You can keep your namby-pamby heroes, with their chiseled jaws, steely blue eyes and frost-tipped hairdos. The rest of us prefer to root for villains — those devious, cackling, bloodthirsty beings who exist solely to take over the world and ruin the good guy’s day in the process.
Once again, the MTV Movie Awards offers fans the rare opportunity to recognize the best of the worst, bringing you an evil-packed Best Villain category filled with homicidal madmen, comical-but-deadly double-agents and a killer clown from Gotham City. Make sure to cast your vote, and then tune in Sunday evening at 9 p.m. ET to watch the winner live. But first, read on as we handicap the competition.
Who’s the Favorite?
We’ll give you a hint: He’s white and red and carries nothing in his pockets but knives and lint. Ever since the buzz began building on “The Dark Knight” set that Heath Ledger was on to something truly unique, Batman’s archenemy took on a significance that the actor unfortunately never lived to see blossom — $500 million at the box office , a Golden Globe and Oscar, and so much love for Ledger’s final performance that it left fans asking “Jack who?” With that unique mix of box-office and critical success, it’s hard to imagine that — come Sunday night — the Joker won’t be smiling.
Who’s the Underdog?
If anybody can upset Ledger, it might just be Derek Mears as Jason Voorhees in the recent “Friday the 13th” reboot. In the eyes of horror fans worldwide, there’s no greater villain than the hockey-masked madman, and even though the movie was Mears’ first time wielding the machete, Jason now has 12 (!) movies worth of mayhem. That’s a lot of villainy — so don’t be surprised if Sunday’s last laugh is had by a guy who doesn’t talk.
» Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s charming-but-deadly Agent 23 was one of the few characters in “Get Smart” not adapted from the classic 1965-1970 TV show on which it was based. The Rock similarly played a hero-with-a-secret in 2005’s “Doom.”
» Luke Goss is no stranger to dysfunctional families. In “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” his evildoer is an estranged son who murders his king father and then watches as the man is petrified in death. In 2002’s “Blade II,” Goss similarly killed his father-figure vampire. Guillermo del Toro directed both films.
Will the vampires grab more trophies than the slumdog? What was the year’s ultimate onscreen WTF moment? It’s up to you to decide the winners of the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. Vote now, and tune in on May 31 at 9 p.m. ET, when the big show airs live from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.
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