AN­TON CHIGURH

Empire (Australasia) - - Greatest Villains - DAN JOLIN

NO COUN­TRY FOR OLD MEN (2007)

WHEN JAVIER BARDEM ac­cepted his Os­car for Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor in 2007, he thanked the Coen broth­ers, specif­i­cally for putting “one of the most hor­ri­ble hair­cuts in history on my head”.

No Coun­try For Old Men wouldn’t be the last time Bardem would blend bad bar­nets and ex­treme vil­lainy (Sky­fall, Pi­rates 6), but he’s never topped the tired-eyed malev­o­lence of An­ton Chigurh, the car­tel hit­man who uses a bolt pis­tol to ex­e­cute his vic­tims as if they were cat­tle, and takes or spares lives at the whim of a coin toss. It’s a truly mar­row-chill­ing, hu­man-yet-in­hu­man turn.

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