Flawed, confused and broken — today’s lead characters are not all about being perfect .
IT may have been panned by critics, but there is no denying the fact that the heavyweight cast in today’s big release, Suicide Squad, marks the rise of the anti-hero. Television, too, has its fair share, with some of our favourite series—plus new and upcoming ones—having roped in top-billed actors to play the good guys but with flaws. Read on.
The 32-year-old plays Piper Chapman in Orange Is The New Black, the comedy drama series on Netflix. Once the good girl (in season one), the actress—who made a brief appearance in Ben Affleck’s political thriller, Argo—is currently seeing changes in her TV role. In season four, Chapman is rising up the ranks in prison, running a successful business and making enemies . How much more of her dark side will we see?
Luke Cage, the third instalment in a series of shows by Marvel before the Defenders miniseries, sees Colter playing the ultimate anti-hero. Luke Cage once served prison, but now fights crime with the help of his superhuman powers and unbreakable skin, abilities he is still trying to adjust to.
Even if it’s the Pope we are talking about, can we expect him to be clean? In The Young Pope, the upcoming series on HBO, Law plays Pope Pius XIII, a chain-smoking pontiff who is also the hope for millions of Catholics. Battling dark secrets from his past, it remains to be seen how he overcomes his problems, while playing such a powerful and complex character.
In its second season, which started last month, Mr Robot sees a darker, more gripping storyline—partly thanks to Malek, who plays the flawed cyber-vigilante, Elliot Alderson. His character battles social anxiety disorder and clinical depression, but uses his technical digital expertise to help a team of hackers wipe out global consumer debt.
The Friends star, who played the good guy Ross in the cult comedy series, is now playing Tommy Moran, an alcoholic and the father of a ten-year-old boy, in AMC’s Feed The Beast. A broken man after the death of his wife, he is trying to come to grips with his past, even as he sets out to open his first restaurant with his friend, Dion Patras (played by Jim Sturgess) and take on New York’s underbelly of petty criminals.
— Compiled by Karan Pillai