Choose the best cinema maniac

Genius and madness are always closely related to each other: talented people often have mental problems, sometimes serious personality disorder. Actors have to not only fight their own demons, but also try on the hardest images of the maniacs and serial killers. We collected the selection of Hollywood stars who took the risk to get into the role of psychoes. Who made your blood freeze from horror, and who played absolutely unlikely? Vote for or against!

1. Rosamund Pike

Rosamund Pike

She is the only girl of our rating, but she rightfully deserve attention: Rosamund played the role of the prudent and cold-blooded wife who was ready to go very far to avenge the husband betrayal (Ben Affleck). The "Gone Girl" shocked not only spectators, but also critics, and was also awarded with nominations for Golden Globe, Oscar and BAFTA.

2. Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins

For the role of one of the most famous killers of cinema - Hannibal Lecter - Anthony Hopkins not only studied the diaries of real maniacs, but even attended trials. Proceedings brought a stunning result - the picture "The Silence of the Lambs" received 5 "Oscars", including for the best male role.

3. Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson

Stephen King was opposed to the Jack Nicholson`s acting in the screening of his novel «The Shining», finding his face «too crazy». However, the film director Stanley Kubrick ventured: the role of the gradually coming out of mind writer was Nicholson`s, and the picture became cult.

4. Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds

Mentally ill Jerry stopped taking medicine; it led to his beginning to talk with pets and then kill people. Black comedy with Ryan Reynolds in the title role, who, by the way, voiced animals himself, didn`t receive a positive response from critics and was called a "promising but not realized project".

5. James McAvoy

James McAvoy

Initially, the role of Kevin and all his alter-egos was to be played by Joaquin Phoenix, but after actor`s refusal 24 persons were brilliantly created on screen by James. On the McEvoy`s account there have already been several "crazy" images, for example, Professor X and the hero of the movie "Filth", but the actor confessed that the work on "Split" had become the most difficult.

6. Ben Whishaw

Ben Whishaw

Twenty-five young beauties are the price for the fragrance, capable of driving mad. However, a perfumer who decided to put such experiment could be called a madman. Ben Wishaw, for whom it was the first serious role, watched predatory animals to reproduce on the screen the special, not human maniac`s habits.

7. Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood

The film with the spoken name «Maniac» is the remake of the last century eponymous film. Elijah Wood's hero, due to child psychological trauma, can`t enter into romantic relationships with women, instead it he kills them taking off the scalp. Despite the fact that the picture is shot from the murderer's point of view and the maniac`s face we saw only a few times, this insane eyes are remembered for a long time.

8. Christian Bale

Christian Bale

Directors like to offer roles of ladykillers to Leonardo DiCaprio, but the budget of the movie «American Psycho» has greatly grown up after his appearance in the cast. So, Leo has been refused in favor of Christian Bale. Now it's hard to imagine that someone else could play the cold-blooded killer, popular with women.

9. Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas

The role of the plastic surgeon obsessed with creating an ideal skin has become one of the most difficult in Antonio`s career: the actor often played images of machos and loverboys. The deep psychologism of the man who deprived the family and wanted to revenge is a new role. Despite the difficulties, the picture «The skin I live in» was nominated for the «Golden Palm».

10. Gaspard Ulliel

Gaspard Ulliel

We have already mentioned Hannibal Lecter by talented Anthony Hopkins. But if the actor had played the image of the already formed maniac, Gaspard got, perhaps, more difficult task to show on the screen the process of becoming a famous killer. However, the film was still compared to the cultized "The Silence of the Lambs" and even nominated for "Golden Raspberry" as the worst prequel.

11. Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe

Many people consider that the Willem Dafoe`s appearance is ideal for the images of crazy and serial killers. Although in the actor's career there are dramatic and comedic roles, the brightest ones are the madmen. So, for example, it`s Norman Osborn, a scientist who became Green Goblin influenced by preparations in "Spider-Man", or a terrorist from the sequel of the film "Speed".