Some time ago, I decided that certain actors represented a certain level of, well, creepiness, and were worthy of their own legion (think “Legion of Doom,” Superfriends fans). Two years ago, I posted my original Legion of Creepy Actors in a blog read by approximately zero people, the Pop Culture Gems blog put up by Topaz Partners as a fun training blog to get all Topazers used to blogging. I decided it was time to dust off the list, update it a little, post it here so my mom can read it, and see if anyone has additional suggestions.
The members of the Legion of Creepy Actors are:
John Malkovich— no explanation needed
Alan Rickman–Thin-lipped British representative of all things creepy
Gary Oldman— Even if he hadn’t played Dracula
Peter Weller— Not just Robo-Cop, but in particular, “Naked Lunch,” and even his recent appearances on “Enterprise” and “24”– I mean, that voice…
Willem Dafoe— no explanation needed
Christopher Walken— He’s even creepy on Saturday Night Live (“I pranked him to death with a tire iron”)
Crispin Glover— It takes talent to bring a creepy vibe to “Back to the Future,” and recent roles in “Charlie’s Angels” and “Willard” show he can still bring the creepy.
Eric Roberts— ah yes, the man who brought us “Star 80″ is now slithering his way across the set of NBC’s “Heroes.”
Ralph Fiennes— not satisfied with playing a repugnant Nazi, he is now portraying Voldemort
Jude Law— You can actually interpret a scene in “Existenz” as Willem DaFoe ‘initiating’ Law into the Legion. If you’ve seen the movie you know what I’m talking about.
Christian Bale— American Psycho, the Machinist
Cillian Murphy— His turn in “Batman Begins” alone gets him on the list– and “Red Eye” helped his resume a little
Adjunct members: (I’m kind of on the fence about these):
Steve Buscemi (way too likeable in some movies)
There could also be an ancient league, comprised of old timers such as Eduardo Cianelli, John Carradine, and Peter Lorre, but perhaps that’s a different post.
I may have left some out, and reserve the right to change the list. Feel free to add your nominations.
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