THE 69-year-old actor has had a varied career but admits he much prefers taking on the role of a villain and even claimed being an unlikeable character is more likely to see you win an award.
Quizzed on whether it’s more fun to play the villain, he said, “Oh yeah. Much more fun. You get to be bad. B-b-b-b-b-b-bad to the bone.
“My father (‘The Bad and the Beautiful’ actor Kirk Douglas) was the sensitive young man for seven pictures until The Champion. He played a prick and was nominated for an Oscar. Most everyone’s careers, their biggest successes have been through playing villains.”
However, the Hollywood legend – who is currently starring in ‘The Reach’ – went on to admit that while he thinks actors receive more accolades for villain roles, it’s much harder to play a “nice guy”.
He told The Guardian newspaper, “Nice guys are more and more difficult to play in terms of getting the edges. I enjoy the challenge of winning an audience over.
“The audience hate you at the beginning of the picture, and by the end they’re going, ‘Well. He’s not so bad.” – BANG!