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Digital Subscriptions > Newsweek International > 10th March 2017 > Monsters, Inc. John Malkovich is about to play a dictator. Time to talk bad guys

Monsters, Inc. John Malkovich is about to play a dictator. Time to talk bad guys

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@IsabelLloyd

+ POWER PLAY: The actor John Malkovich, who’ll soon be on tour as the ictional totalitarian Satur Diman Cha.
PHIL FISK

JOHN MALKOVICH is very good at being bad. His Broadway breakthrough came in 1984 when, aged 31, he played the easygoing football lunk Biff in Death of a Salesman, and he’s said that his favorite part was poor, tragic Lennie in Of Mice and Men (1992). But that’s not what he’s remembered for. Think of Malkovich and odds are, you’ll picture his languid sexual predator Valmont, blotting Michelle Pfeifer’s innocence just for the hell of it in Dangerous Liaisons (1988), or Mitch Leary, wheedling and psychotic in In the Line of Fire (1993). Now, though, he’s really getting into bad, the kind of bad that steps out of the movies and messes up real life: He’s about to play a dictator.

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