See Rooney Mara, Brad Pitt and More As Cinema's Iconic Bad Guys

December 7, 2011
Source: The New York Times

Touch of Evil - Brad Pitt

Not too long ago, a fantastic photo set surfaced with various actors and actresses taking on characters in various Martin Scorsese films like Taxi Driver and Good Fellas. Recreations of some of cinema's finest characters and scenes get a whole new image and feel with new talent stepping in, and a new video gallery from The New York Times is no different. Alex Prager has crafted Touch of Evil, "a video gallery of cinematic villainy inspired by nefarious icons and featuring the best performers from the year in film" including Brad Pitt as Eraserhead, Rooney Mara as Alex from A Clockwork Orange and more.

Here's snapshots of Alex Prager's Touch of Evil (click to see the video pieces from The NY Times):

Touch of Evil - Brad PittTouch of Evil - Rooney Mara

Touch of Evil - George Clooney

Touch of Evil - Ryan GoslingTouch of Evil - Michael Shannon

Touch of Evil - Gary Oldman

Pitt and Mara's installments really stand out as the best, but there's plenty of other great reinventions to behold. The others featured above include Michael Shannon as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, Gary Oldman looking almost unrecognizable as the ventriloquist dummy Fats from Magic, George Clooney as Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty and Ryan Gosling missing as The Invisible Man.

Personally, I'm glad the stars chose much less obvious villains from cinema's history, and having a gallery if videos to bring them to life just makes this that much more stunning. To see all the rest of the short pieces featuring Mia Wasikowska, Kirsten Dunst, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis and more, click right here. And if you need a frame of reference for the characters being recreated, there's a handy bulletin board guide to all of the various killers, crooks and creeps right here as well. Pretty cool, right?

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments


Ryan Gosling as The Invisible's funny for some reason.

Xerxexx on Dec 7, 2011


idk whats sadder, Ryan Gosling as the Invisible Man, or the fact that they literally put a black mask on him and called it The Invisible Man...

Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011



Xerxexx on Dec 7, 2011


Wow I had no idea that was George and Gary lol.

TheLaughingMan on Dec 7, 2011


I thought George was R Lee Ermey...

norm on Dec 7, 2011


Mia Wasikowska.... Jesus Christ! I'd book a church right now just to marry her.

Agent Kid Society on Dec 7, 2011


Michael Shannon looks like that news paper guy from spider-man, all he needs is the mustache 

Dpramroop on Dec 7, 2011


Not for nothing, but why didn't they shoot Brad Pitt's Eraserhead in black and white?

norm on Dec 7, 2011


I liked the Bonnie and Clyde one and the Clockwork Orange one too.

Crapola on Dec 7, 2011


i think the only ones that really worked were Eraserhead and Mutiny on the bounty..the rest felt Meh...

Lando on Dec 7, 2011


I am completely scratching my head of why a woman portrayed Alex from a Clockwork Orange? Did anyone involved actual notice how Alex treated women in the movie?

Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011


Very good point Akira...there two very interesting scenes in Alex and his gang save a girl unintentionally then another DeLarge rapes the wife of the older gentlemen...truly a fucked up individual.

Xerxexx on Dec 7, 2011


Awesome stuff, but what's it for?

Davide Coppola on Dec 8, 2011


Uh, what a waste of time and talent. They are iconic characters for a reason...

rennmaxbeta on Dec 8, 2011

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