Top Five… Movie Men In Black Clothing
Nothing says cool better than a movie character dressed all in black. So with the release of Men In Black III this week, Ross McG looks at the male heroes and villains to rock the simple yet sophisticated look.
5. Reverend Harry Powell
As seen in: The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Played by: Robert Mitchum
Style: Scary. We had to have one preacher in our Men in Black list, and we couldn’t think of anyone more frightening than the bad ole’ Rev Harry. One of cinema’s all-time great villains, Mitchum doesn’t so much light up the screen here as take the screen and sent 50,000 volts through it. What a highly charged performance this is. He’s the mean man of the Lord who is intent on getting his hands on some cash, the location of which is protected by two little kids. Whose mother he marries, then murders. This man in black scared the bejaysus out of me when I was younger. He still does.
Verdict: Black widower
4. Dread Pirate Roberts
As seen in: The Princess Bride (1987)
Played by: Cary Elwes
Style: Swashbuckling. The Dread Pirate Roberts would eat Captain Jack Sparrow for breakfast. And still have room for Blackbeard at lunch time. He’s ambidextrous, he’s good at climbing rocks, he’s swift at swapping poisons, he looks great in matching black bandana and gloves… he’s just an all-round great guy. Until, that is, we realise he’s just some common farm boy called Westley. Nobody surrenders their ship to the Dread Pirate Westley.
Verdict: Black magic
As seen in: Batman Begins (2005)
Played by: Christian Bale
Style: Dark. I love Michael Keaton’s Batman. He didn’t growl like a bear when in the costume and he knew exactly when his car was going to stop, but he had one major flaw: that stupid yellow utility belt. If you’re a scumbag out on a crime spree in downtown Gotham, you don’t have to look out for the bat signal in the sky, all you have to keep your eyes peeled for is a bright, florescent rectangle strapped around a guy’s waist running out you. Bale’s introductory Batman, while a bit flawed, got the ‘Dark’ bit right in ‘Dark Knight’, giving us a character who needed to surprise the bad guys, so therefore needed to be clad completely in black.
Verdict: Black knight
2. Mr Pink
As seen in: Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Played by: Steve Buscemi
Style: Uniform. He’s wearing exactly the same get-up as all the other guys, except that one in the shellsuit, but Mr Pink stands out through sheer force of personality. Okay, so he’s not clad head-to-toe in black à la Johnny Cash, but his white shirt only brings out the cool meanness in him. He’s not a likeable guy – he doesn’t trust anyone and doesn’t tip waitresses – but at least he is consistent. Consistently sweary.
Verdict: Black sheep
1. Dr Ian Malcolm
As seen in: Jurassic Park (1993) and Jurassic Park: The Lost World (1997)
Played by: Jeff Goldblum
Style: So much style it hurts. We have a bit of a thing for Dr Malc here at Ross v Ross Towers, possibly because he’s the one movie character anyone can do an impression of. All you have to do is pause a lot. Apparently Malcolm’s all-black get-up is based on that of real-life German mathematician Heinz-Otto Peitgen, but surely no scientist alive is actually as cool as this. Whether explaining chaos theory with cups of water or quipping about giant dino droppings, no one works the black look like Ian. Probably the coolest character called ‘Ian’ ever.
Verdict: Black beauty
WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTERS WHO WEAR BLACK?