Neal McDonough is an award-winning actor that has played some of the most iconic villains in film and television. He talks about his career, how he got involved with acting, what makes him a great villain, who’s considered to be the best bad guy ever and discusses what it takes to play one convincingly.
Neal McDonough is an American actor and producer. He has been in a number of films such as “The Green Mile,” “A Time to Kill,” and “Constantine.” This article talks about what makes him a great villain.
Neal McDonough is a highly devout Christian, a family guy with an ever-present wide smile…and he portrays some of the meanest, most diabolical villains you’ll find in Hollywood. McDonough is aware of the contradiction, saying in a recent interview that he believes it’s what gives Damien Darhk (McDonough) and Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) such great chemistry onscreen: they’re two sides of the same coin in some ways, especially since Routh is also known offscreen as a friendly, kind, family-oriented guy. McDonough also claims that it helps him get job since he is so difficult to pin down.
After all, villains seldom get to play the same part for years on end (with the exception of Damien), so McDonough has to constantly reinvent himself for the next production. He’s now starring in Apex, a reimagining of the classic premise of “The Most Dangerous Game” that pits him against Bruce Willis.
You can see a trailer for the film here:
With a giggle, McDonough remarked, “So many people ask me that.” “‘You portray such amazing, delectable villains on screen, but in real life you’re such a good Christian parent sort of man.’ It’s also rather straightforward. It’s because, as everyone knows, I wouldn’t perform sex scenes, so I had to make a profession for myself, which I did. As difficult as it was at times, being the villain of the week has been a dream come true. Also, it’s good for my career. I get to pretend to be a shark. I get to go into Yellowstone and feed for a while, then jump out and go feed on something else for a while, then jump out and go feed on Apex for a bit. It keeps the ball travelling in the right direction. It’s a career shift, I’d like to say. ‘Well, it’s a stroke of brilliance because no one can peg you as anything,’ everyone says. I just believe that is how I like to work. I’ve never been really drawn to playing the same role for an extended period of time.”
McDonough instantly corrected himself, “I’ve tried a number of times.” “Damien Darhk, on Arrow, Flash, and Legends, could be an exception since he’s such a great character to portray. And, on Flash with Damien, I’ve got two more Flash episodes coming up, I believe next week. But I like working and discovering new details about other characters that I can bring to life, as well as learning more about myself and how fortunate I am not to be like the people I actually or typically portray. As a result, it’s also a psychological test for me. How far can I go with this? If you’ve noticed, I seldom modify my appearance. Whether I’m a nice man or a nasty guy, I aim to have the same appearance in whatever I do. I usually wear my hair short and simple, but instead of going for a distinctive style, I let the action speak for itself. That, I believe, has also worked in my advantage. But I’m not one for overthinking things.”
Edward Drake (Cosmic Sin, Breach) directed and co-wrote the picture with Corey Large (The Ninth Passenger). Neal McDonough (“Yellowstone,” Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City), Bruce Willis (“Die Hard,” The Sixth Sense), Lochlyn Munro (“Riverdale”), Megan Peta Hill (“Open Water 3”), and Trevor Gretzky (“Yellowstone,” Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City”) feature in the film (Spiral).
Ex-cop Thomas Malone, who is serving a life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit, is given a shot at release if he can survive a lethal game of Apex. On a lonely island, six hunters pay for the privilege of killing another person, but when Malone comes, all hell breaks loose. Malone attempts to turn the tables by setting traps and playing mind games in order to fight for his life and future.
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