According to USA Today’s article , Harry Potter’s enemy “Lord Voldemort” (Ralph Fiennes) is number one in their list of “The 12 Most Wanted Villains of the Summer”:
1. Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, July 15)
Secret weapon: Supremely dark magical powers, disgusting, noseless face
The man so bad you dare not speak his name tries to kill Harry Potter once and for all. “Harry Potter is a pain in the ass,” says Ralph Fiennes, who relishes the Voldemort role. “It’s not hard to be mean to Harry Potter. He’s so nice.” In terms of bad rankings, you can’t go higher. “He’s sort of the devil, really,” says Fiennes. His terrible face adds to his malevolent mojo and is sure to lead to a lot of frightened moviegoers. Adds Fiennes: “I hope I scare a lot of them.”
Also on the list is Gary Oldman’s evil peacock character “Lord Shen” (#11) from the animated film Kung Fu Panda 2, although Harry Potter fans know the actor better for portraying “Sirius Black”:
…Oldman claims not to know why the public cheers on his menacing side. “I just sort of fell into it,” he says. “I have no idea why people like me as a villain.” Big hint: That treacherously wonderful voice is total awesomeness.In Oldman’s view, effective villainy is all about finding “the redeeming quality” of the characters to make them watchable on-screen. But if there is no tough upbringing to bolster a back story, other films trump up riveting cinematic credentials such as big weapons or Armageddon plans…
Hmm…’tough upbringing’ seems to apply to a certain villian we know and who spooks the #%j* out of us!
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