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Good Guy Actors Who Should Be Bad

Good Guy Actors Who Should Be Bad

By Randy Walker

Tom Hanks is a coward. There we said it. We’ve been wanting to say it for a long time, but we never had the nerve before. We wanted to be the nice guy. The good guy. And good guys don’t go around calling people cowards.  Good guys do the right thing. Good guys save the girl. Good guys are role models.

Good guys are boring.

Which is why great actors shouldn’t waste their time playing just good guys. Expand your horizons a little, fellas. Go see what’s on the other side of the pearly white fence. With this thought in mind, we have made a list of “good guy” actors who need to take a walk on the evil side. And guess who’s at the top of the list…

1)   Tom Hanks

Villain he should play: Hannibal Lecter

Yes, Anthony Hopkins was brilliant as Dr. Lecter, no one can argue that. But just imagine if Mr. Gump had the chance to take on the role. The way we imagine it in our head, he would still have that nice guy veneer, which would make it all the more terrifying when you realize what he wants to go with his glass of Chianti.

2)   Morgan Freeman

Villain he should play: Freddy Krueger

Imagine you’re having a lovely dream where you’re floating on a cloud and looking down on the world below. Suddenly, Mr. Morgan Freeman appears, joining you on said cloud. You squeal with delight, “Oh Morgan Freeman is here, what can be better!” And then he opens his mouth, and in that soothing, beautiful voice of his, he tells you “Come to Freddy," and so of course, you do. And that’s when he slashes your belly open with his finger knives. Good luck sleeping now!

3)   Will Smith

Villain he should play: Alex Delarge (Clockwork Orange)

We could tell you why Will Smith would be awesome in the part of the humble narrator Alex. Or, we could share with you this new version of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air we made…

Now this is a story all about how

My life got flipped, turned upside down,

And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there

I’ll you how I changed from a psychotic killer to a teddy bear

Don’t lie, you want to watch this as much as we do.

4)   Bruce Willis

The Villain He Should Play: Cobra Kai Sensei (Bad Guy Leader from Karate Kid)

Bruce Willis was born to play a bully. He has zero tolerance for authority, loves to mock others with his wise cracks, and generally gets a kick out of dispensing punishment to those who annoy him. Classic bully. The only problem is he only seems interested in bullying the bad guys. Well, we are putting a stop to that by casting him as the menacing Cobra Kai Sensei in the newest remake of Karate Kid.  Can you imagine an army of evil karate fighters that are all trained by the pugnacious and belligerent John McClane? That’s a world we don’t want to live in, but we would definitely watch the movie.

5)   John Cusack

Villain He Should Play:  Jack the Ripper

Good Ol’ John Cusack has made a career out of playing lovesick puppies who just want the girl of their dreams to realize that they were meant to be together.

But what if Cusack never got the girl and, in turn, decided to go on a gory rampage, taking his rage out of those who sully the name of love? Namely, London prostitutes of the nineteenth century. That's why we propose: Jack-the-lovesick-Ripper, starring John Cusack!

What good guys do you want to see turn bad?

Tags: movies, tom hanks, action movies, bruce willis, bad guys, good guys

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Randy Walker

Randy Walker is a writer. His mother finds his writing hilarious, his father wonders where he went wrong. Randy recently moved to New Orleans where he now performs standup comedy and improv. He is currently working on several short stories that may or may not include a pirate named Scruffy.

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