Best movie villains of the 2000s

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Sauron isn’t the only villain in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, based on JRR Tolkien’s epic fantasy novels of the same name. There’s the balrog, the orc leaders, Boromir (briefly), Shelob, Saruman, and Grima Wormtongue (both from so close to make this list based on the stellar performances of Christopher Lee and Brad Dourif).

But the best villain here, and possibly the best performance in the trilogy (which is saying something) is Andy Serkis’ Gollum. Originally known as Sméagol, the character was mutated by the One Ring from something akin to a Hobbit into an emaciated, pale gray creature who lives in a cave, eats live fish, and is obsessed with revival. of the Ring.

Serkis is amazing in the role. He was in a motion capture suit the entire time, and the creature we see on screen was then animated on a computer. But it’s his movements and it’s his voice.

Gollum is a fascinating and broken shell of a character. The Ring urges Frodo (Elijah Wood) to show Gollum undeserved mercy, hoping to fall back into Gollum’s clutches. But this backfires in two ways. First, he attracts the kind and loyal Sméagol from under Gollum. Second, although Gollum wins this beautifully portrayed internal battle, it forces him to fall into Mount Doom with the ring, destroying him and Sauron forever. Ultimately, Gollum is the unforeseen method by which Sauron undoes his own power. There is something poetic in that.

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