23 thoughts on “MCM: Ralph Fiennes

  1. Ralph Fiennes’ acting is generally great. I like him, but he’s definitely coded as a bad guy in my head. His Nazi and Voldemort left too strong an impression to shake.

    His brother Joseph Fiennes, on the other hand, after Shakespeare in Love, Merchant of Venice, and Elizabeth, is labeled for me as “smoldering love interest” forever.

    1. Except that, right now, Joseph is playing the commander in The Handmaid’s Tale — an excellent role, but definitely a bad guy — so that colors my thinking of him!

      1. :O I haven’t watched that one! Maybe I shouldn’t or it’ll color my Joseph Fiennes impression!

        1. I just rewatched R.F. in The Constant Gardner. Not a FF for sure, but swoon… A hero and good guy thru and thru!

  2. Goethe was bad BY THE STANDARDS OF OTHER NAZIS, no less. But dammit, Fiennes, stop looking sexy. I mean, not a historical, but he made Francis “The Red Dragon” Dolarhyde look not so bad.

      He did such a great job of bringing the character to life that you could really understand his psychosis (not saying sympathize with, but you got where it came from and what it manifested as). He had such a strange mix of awkwardly polite and then fucking terrifying that it was amazing.

  3. He is way too sexy to play so many villains, but I can’t say I mind. Anything that gets him on my screen is fine with me. (I just re-watched his “Great Expectations” over the weekend, actually, and was reminded of how talented he is.”) My favorite of his roles is “Oscar & Lucinda,” opposite my goddess, Cate Blanchett, but I would pay actual money to have them rewrite the ending. That ending sucks, but I have a serious amount of emo in me, so I continue torturing myself with it.

  4. Just a heads-up to anyone on this list: do not see the Baby of Macon. Fiennes’ character is not the bad guy in that film, but that movie is INCREDIBLY fucked up. The movie was at one time available on YouTube and I watched it, and I’m just going to say that if I tried to write out a trigger warning list it would be a long-ass screed.

      1. No problem at all! If you or anyone else feels morbidly curious about it, the Wikipedia article sums it up fairly well, but it is not a good idea to thrust it on your eyeballs.

  5. He plays villains so well! I don’t know which of his roles are my favs, but any actor that can make a villain still look like a human being while being an absolute piece of shit, is a great actor.

  6. I’m still bitter about him not winning the Oscar for his performance in Schindler’s List.

  7. The End of the Affair is one of my favourite movies. He’s honestly not a bad guy — just a guy that’s hurt because the love of his life cannot be with him. Maurice is jealous, but he’s also insecure. And Fiennes plays him to perfection, he gives him a humanity that I think others would struggle with.

    I really appreciate his art.

    1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for this post! Honestly, if Ralph Fiennes had only ever played Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights and Almasy in The English Patient, he would have been forever cemented in my heart as an all-time historical hottie. I fell in love with him as M. Gustave in The Grand Budapest Hotel, not only because of the character he played, but also because of his skill as an actor. I had lamented that perhaps he just didn’t have the chops for chops for comedy. I was overjoyed to be proved wrong. With that role, he proved to me that he can do anything. Now, I really want to see Hail Caesar and the Sherlock Holmes movies; I didn’t know he was in those!

  8. Will have to look up the Wuthering Heights adaptation which had passed me by. He is also a great villain in The Curse of the Were Rabbit and a cold withholding father in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang – although melts somewhat. Love the long suffering Laurence Laurentz trying to direct Hobie in Hail Caesar.

  9. I loved him in A Dangerous Man, even that movie can be weirdly hard to find online. He’s so young and smol and precious as Lawrence. Extra eye candy in that movie is a veerryyy young Alexander Siddig, while he was still billed as Siddig al Fadil!

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