Five Favs Black Movie Villians

25 09 2010

This feature first appeared in Jet Magazine.com. To read this review at its original source, click here.

This week at the movies, iconic financial super villain Gordon Gekko returns in the sequel to the 1987 film, “Wall Street in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” But Gekko can’t hold a candle to our Five Favorite Black Movie Villains who in their own special way make everyone’s life a living hell!

Alonzo Harris| Training Day (2001)

After a career playing sexy, complex men of honor, Denzel Washington turned the tables and took home Oscar gold as a rogue detective who spends a day trying to corrupt a new recruit in this gritty L.A. drama. While the audience kept waiting for the “good” Denzel to save the day, Washington demonstrated that there was nothing heroic about his character.

Money line: “King Kong ain’t got [nothing] on me!”         

Bishop | Juice (1992)

Backed by the pulsating Naughty By Nature theme song, rapper Tupac Shakur gave a signature performance in his film debut as the psychotic, insecure thug in this memorable urban cult classic. Pac even incorporated the Bishop persona into his music during the infamous Death Row/Bad Boy beef.

Money line: “You gotta get the ground beneath your feet, partner, get the wind behind your back and go out in a blaze if you got to!”

O-Dog | Menace II Society (1993)

Larenz Tate was America’s Nightmare in this coming-of-age urban drama. As the best friend of Kane (Tyrin Turner), O-Dog put in work and despite various gunfights never got one scratch even as those close to him were dropping like flies.

Money line: “Sir, I don’t think God really cares too much about us, or he wouldn’t have put us here. I mean, look where we stay at. It’s all messed up around here.”

Deebo | Friday (1995)

While Craig (Ice Cube) and Smokey (Chris Tucker) were getting blazed on Friday, neighborhood bully Deebo (Tiny Lister)  terrorized EVERYBODY smacking chicks, jacking chains, bikes, cash and beating fools down in this comedy classic.

Money line: “Shut the [hell] up you little punk before I drop you like I did this [chick]!”

Nino Brown | New Jack City (1991)

Wesley Snipes created the quintessential Black gangster as the head of CMB (Cash Money Brothers) in this urban morality tale gone wrong. Snipes reprised an updated variation of the character in Brooklyn’s Finest.

Money line: “Money talks, and B.S. runs a marathon. So, see ya and I wouldn’t want to be ya!”

BONUS VILLIAN

Sho’Nuff | The Last Dragon (1985)

While Bruce Leroy (Taimak) is searching for the “true master,” he is constantly taunted by the infamous “Shogun of Harlem,” the menacing Sho’Nuff ( the late Julius Carry III). More street fighter than martial artist, Sho’Nuff gave Bruce Leroy all he could handle – and then some in this campy classic.

Money line: “Now, when I say, “Who’s da mastah?” you say, “Sho’nuff!”


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