Psychopaths in the seventh art have always been a source of fascination for moviegoers. On many occasions we are in search of characters who reflect that otherness in everyday life, and those who suffer from this mental condition always end up attracting the attention of the public on the small or big screen. A study published in The Journal of Forensic Sciences (via Business Insider) places Anton Chigurh, played by Javier Bardem, in No Place for the Weak – 94%, as the best psychopath in the cinema. In the following paragraphs we discuss all the details.
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No place for wimps is a 2007 film directed by the brothers Coen and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson and Javier Bardem. It places us in rural Texas during the 1980s, when welder and hunter Llewelyn Moss discovers the remains of several drug dealers who have killed each other in a failed trade. Moss keeps the money and that’s when Anton begins to track him down, killing whoever gets in his way and leading to a tense game of hunting.
The study Psychopathy and the Cinema: Fact or Fiction? (Psychopathy and cinema: fact or fiction?) Brings together the efforts of the professor of psychiatry Samuel Leistedt, along with ten other colleagues in Belgium, who in a span of three years watched more than 400 films released between 1915 and 2010. Their goal was simple but powerful: to find the most realistic psychopaths in cinema; It is interesting to discover that the most famous of pop culture are not listed because they simply do not come close to what a person with this condition would do in the real world.
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According to the paper, Anton Chigurh of Javier Bardem He is the best psychopath in the cinema because his homicidal instincts handle them with a disturbing normality, showing no reaction in his expressions: “He seems to be effectively invulnerable and resistant to any form of emotion or humanity.” No place for the weak is often regarded as the best of brothers Coen, with the critic pointing to Javier Bardem as the best of the film, a cold interpretation in the best sense of the word.
Other prominent psychopaths in the study are Hans Beckert in M, a child killer, and Henry Lee Lucas in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Some celebrities who were left off the list for being completely unreal are Patrick Bateman in American Psycho – 67%, Gordon Gekko in Wall street, Norman Bates Psycho – 96% and Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Innocents – 94%. The conclusion about these last characters is that they are closer to the villainous than to what a psychopath himself represents.
In our specific topic of interest, it appears that psychopathy in film, despite an actual clinical course, remains fictional. Most psychopathic villains in popular fiction resemble the international and universal bogeyman, almost like villain archetypes.
In addition, the study talks about the psychopath written in slasher cinema, a very poor representation of the disorder but very exaggerated and even caricatured about his violent features.
In these slasher movies, the psychopathic characters are generally unrealistic, accumulating many traits and characteristics, such as sadism, intelligence, and the ability to predict the plan that future victims will use to escape. Today, these are more iconic popular evil depictions of fictional killers than interesting psychopaths.
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