Alfred Molina is back to being bad! The half Spanish, half British actor, who memorably used creepy mechanical appendages to destroy half of New York City as mad Doc Ock in Spiderman 2, plays another villain in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which opened over the weekend. As Maxim Horvath, Molina is a dark magician who wants to destroy New York City (hmm, we're sensing a theme here). It’s a perversely fun performance and it made us think of the many memorable villains played by Latinos onscreen. We’re not talking stereotypical thugs here, but dishonest-to-goodness malos that chill your spine but thrill your inner outlaw.
Check out the list of our faves and hit us up with your own in the comments below.
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Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men (2007)
The cow stun gun. The crazy-calm way that he bargained with his victims. The haircut. As an empty-eyed assassin who meticulously hunts down his prey, Bardem earned every inch of his Oscar as a devil right out of your nightmares.
Sergi Lopez, Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
You expect the movie’s grotesque Pale Man creature to be hair-raisingly unsettling, but he is actually eclipsed by the film’s true villain: Captain Vidal, who sews up his own gaping face wound in cold blood, wears an all-too-neat military uniform (reminiscent of Nazi outfits) and treats both leftist rebels and his own step-daughter with the same cruel, murderous contempt. The man is a walking icepick.
Douglas Silva/Leandro Firmino, City of God (2002)
What could be more disturbing than a kid (Silva) whose cute Diff’rent Strokes era Gary Coleman exterior hides a “thrill to kill” that he regularly and randomly quenches? How about the casually violent teen king of favela thugs (Firmino) that he turns into?
Ricardo Montalban, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
OK, so Montalban’s man boobs (seriously, what else can you call those oversize pecs?!) aren’t that scary, but as Khan, who comes back for his revenge after being exiled on an uninhabitable planet by Capt. Kirk, he’s got some great, seething lines: “I’ve done far worse than kill you, Admiral. I’ve hurt you. And I wish to go on hurting you.” A hissing classic.
Lifetime Badass Award
Who are we kidding, trying to pick just one remorseless killer out of the more than 100 that the tattooed Mexican tough guy has played throughout his career? From Desperado to Con Air to the upcoming Once Upon a Time in Mexico, they are all scary and they invariably deserve to die—that’s why the thug-turned-actor insists on just that, a grisly death for the bad guy, as a condition of playing one.