Thursday, October 2, 2014

Who Played It Best? Francis Dolarhyde

I am so sorry that I am a day late on this, I had a leaking radiator on my car and it nearly ran out of coolant. I had to have it towed and brought to the nearest dealership. My car broke down around where I work, which is 45 minutes from my house. In short, I had a long night last night, and when I got home, I didn't want to do anything due to exhaustion.
Now that I am here tonight, let's do a little catch up.
When we think of anything Hannibal Lecter related, we immediately jump to Anthony Hopkins. So far, he has appeared as the character three times. Not only that, but his portrayal is easily the most popular (although it seems that the NBC show is gaining some traction.). I wonder how many people have heard of the film "Manhunter." The film starred William Petersen, Brian Cox, Dennis Farina, and Stephen Lang. "Manhunter" was a movie adaptation of "Red Dragon," which made several years later with Edward Norton and, of course, Anthony Hopkins. In both films, the antagonist was Francis Dolarhyde, who was played by Tom Noonan in "Manhunter" and Ralph Fiennes in "Red Dragon." On the eve of this October, I wonder who played the character best?
My Two Cents
For me, it is a really tough call. Noonan is a master of playing the very edgy, very weird, very creepy characters. And Fiennes? Well, he's just a master at being a master, and he is always a memorable villain. Both do very good work in their movies, so who do I choose? I am going to go with the actor who I feel freaked me out the most. Francis Dolarhyde is a truly demented character, and while both actors gave it their all, there is one performance in particular that sticks out. There is one performance that raises my hair on my arms more than the other. That performance was made by Ralph Fiennes, and I have to give him the edge this week.
Disagree? Agree? Let me know. Please e-mail me ( or simply respond in the comments section below. You have until Wednesday.
Last week, I took another shot at "Star Trek." Earlier this year, I learned who the best Captain Kirk was. Now I wanted to know who the best Spock was. The results are in and here is how they played out.
Oh yeah, he lives long and prospers

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