Monday, November 8, 2010

Bold Type-casting

Bob Ryan was born to be bad
As psycho, a brute or a cad
A guy that looked tough
and liked to play rough
who walked around bubbling mad

: It was Joan Fontaine, not Ryan that was Born to be Bad (Nicholas Ray, 1950). Top: Robert Ryan in a production still for Back From Eternity (John Farrow, 1957). Below: The actor in 1956, showing a gentler side rarely seen on screen. The face the camera camera revealed led to far more roles as scary tough guys than romantic leads. "Has there ever been a face--rugged and manfully handsome yet fragile with inner agonies promising to explode into volcanic rage--like Robert Ryan's?" --Guy Maddin

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