Thursday, March 5, 2009

Villain of the piece

I'm sure some enterprising PhD student has already done it, but it's always seemed to me that the prevailing nationality and characteristics of villains in Hollywood movies would make an interesting socio-political study.  For a while they were predominantly (if ill-definedly) European, which provided solid work for the likes of Alan Rickman and Stephen Berkoff.  More recently, and probably unsurprisingly, they've tended to be more of a Russian or Middle-Eastern persuasion (though still, in many cases, played by the cream of British character actors). 

Now, though, Mongolia-Web claims to have identified a new trend - the Mongolian villain.  Although, as they rightly point out, the chap in the picture looks rather less Mongolian even than Stephen Seagal.

Oh, and I should just mention that if any enterprising Hollywood producer wants to jump on this bandwagon and is looking for books stacked full of Mongolian villains, well, I can think of just the series...


1. Peter said...

Mongolian, my foot. That guy's form Northampton. It's Alan Moore.
Detectives Beyond Borders
“Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home”

2. Michael+Walters said...

I knew he looked familiar. Judging from the pose, he's just off for a meeting with Zack Snyder...

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