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Poor Tom Felton! I don’t know that he’s particularly icky in his own right, but he seems to be typecast playing icky men in historical costume movies. Or maybe he seeks out these roles? No clue, except it seems he pops up in them over and over again! If there’s a slimy, sickly, nasty guy in a frock coat, chances are, Tom Felton will be cast in that role. I thought it started after his portrayal of teenage arch-villain Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, which, while not historical, had a lot of overlap in terms of actors. But upon closer inspection, he’s played sickly, sad little boys and men his whole career. Ew!
Louis in Anna and the King (1999)
Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series (2001-2011)
Viscount Trencavel in Labyrinth (2012)
Camille in In Secret (2013)
James Ashford in Belle (2013)
Lucius in Risen (2016)
Rufus Lancaster in A United Kingdom (2016)
Laertes in Ophelia (2018)
Tony Turner in The Forgotten Battle (2020)
Have you noticed sad lil’ Tom Felton in all these bad-boy historical roles?