Say what you will about John Malkovich, but the man is difficult to ignore on screen. Regardless of the size of the role, Malkovich is a powerful and commanding presence who forces the audience to drop everything they cared about previously and ask, “What’s this guy’s whole deal?” A new video from Fandor highlights a number of the roles from Malkovich’s lengthy resume, examining his unique ability to play characters teetering on the edge of madness.
Malkovich’s turn in In The Line Of Fire is maybe the best encapsulation of his ability to seamlessly transition from playfully articulate oddball to truly terrifying villain. Sure, there are certain roles later in his career that you could say border self-parody, but Malkovich always seems to rise above the material and deliver memorable characterizations. As the video says, his performance in Being John Malkovich shows a certain level of awareness, not only for who he is as a person but for how he’s perceived as a performer. Characters that are perpetually on the “breaking point” are perhaps an acquired taste, but it’s hard to deny that—Malkovich Malkovich, Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich. Malkovich.
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