Hans Gruber wouldn’t break onto a listing of all-time nice film villains. Not when the likes of Darth Vader, Hannibal Lecter and Lord Voldemort exist. However you DAMN effectively higher choose Gruber when you’re singling out Alan Rickman’s biggest villainous function, and never the rattling Sheriff of Nottingham, as this Twitter consumer dared to do.
On the one hand, that is a harmless poll meant to generate a dialog on social media. Which of those villains, performed by Heath Ledger, Christoph Waltz, Alan Rickman and Anthony Hopkins would qualify as “one of the best”? It’s completely goal, fully depending on one’s personal opinion. And right here’s mine: You possibly can’t single out Alan Rickman, and never make the selection Hans Gruber, his good villain from the motion traditional Die Exhausting.
Director John McTiernan’s Die Exhausting isn’t Alan Rickman’s first function, but it surely undoubtedly is the one which catapulted him to stardom. Seeing him match wits towards blue-collar New York Cop John McClane (Bruce Willis, again when he actually cared concerning the roles he accepted) was as thrilling as any of the motion set items within the explosive motion traditional. There’s a purpose why this easy verbal interplay tops virtually each main battle scene or motion beat within the entirety of Die Exhausting… although the entire film is flawless, from begin to end.
The opposite selections within the ballot take a look at. Hannibal Lecter has to qualify as Sir Anthony Hopkins’ most iconic villain. Christoph Waltz may need Blofeld from the James Bond franchise to interchange his Inglourious Basterds function, however I’ll permit that alternative. And the late Heath Ledger gained a posthumous Academy Award for enjoying the legendary DC villain The Joker reverse Christian Bale’s Batman in Christopher Nolan’s The Darkish Knight.
So yeah, three-quarters of this ballot nails it. However for the late Alan Rickman, they go together with The Sheriff of Nottingham from Kevin Reynolds’ Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner. Which is… advantageous. However not appropriate. Rickman has so many superb roles from which to decide on. And a few of them are even villainous. I virtually would argue for Severus Snape, although — by the point we attain the top of the Harry Potter sequence — his motivations show to be protecting and never hostile. However till that occurs, Snape cuts a terrifying determine, and scared me greater than the Sheriff of Nottingham.
So, with the alternatives given right here, which of those 4 would you select? And do you agree with me that Hans Gruber belongs within the Alan Rickman slot over the Sheriff? This appears cut-and-dried, but it surely’s Twitter, so guidelines of logic usually don’t apply.