• ZoeZ

    He did play an excellent villain–he was great at achieving this vibe of charisma papered over malevolent weakness, and his work as Cy Tolliver was terrific. This is a lovely tribute to an actor I’ll miss.

    • Did he ever work with Michael Ironside? If those two got into any kind of fight, I would flee the time zone.

      • Drunk Napoleon
      • ZoeZ

        @tristannankervis:disqus beat me to it, so I’ll just add: with bonus Walter Hill.

        • GAAAH. One of the truly great action movies of the 80s, and in fact of all time.

          • Miller

            Said this at the AVC obituary, but the fact that said obituary mentions Sin City instead of this masterpiece of ownage is so, so fucking wrong.

          • Back on the Walter Hill primer, someone, possibly you, said there was so much testosterone in this movie that putting it on your Netflix queue will get you pregnant. (Ironside, Booth, Rip Torn, Nick Nolte at the height of his powers, William Forsythe, Clancy Brown, Tiny Lister, everyone caught up in Walter Hill channeling Sam Peckinpah.)

          • Miller

            I wish I could claim credit for that line! I remembered it last night too, and it is not wrong.

  • The DCAU/TimmVerse, with Andrea Romano as casting director, was possibly the best cast animated set of shows ever. And casting Boothe as Grodd was one example. He embodied the voice of a super-smart talking gorilla without sounding too much like a gorilla (the way that the rather eh voice work for Grodd sounds on The Flash). You believed this was no ordinary supersmart ape, the same way that going with Michael Ironside for Darkseid avoided the cliche of “he sounds like a rock.”

    Anyway, I feel like I should know Boothe’s work from something besides Justice League, but that is what I think of when I think of him. RIP.

  • DJ JD

    I have no trouble at all picturing the man playing Shakespeare. He could bring gravity and – like you said – ominous malice to practically any scene. Even something as obviously sub-par as the Sin City sequel, where he specifically was given jack-all to do in ways that worked directly against the established character, he sold it. In a way, I actually tend to think of Sin City 2: Sin Citier as “his role” because him nailing Curly Bill seems like a gimme (good script, great cast, director with a plan in his head) but him not being embarrassed by 2 Sin 2 City is a real accomplishment.