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25 Actors Who Played A Bad Guy So Well, People Still Can't See Them As Anything Else

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 2022-11-25

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WARNING : Due to the nature of the question being answered in this post, several of the scenes shared do include disturbing content. Also, there are some SPOILERS AHEAD for the following movies. We've listed the titles first so you can decide if you'd like to read on or skip. Please proceed with caution!

We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community , "What role did an actor play so well you now permanently can't unsee them as that character, no matter how many other roles they've played?" and their incredibly messed-up responses sparked even more terrifying answers! So, this is the sequel!

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So, here are just a few more of the most popular responses shared:

1. David Tennant in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

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"David Tennant as Barty Crouch Jr. It doesn't matter how wonderful people tell me he is as 10, I still can't enjoy him in Doctor Who because of that sniveling, snaky character!"

charismaticxombie

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2. Jack O'Connell in Eden Lake (2008)

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"Jack O'Connell terrified the shit out of me so much that, when he and his fellow Skins cast mates did a uni night at one of the clubs in my town, I was too scared to actually go meet him like my friends. He's such a good actor, but, by god, did he and that film mess me up!"

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3. Victor Garber in Legally Blond e (2001)

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"I only watched this for the first time a couple of years ago (I know, I know — don't come at me). I loved the movie, but I can't look at Victor Garber the same way anymore, which sucks."

ilovewater

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4. Laurence Fishburne in What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993)

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"Laurence Fishburne playing Ike Turner! The domestic violence scenes are a little too realistic. There’s an entire generation of middle-aged Black women who are still mad at him for how well he played this role."

sweetpollypurebred

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5. Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl (2014)

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"I can’t watch her in Pride & Prejudice anymore without being mildly terrified of Jane Bennett."

—Meghann Adams, Facebook

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6. Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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"Well worth the recognition he got for the role, but now I’m suspicious of everything he does! Great actor."

mattward85

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7. Saoirse Ronan in Atonement (2007)

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"I was mad at her for years after that movie."

ands1901br

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8. Alfred Molina in Not Without My Daughter (1991)

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"He plays a wife-beating sack of shit. Whenever he's on screen now, I'm immediately uncomfortable and can't relax. Truthfully, he did an outstanding job in that role — absolutely nailed it. 10/10 performance, but I will never watch it again."

wildflower_daydream

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9. Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave (2013)

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"He was so good at playing such a vile person."

pmonica44

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10. Rodney Dangerfield in Natural Born Killers (1994)

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"He was so incredibly creepy that I can’t see him any other way."

laur113

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11. Scarlett Johansson in He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)

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"I actually hate her now because of this movie! I can’t get over it."

brookejackson2

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12. Robin Williams in One Hour Photo (2002)

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"He was horrifying, especially after growing up seeing him as Mrs. Doubtfire and the Genie from Aladdin !"

megz52

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13. Willem Dafoe in Antichrist (2009)

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"If you’re curious about that movie, don’t. Trust me."

ashleyjohnson1

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14. Denzel Washington in Training Day (2001)

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"I missed all his movies for years and refused to watch anything with him in it. Only recently I've allowed myself to watch The Equalizer, and he redeemed himself slightly with that role — but I still have issues with watching him."

pike7453

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15. Mark Duplass in Creep (2014)

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"I am terrified of him now!"

byrdknb

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16. Monique in Precious (2009)

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"After that movie, I couldn't look at her the same. She played a mean role in that one."

jahjah75

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17. Steve Harris in Diary Of A Mad Black Woman (2005)

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"We still hate Charles and want to fight him."

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18. Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe (2011)

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"That fried chicken scene…it's tough to look at him after seeing that."

jrubioreyes01

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19. Kathy Bates in Misery (1990)

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"'I put two bullets in my gun. One for me, and one for you.'"

nebulakenezzar

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20. Patrick Wilson in Hard Candy (2005)

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"This was the first thing I saw him in, which was creepy, and then I saw Insidious right after that. So now, every time I see his face, I feel a sense of dread because something horrible is inevitably about to happen."

delorienaz

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21. Jack Nicholson in The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

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"I still love him, though."

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22. Clive Owen in Closer (2004)

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"I can't get over what a skeeze he was in that role, and I know I have let my enjoyment of some of his other films suffer because of it."

cindycr422

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23. Orlando Bloom in Troy (2004)

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"I always have to change my initial reaction whenever I see him from 'He’s such a selfish wimp!' to 'That was just a role.' I still can’t watch that movie for many reasons."

—Melissa Payne, Facebook

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24. Danny Glover in The Color Purple (1985)

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"I saw him in a different light. He's a good actor, but doesn't get the acknowledgment he deserves."

plumjoi

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25. Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator (2000)

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"He has some strange roles, but I first saw him in this, and he unnerved me so much in it that I can't unsee it no matter what other weird movie he acts in."

johannalis85

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You've read their picks, but now it's your turn to share! Which actors/roles did they forget? What role did an actor play so well you now permanently can't unsee them as that character, no matter how many other roles they've played? Share your picks in the comments below! Oh! And be sure to check out our first list in case your pick is on there!

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