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The Ralph Fiennes Bio

The Ralph Fiennes Review –

by Nate Lee

Best Film:

Schindler's List / Harry Potter

His contribution to the Harry Potter series is significant, giving a truly frightening portrayal of probably the most well-known, and hence, the most-judged villain of all time. Clearly, though, his portrayal of Amon Goeth is the embodiment of the evil of the Nazis.

Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
Bernard and Doris (Golden Globe and SAG-nominated performance as Doris Duke's controversial butler, Bernard)
Hurt Locker (head of mercenary soldiers)
Strange Days (Lenny Nero, a futuristic techno-drug dealer)
Nanny McPhee Returns (Lord Gray)
Spider (insane guy)
Maid in Manhattan (wealthy bachelor in love with a maid he thinks is a socialite)
Harry Potter Series (Voldemort)
Schindler's List (Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG-nominated performance as the Nazi concentration camp commander)
Red Dragon (Mr. Dolarhyde, the insane serial killer)
Clash of the Titans (Hades)
In Bruges (the boss of two hitmen in hiding)
Period Pieces:
The White Countess (disaffected ex-diplomat in '30s Shanghai, opposite Natasha Richardson)
Onegin (wealthy 1820s Russian, opposite Liv Tyler)
Sunshine (three generations of one European Jewish family, from late 1800s on)
Oscar and Lucinda (missionary in Australia, opposite Cate Blanchett)
Wuthering Heights (Heathcliffe, opposite Juliette Binoche)
Quiz Show (Charles Van Doren, caught up in quiz show scandal of the '50s)
The English Patient (Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated performance as Laszlo, the title character and a Hungarian Count)
The Reader (the adult Michael, who as a boy read to the ex-SS guard Kate Winslet)
The Constant Gardener (British diplomat in Kenya, investigating wife Rachel Weisz's murder)
The Duchess (husband of Keira Knightley as the Duchess)
The Real "Rafe":

Fiennes is directing and starring in, and helped adapt, this Shakespearean historical tragedy. Much more of the classical British actor than you'd expect, Fiennes is the only actor to ever win a Tony as Hamlet.
Acting Style:
The villain. With both a quiet, deep sensitivity and a gift for playing a variety of insanities, Ralph Fiennes may be the best bad guy on the market. His portrayal of Nazi concentration camp commandant Amon Goeth is recognized as the fifteenth "best" villain of all time, and, distinctively, the greatest real-life villain. His chilling portrayal of Voldemort in the Harry Potter series will no doubt achieve a similar ranking when next AFI makes the list.
Bits and Quirks:
Intensely sad eyes. Strange whisper, sometimes a soft nasally whisper. Does a lot of remorseful staring on screen, with a blank expression, scowl or even wan smile.
Great Scenes:
Harry Potter

> The duel with Harry Potter in the graveyard
> The conference in the Malfoy's house, with the snake eating the professor
> The duel in the Ministry of Magic with Dumbledore
> Leading the bad guys into Hogwarts, carrying a seemingly dead Harry
> Both of the final showdowns with Harry

Schindler's List

> Shooting at the work camp prisoners for sport

Nanny McPhee

> The chat with the boys in his office about being a father

The Hurt Locker

> Meeting up with the bomb unit and being taken out by snipers

Red Dragon

> Holding Philip Seymour Hoffman prisoner, and showing him the tattoo on his back
> The showdown with Edward Norton at his house

The Duchess

> Giving Keira Knightley the ultimatum, with her mother standing by
> The conversation about Bess in Keira's bedroom

In Bruges

> The final chase and shootout and suicide
If you like Ralph Fiennes You probably didn't like:
The Avengers