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Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, and others bring some iconic film villainy to new life

12.08.2011

So, 'Henry Spencer' from David Lynch's ERASERHEAD was a villain?

As part of her "Touch of Evil" art project for the New York Times, photographer and filmmaker Alex Prager assembled some of the year's top performers and had them choose iconic movie villains to breathe new life into. I still don't get how Henry fits in as a villain, but whatever. Brad Pitt's video short as the big-haired ERASERHEAD character is kind of hilarious.

Included in the project are also George Clooney as 'Captain Bligh' from MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, Ryan Gosling as 'The Invisible Man' (how can we know for sure??), Rooney Mara as A CLOCKWORK ORANGE's 'Alex DeLarge', Gary Oldman as the dummy 'Fats' from the Anthony Hopkins horror flick MAGIC (f*cking YIKES!), Michael Shannon as WALL STREET's 'Gordon Gecko', and many others all representing some form of cinema's great bad guys.

Be sure to check out the video clips of each actor's character RIGHT HERE. And HERE is a handy key in case you need help figuring out who some of these guys are supposed to be.



Extra Tidbit: The actors themselves picked these characters to portray, which explains some of the more glaring absences (or weird inclusions).
Source: New York Times

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8:13AM on 12/09/2011

Sorry but Michael Shannon's was the worst.

BTW great find George! This was uber cool. Glenn close should have picked Cruella De Vil. lol
BTW great find George! This was uber cool. Glenn close should have picked Cruella De Vil. lol
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5:08PM on 12/08/2011
I had to rewatch Rooney Mara, she looked hot. A womans version of A Clockwork maybe?

and Oldmans was creepy as shit man
I had to rewatch Rooney Mara, she looked hot. A womans version of A Clockwork maybe?

and Oldmans was creepy as shit man
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4:03PM on 12/08/2011

I'd kill to see...

Daniel Craig as Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Emma Stone as Carrie
Michael Fassbender as Norman Bates
Tilda Swinton as The Wicked Witch of the West
Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Jack Torrence

and...
Tom Hardy as Bill the Butcher

This was a great idea, I want one of these every year!
Daniel Craig as Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Emma Stone as Carrie
Michael Fassbender as Norman Bates
Tilda Swinton as The Wicked Witch of the West
Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Jack Torrence

and...
Tom Hardy as Bill the Butcher

This was a great idea, I want one of these every year!
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2:02PM on 12/08/2011

I Love Stuff Like This

So awesome
So awesome
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10:39AM on 12/08/2011
Ryan Gosling's video was boss. Gary Oldman was very creepy.
Ryan Gosling's video was boss. Gary Oldman was very creepy.
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9:50AM on 12/08/2011
Mara among some great actors. She's way out of her league.
Mara among some great actors. She's way out of her league.
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8:05AM on 12/08/2011
Rooney Mara's video is awesome.
Rooney Mara's video is awesome.
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6:24AM on 12/08/2011
Oldman's bit is the stuff nightmares are made of. Creepy!
Oldman's bit is the stuff nightmares are made of. Creepy!
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6:13AM on 12/08/2011
Every time Hollywood thinks about remaking something, they should do this instead.
Every time Hollywood thinks about remaking something, they should do this instead.
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5:48AM on 12/08/2011
Beautyful! I love it!!
Beautyful! I love it!!
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