficent might remind you of Umbridge in Harry Potter, but we prefer her evilness as Knotgrass over Umbridge – and that says something!
5. Tobias Menzies as Frank and Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall in Outlander
Outlander, based on author Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling series of novels, has made a mark mainly due to Tobias’ recurring dual roles of Frank Randall, a 20th-century historian, and Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall, his brutal 18th-century ancestor.
6. Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa in Inglorious Bastards
The main antagonist of the 2009 Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Bastards, portrayed by Christoph Waltz, makes us cringe over his wickedness. And that’s why he walked away with several awards, such as the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, and the Best Actor Award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, to name only a few.
7. Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal
Hannibal makes us shiver. No, wait. It is Dr. Hannibal, who makes us tremble with fear in the psychological horror thriller. And none other than Anthony Hopkins must get the credit for it. The creepy serial killer, who returns after the prequel The Silence of the Lambs (1991), is full of violence and cannibalism. And we love him for this utterly dark-image.
8. Iwan Rheon as Ramsey Bolton in Game of Thrones
Are we a bit partial towards the GoT villains? Oh well, we can’t help it! Ramsey Bolton, played by Iwan Rheon, is undoubtedly the cruelest villain that got onto our nerves. Admit it, we all were relieved when he lost a large-scale battle outside Winterfell, got battered by Jon Snow, and then killed by Sansa Stark, who coldly left him to be devoured by his starving hounds!
9. Josh Brolin as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame
Oh well, meet Thanos! The giant intergalactic evil being is every bit dominating and destructive, so much so that Marvel fans definitely couldn’t stop talking about him! Josh Brolin is the man who we hated so much as Thanos, that we actually loved him as Thanos!
10. Jacob Elordi as Nate Jacobs in Euphoria
Yes, we saved our favorite ‘scariest’ villain for the last in the list. There is no denying the fact that Euphoria‘s Nate Jacobs is one of the most terrifying and realistic villains on television. His sociopathic behavior evokes anger and disgust, makes us cringe at the character, and at the same time, gives us food for thought to justify his emotions!