Alfred Molina Through His Bad Roles and Good Films
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Alfred Molina Through His Bad Roles and Good Films

Alfred Molina Through His Bad Roles and Good Films, Alfred Molina's Five Film Appearances

Alfred Molina may just be another ordinary face we usually see in the movies but despite his showbiz career doing bad roles he did prove his worth in it which made him earn most villainous parts in films. The good part of doing those bad parts is what enabled him to endure from film to another the reason why we still see him whereas most Hollywood stars has sparkled for awhile and was left and forgotten. Born of an Italian mother and a Spanish father on 24 May 1953, Alfred Molina is a British actor who started out as a mere stand-up comedian on the streets making out life through odd jobs and tips before finding his calling by joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1977. Four years later, he was figured on a short role in “Raiders of the Lost Ark “playing alongside Harrison Ford. From then on he will always be immortalized as that ill-fated guide who deceived Indiana Jones by taking the treasured statue from the latter and leaving him behind at the opening of said movie. Here were five of Alfred Molina’s most significant film appearances over the years if only to show the good side of doing bad parts in movies.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) –This was Alfred Molina’s film debut that launched his career. His role was short but since it was featured at the opening of the film, it had a positive effect more so that it became a cult classic years after aside from the fact that it was the top grossing film of that year which further intensified Harrison Ford’s acting career. His role as a Peruvian guide was more than perfect considering his Spanish features that fit the part.

Species (1995) – This sci-fi horror film was one of the top grossing movies of 1995 and featured a cast of credible stars which included Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Marg Helgenberger and Forest Whitaker. Alfred Molina played anthropologist Dr. Stephen Arden among a team of government specialists assembled to track down a genetically engineered alien that resulted from splicing alien DNA with human DNA which escaped a research facility.

Spider-Man 2 (2004) – Playing his best as Spider-Man’s arch-nemesis Dr. Otto Octavius aka Dr. Octopus, this maybe Alfred Molina’s dream come true of playing superhero only on the bad side. Tobey Maguire playing Spider-Man took a heavy pounding from Dr. Octopus tentacles and their spectacular fighting scene on the commuter train gained such recognition which won the film the Academy Award for Visual Effects.

The Da Vinci Code (2006) – The religious side of Alfred Molina was put to the test as he played Bishop Manuel Aringarosa in this top-grossing film based on Dan Brown’s monumental book with the same title. His credibility even in minor roles has earned him the offer to be lined up with highest paid stars as always. In this film he played alongside Tom Hanks on the lead role with Audrey Tautou, Ian Mc Kellen, Jean Reno, Jurgen Prochnow and Paul Bettany.

Prince of Persia, The Sands of Time (2010) – The Arabic side of Alfred Molina was tried in the desert heat playing Sheikh Amar, a gambling promoter using racing ostriches as amusement in a desert hide-out. This epic film inspired by a video game gave Jake Gyllenhaal a rousing box office performance recognition which surpassed similar attention he gained from the steamy part he played in Brokeback Mountain.

Other Films:

Ladyhawke (1985), Letter to Brezhnev (1985), Prick Up Your Ears (1987), Not Without My Daughter (1991), Maverick (1994), Before and After (1996), Anna Karenina (1997), Chocolat (2000), Texas Rangers (2001).


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TimeOut Film Guide 2011

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Comments (10)

I LOVE watching this guy work. I especially enjoyed him in Frida.

Wow, so Alfred Molina is his name. Parang nakasakay ko siya sa dyip he he (joke) I know this guy from Spiderman and Species movies. Thanks for the info, kabayan.

Thanks for the comments, James, Phoenix.

Thanks for your recommendation. Will check on this film.

This guy is so versatile especially in 'bad guy' roles.

Ranked #16 in TV & Movie Reviews

Excellent actor. I especially like him in Paul Thomas Anderson's film, plus Raiders of the Lost Ark - 'Adios, Satipo!'

Thanks Chan, Ron, Michael. It's funny you still recall his line in "The Lost Ark" Michael.

great summary

Good review. Voted you up on a well done article.


Alfred molina is stuning so gorgeouse