We’ve accumulated a lot of screen grabs of Mr. Malahide’s work on the Appreciation by now and, of course, some have become our favourites. Fearless Admin and I thought it might be fun to present a few of these grabs and discuss just why it is we find them so appealing, or what’s striking or interesting about them. So without further ado, here’s the first installment of our Favouritest Grabs Ever.
What’s Going On in this Picture?
RF: It’s from Episode Three, “Hourglass“, of the 2012 series “Hunted“. Mr. Malahide as crimelord extraordinaire, Jack Turner, is at a four-star hotel to begin bidding for a dam in Pakistan that he wants very badly. While he’s there, one of his Redshirt security guards mysteriously disappears (not really, he’s been killed by one of the supposed “good guys”) so Jack summons Patrik Lindberg, a hapless Swedish executive who’ll be in charge of running the dam if he wins the bid, to a late night meeting by a lake to shed some light on the situation. He’s smoking a cigar while waiting for Lindberg to arrive in the picture.
Why is This One a Favourite?
RF: I had no idea how well this grab turned out until I took a look at it afterwards. Admin and I have gotten many grabs of Mr. Malahide with smoke wreathing his head as various characters (and he usually looks great in all of them), but this one in particular just looked incredibly fitting for the situation; it’s atmospheric, evocative, and almost seems to be painted. Jack Turner appears to be straight out of a film noir, combining an air of quiet menace with a sense of “business as usual”. You get the impression he’s done a lot of these sorts of meetings, and he’s very good at them.
Admin: Fantastic choice. He reminds me ever so much of a classic Dick Tracy or The Spirit (many thanks to RFodchuk for introducing me to The Spirit, btw) villain in this view. There is no doubt whatsoever that he is a very dangerous baddie. And while we weren’t fans of Hunted‘s subdued color palette, this is one of the few situations where it really worked in a good way and added to the smokey ambiance. The one visible eye, the taut yet full lips, the jutting jaw…he just looks so scary, but it’s gorgeous at the same time.