“The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow’r,
And all that beauty, all that wealth e’er gave,
Awaits alike th’inevitable hour.
The paths of glory lead but to the grave.”
One of my favorite villains is General Paul Mireau from Paths of Glory, directed by Stanely Kubrick. He is played by George Macready who has a knack for playing a polished villain, and puts such authentic malice into his character. It’s rare to find an actor who can play a cold villain under a guise of traditional righteousness without making it cartoonish.
Another plus to Macready is he’s friends with one of my favorite actors of all time:VINCENTMOTHERFUCKINGPRICE.
A little quote snippet for your pleasure:
General Mireau: I can’t understand these armchair officers, fellas trying to fight a war from behind a desk, waving papers at the enemy, worrying about whether a mouse is gonna run up their pants leg.
Colonel Dax: I don’t know, General. If I had the choice between mice and Mausers, I think I’d take the mice every time.
General Mireau: If those little sweethearts won’t face German bullets, they’ll face French ones!