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Aug 15, 2008

And now...a very special episode of New Poll

I'm headed out of town tomorrow for the weekend, so I'm calling the fight early for the latest poll. In what I consider to be a shocking upset victory, Bill Lumbergh is the boss you'd least like to work for. Sure, I can see that - working weekends and having your Swingline taken away is way worse than having a sadomasochist or a notorious ball buster. Priorities!

That said, Office Space is my favorite of the boss' films, so I can kind of understand Lumbergh's winning.

For our next poll, the Nic Cage invasion of Blog Cabins continues. Nic (aka my buddy Alex) and I were talking about movies one day at lunch (every lunch = talk about movies, as if that's a surprise) and Alex probably brought up Sean Bean, seeing as how he has a crush on him (his cubicle is plastered with pictures of Bean from LOTR). From there, we got on the subject of actors that have made great villains over the years. One thing led to another, and then I had pics of Bean all over my cube we figured that the topic would make for a great poll. Since I'm a busy man and he's passionate about his villains, I tasked him with narrowing down the list and providing me beautiful artwork. And thus he has. The choices, with a select few of their villainous roles listed, are below. The poll is up and in the sidebar as usual.

1. Ralph Fiennes - Amon Goeth (Schindler's List), Francis Dolarhyde (Red Dragon), Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter)
2. Clancy Brown - The Kurgen (Highlander), Steve (Shoot to Kill), Brother Justin (Carnivale)
3. Gary Oldman - Drexl Spivey (True Romance) , Stansfield (Leon), Dracula (Bram Stoker's Dracula)
4. Daniel Day-Lewis - Bill "The Butcher" Cutting (Gangs of New York), Daniel Plainview (There Will Be Blood)

5. Vincent D'Onofrio - Edgar (Men In Black), Private Pyle (Full Metal Jacket), Carl Stargher (The Cell)
6. Jason Isaacs - Col. William Tavington (The Patriot), Lucius Malfoy (Harry Potter), Captain Hook (Peter Pan)
7. Sean Bean - Sean Miller (Patriot Games), Alec Trevelyan (Golden Eye), John Ryder (The Hitcher)
8. Tim Curry - The Lord of Darkness (Legend), Pennywise (Stephen King's It), Dr. Frank-N-Furter (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)

Much thanks to Alex for his work on this. And oh yeah...I was joking about the Sean Bean pics in his cube. They're actually of Sam and Frodo.

16 people have chosen wisely: on "And now...a very special episode of New Poll"

Joseph said...

What?! Edgar and Private are the same?

Fletch said...

D'Onofrio is nothing if not a chameleon (though Oldman is probably a better chameleon).

WaywardJam said...

This is a primo list of villains! I will need to deliberate thoroughly before I cast my vote.

Oldman is like our times Man of a Thousand Faces.

Nick said...

Man, it was difficult to choose between Ralph Fiennes and Gary Oldman... but I had to go with Fiennes. He's just so creepy.

Go Voldemort!

Graham said...

I didn't know Isaacs' name, but the fact that he was in The Patriot pretty much prevents him from being taken seriously. Sometimes I wake up in a cold sweat, glad that Chris Cooper being in that disaster was just a bad dream...before I realize it was all true.

Nick said...

The only reason I would have voted for Jason Isaacs' is because he's AWESOME as Lucius Malfoy... and his interviews about the character are hilarious.

David Bishop said...

Am I the only one who sometimes pronounces it Seen Bean? I love that guy.

Doug said...

No Alan Rickman? For shame!

JacksSmirkingRevenge said...

You left out perhaps D'onofrio's greatest villainous turn as Pooh-Bear in The Salton Sea.

Fletch said...

Wayne - Oldman was my choice hands down. As I've told Alex, the role of Drexel alone would warrant my vote - it's just that damn good.

Nick - Voldemort is certainly great, as is Fiennes in a villainous role. I don't recall - did you see In Bruges yet? Evil and effing hilarious, to boot.

Graham - so glad I've never seen The Patriot, especially after your comment.

David - I'd never heard that, but now I will. Seen Bean.

Doug - I know when Alex and I were brainstorming the short list for this poll, Rickman was on there, if that makes you feel any better. I gave Alex discretion to narrow it down to his favorite 8, and I think he made wise choices.

If I had to cut anyone, it would either be Day-Lewis (great or not, his quantity of villainous roles is so low), Brown (just because I imagine a lot of people don't know him), or Isaacs (see Brown).

Or maybe D'Onofrio.

Just kidding, all you Vincent board folks that have put him in the lead. ;) Thanks for stopping by.

Graham said...

I went with Oldman, but I intended to go with Rickman. And then he wasn't an option. Doug FTW.

Nick said...

Fletch: I actually just finally/randomly bought In Bruges last week and watched it. But I wanna give it a second viewing before I give it a review, because it caught me off-guard that first time I watched it (I didn't know what to expect, though it was a lot darker than I thought it was gonna be). I still enjoyed it though, so it'll be a positive review. How positive, well... we'll wait for the review :P .

WaywardJam said...

Oldman's Drexel is in a class all by himself. I still love Curry's It - ultra creepy and his Frank-N-Furter is great, but he didn't make the cut against some of the others listed.

Kyle said...

I voted Daniel Day-Lewis, but Gary Oldman is a great choice. Another of his you can add to the list is The Professional.

Mrs Fletch said...

Other: Alan Rickman.
He's the first person that came to mind!

Doug said...

Mrs. Fletch, you're a very wise woman. Fletch is a lucky man!