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Sunday, December 08, 2019 

Ewan McGregor sees Black Mask as the perfect villain for the Trump era

McGregor, who's playing the villainous role for the upcoming Birds of Prey movie, already revealed to be another victim of social justice engineering, gave an interview to Men's Journal (via Bounding Into Comics) that I don't remember noticing before, where he let slip his political motivations:
And why not play the villain in February’s Birds of Prey—Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn spin-off—where he’ll appear as a murderous rich prick called the Black Mask. McGregor tore into the role with unabashed glee, describing the Black Mask as the perfect villain for “the Time of Trump.” The character is “an absolute narcissist,” he says, “spoiled in his upbringing to the point of having no contact with what life or people are about, who has a skin this thin and wants nothing more than to be the center of attention.” According to online chatter, the Black Mask is also maybe gay, living with his right-hand man, Victor Szasz, played by Argo’s Chris Messina (with awesome bleached-blond hair). Of the gay thing, Messina called to say: “I don’t want to give anything away, but that’s a fun theory. We definitely have a very interesting bond.”

What’s more important than internet rumor, he says, is that McGregor is scary as shit onscreen—precisely for the reasons we first fell in love with him. “He’s an incredible villain because he’s so likable and he’s so seducing,” Messina says. “You’re like, I like him, he’s cute, it’s fun being in his world. And then he’ll bite your leg off. He has these incredible turns of violence, this ferocious quality. There are a couple of moments in the movie where he rages that he really went there, and you could hear a pin drop. Then he would turn on a dime and then go back to the charm of the character.”
I'm not sure what's worse: that he's turning Black Mask into a stealth metaphor for Trump, or that Messina describes him offensively as "likeable and cute". Seriously, I don't think that's a very good way to promote villains; in fact, it's the heroes who should be given more spotlight, not villains.

So now there's signs this'll be another conservative-bashing film, which reeks of economy character casting, noticing Messina's character has the name of The Question's star character. All in a movie based on a series developed by a right-winger, Chuck Dixon. Another reason he'd do better to distance himself from the production.

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Sounds more like a Trump-bashing gloss on the film, rather than a conservative-bashing one. And you have to admit his characterization of Trump is dead-on accurate. Other than the cute part.

Szasz was played as a bad guy in the Gotham tv series, so his description is consistent with prior bat-verse moving picture shows.

Without a good villain, heros are boring, and superheroes just come across as bullies when they beat up on non-super powered crooks.

"The character is “an absolute narcissist,”

That fits not only Trump, but Obama and every present pretender to the throne.

It does take a certain amount of ego to think that you can be the President of the US.

But Obama was able to assemble a team around himself and work closely with them; Trump is not a team player and fires anyone around him who gets big enough to fit into their britches without suspenders. Trump was so much in love with himself that he put up fake Time magazine covers featuring his own image on the walls of his golf club houses. And used charitable donations to the Donald J Trump foundation to pay $20,000 for a six foot tall portrait of himself.

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