It all started with Matt Damon searching high and low for
WMD in Green Zone – excellent but uncomfortable viewing. Try imagining military Jason Bourne in . Cue the government conspiracy and the super human assassins. Iraq
There’s a particularly mean soldier named Briggs complete with evil frowny moustache that practically screams ‘kills if ordered or bored’. He’s so relentless nothing short of x-ray analysis will convince me he’s not a terminator sent from the future by hawk neoconservatives.
But then the shaky camera work stalled for a moment and I saw his face clearly. Hey that’s Jason Isaacs! No Matt Damon, don’t shoot! He’s still a baddy but now I don’t want Jason Isaacs to die!
What happened there? Ever since I saw Jason Isaacs play the (sexy) villain so well as Lucius Malfoy and Captain Hook I can’t help switching teams whenever he baddens it up. He’s built up enough rascal credibility I root for him even when the character’s flatter than an army buzz cut. But this isn’t an isolated case of wrong teamism. I thought back to Mulubinba’s search for the good Guy - a quest doomed to succeed. Why do we root for the bad guy? Perhaps it’s a personal thing. Here are my reasons:
They’re usually given the best lines
They’re usually given the best back stories
As long as they don’t hurt characters you like, you can still think they’re good people that made bad choices
They’re determined, proactive and ambitious; all misdirected but still attractive qualities.
They’re the underdog
No wonder they can overshadow the main character. Maybe there’s nothing wrong with my judgment after all.