by Susan Sey
I was listening to NPR the other day. Yeah, I listen to NPR in the car. I'm geeky like that.
Anyway, they were discussing an independent film about the studio musicians of the 50s & 60s, & how there was this prevalent attitude among serious musicians of the time that rock & roll wasn't 'real' music. Many of the established studio musicians of the time simply refused to play it.
Enter the carpet baggers. The profiteers. The soulless capitalists who'll do anything for money.
Enter the hungry studio musician wannabes who said, "Hey, I'll play that." And they did.
One particular set of musicians, the Wrecking Crew, took that ball & ran with it, becoming the power players of the next two to three decades. They played behind everybody from the Beach Boys to Elvis, Sinatra to Sam Cooke.
Charlie Watts, the drummer from the Rolling Stones, was interviewed for this film, & was asked to list his his top ten all-time favorite rock drummers. He was startled to find that five of them were Hal Blaine of the Wrecking Crew.
I feel this way about Alan Rickman.
I sat down with a writer friend the other day & our conversation turned (as it tends to do) to villains we love. I started waxing eloquent about how Alan Rickman utterly saved the movie Robin Hood. How he dripped well-heeled danger in Die Hard. How he oozed disdain so gorgeously as Professor Snape.
I realized in that moment that when it comes to villains, I have a favorite flavor.
This is what I like. This makes me happy. I like my bad guys smart, slick, well-funded & exquisitely well-spoken. I like them cool & calculating. I like brains with a side dish of evil.
So what about you? When it comes to bad guys, do you have a favorite flavor? Tell us about the villains you love!