Hey Hollywood, There Are Actors Other Than Josh Brolin Perfectly Capable of Playing the Bad Guy


Whatever; if he were a woman, that’s what everyone would be asking.

This weekend, I saw Alex Garland’s Annihilation, and whether it was because of the horror/gore vibe or that the film’s tone just wasn’t what I was expecting (I know it’s called “Annihilation” but, damn, that was … depressing), it wasn’t my favorite. Regardless, before the movie came the barrage of trailers, and no less than three of those featured Josh Brolin as the big bad. In fact, Brolin’s bad dudes played right in a row and turns out, there can be too much of a bad-guy thing.

Come on! Josh Brolin is Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War,

Josh Brolin is Cable in Deadpool 2 (despite the character being a “good guy”, you wouldn’t know it from the trailer),

and Josh Brolin is  Matt Graver in Sicario 2: Soldado (granted, he’s not the worst guy in that series, but he’s certainly villainous).

We went through this with another actor a while back, when Javier Bardem was the bad guy du jour.

It’s like casting directors get caught in a loop and, for a short while, can’t find their way to casting another bad guy.

I know Brolin’s physically imposing and he’s got a big head (are those the criteria for a bad guy?), but … there are other dudes — decent actors, as well — with big heads. And frankly, as those trailers played out, his Brolinness (not unlike ***Annihilation Spoiler*** the Shimmer ***End Spoiler***) all merged into what felt like the exact same, monotoned, threat-spewing bad guy.

So, I thought I’d throw out a few suggestions to swap in for Brolin’s quickly-becoming-one-note villain.

David Harbour

Russell Harvard

Kevin Durand

Dave Bautista

Vince Vaughn

Original flavor big-headed bad guy, Ron Perlman


In summation, Hollywood, it’s time to let someone new take that wonderfully wicked wheel.


Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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