British people play bad guys in Hollywood movies all the time. Maybe it's because of the Revolutionary War, or maybe it's because their delightfully condescending delivery makes them so detestable. Even though crumpets are delicious (go ahead, try one!), it seems that Brits are destined to play the big, bad characters in movies until the end of time. Every hero needs a dastardly villain, and these six bad Brits are the worst of the worst!
Brick Top, "Snatch"
Bug-eyed Brick Top, played by Alan Ford, is an evil, evil man. Apart from running gangster-type things, like dog fights and bare-knuckle boxing, Brick Top also nails people to pool tables and is an unhinged, pig-feeding gangster. Special warning: Brick Top doesn't always feed his pigs normal pig food. No, he finds that pigs love the taste of humans, and the victims of his criminal enterprise are often eaten by the greedy pigs on his farm.
The Sherrif of Nottingham, "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"
Alan Rickman plays bad guys about as well as anyone in the world. He's also the lone bright spot in the otherwise lousy Kevin Costner vehicle "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," Bryan Adams ballads included. Rickman is at his scene-chewing best as the Sheriff of Nottingham, managing to be so despicable that audiences could actually root for Costner's Robin Hood. When in history did Robin Hood sound like he was from Nebraska, Kevin? If only the Sheriff had succeeded in cutting out Robin's heart with a spoon like he promised.
Grand Moff Tarkin, "Star Wars Episode IV"
Veteran British actor Peter Cushing is no stranger to playing bad guys. He'd worked for years in the Hammer Studios horror machine, playing all types of characters along the way. By the time he got to "Star Wars," he was well-versed in the art of badness. His foul stench lent an extra air of menace to the Death Star, and his cruel destruction of Princess Leia's home planet is about as evil as evil gets.
Alex de Large, "A Clockwork Orange"
Even sociopathic murderers and rapists can be charismatic as Malcom McDowell proved with his role as Alex in "A Clockwork Orange." Alex's love of the old ultraviolence and his shabby treatment of his droogs makes him pretty damn evil, even if audiences couldn't help but be drawn to his magnetic personality. People even felt a little bad for Alex after his release from prison and mental health treatment left him a shell of a human being. Still, Alex did some rotten things, so maybe turnabout is fair play after all, eh?
Scar, "The Lion King"
What's that you say? "The Lion King" is set in Africa, so that means Scar is African, and not British? Well, just listen to him talk. Sounds like an evil British guy, doesn't he? Jeremy Irons' performance as Scar is dripping with malice, and it's all thanks to his British heritage. In fact, the story in this movie practically ripped straight from Shakespeare's "Hamlet," further cementing the "evil British guy" link. And if killing Mufasa and blaming his son for his murder isn't dastardly, then what is?
Davy Jones, "Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
The introduction of Davy Jones, with his Flying Dutchman vessel emerging from the depths, is one of the best moments in Disney's "Pirates" series of films. His malevolent inquiry, "Do you fear death?" and his violent tendencies had Disney audiences oohing and aahing at his menace. Davy lost a little of his evil when the series took a downward turn in the third movie and they started to build sympathy for Davy, but in the second movie, Davy was a dastardly and slimy demon who spared no one!