Monday, August 28, 2017

Top 5 Charles Dance performances

A late-bloomer in certain aspects, Charles Dance hasn't had the most chances to prove himself outside of villainous roles, but still always brings something new and fresh to virtually every character he plays. While he hasn't gotten many awards or critical recognition, he's carved himself a niche as a suave and eloquent villain. Alright, you know who he is, let's just do the list now.

5. Dracula Untold (2014)

This is an incredibly bland and forgettable movie (at best), but the bits that worked the best here all involved Dance as an aging, creepy vampire. His big scene was all that was needed, a completely immersive performance in a movie totally undeserving of it.

4. The Golden Child (1986)

Another lousy movie with a great performance, Dance takes on a more demonic role here (yeah, even more evil than a scary old vampire), but not even this performance is enough to make the movie watchable. Surrounded by pure crap, he stands out as a fantastic villain all the more.

3. Alien 3 (1992)

Easily my favorite aspect of this third entry in the Alien franchise, Dance isn't around for the whole movie, but manages to bring charm to a role that could have easily been ignorable had anyone else played it. Unlike most of his characters, this is a heroic character, and one I found myself invested in more than almost anyone else in the entire franchise.

2. Last Action Hero (1993)

I didn't know this was Charles Dance when I first watched the movie, but I always enjoyed this character. An over-the-top villain with a great sense of humor, this is the role that best exemplifies Dance's pre-Game Of Thrones career. He's hilarious, evil, and a ton of fun to watch.

1. Game Of Thrones (2011-2015)

Yeah, you had to know this would be number one. This is the role that has defined the latter-half of his career, a villain with tons of layers and a cool, collected personality. With one look, he says more than any monologue surrounding him. Probably my favorite character in the entire show, Dance dominated every scene and is ultimately what got me to continue watching the show, even when I wasn't feeling the rest of it.

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