Ewan McGregor, who’s playing the villainous role for the upcoming Birds of Prey movie, already revealed to be another victim of social justice engineering, gave an interview to Men’s Journal that I don’t remember noticing before, where he let slip his political motivations:
And why not play the villain in February’s Birds of Prey—Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn spin-off—where he’ll appear as a murderous rich prick called the Black Mask. McGregor tore into the role with unabashed glee, describing the Black Mask as the perfect villain for “the Time of Trump.” The character is “an absolute narcissist,” he says, “spoiled in his upbringing to the point of having no contact with what life or people are about, who has a skin this thin and wants nothing more than to be the center of attention.” According to online chatter, the Black Mask is also maybe gay, living with his right-hand man, Victor Szasz, played by Argo’s Chris Messina (with awesome bleached-blond hair). Of the gay thing, Messina called to say: “I don’t want to give anything away, but that’s a fun theory. We definitely have a very interesting bond.”
What’s more important than internet rumor, he says, is that McGregor is scary as shit onscreen—precisely for the reasons we first fell in love with him. “He’s an incredible villain because he’s so likable and he’s so seducing,” Messina says. “You’re like, I like him, he’s cute, it’s fun being in his world. And then he’ll bite your leg off. He has these incredible turns of violence, this ferocious quality. There are a couple of moments in the movie where he rages that he really went there, and you could hear a pin drop. Then he would turn on a dime and then go back to the charm of the character.”
I’m not sure what’s worse: that he’s turning Black Mask into a stealth metaphor for Trump, or that Messina describes him offensively as “likeable and cute”. Seriously, I don’t think that’s a very good way to promote villains; in fact, it’s the heroes who should be given more spotlight, not villains.
So now there’s signs this will be just another conservative-bashing film, and reeks of economy character casting, after noticing Messina’s character has the name of The Question’s star character. All in a movie based on a series developed by a right-winger, the great Chuck Dixon. Another reason he’d do better to distance himself from the production.
Originally published here.