It’s always somewhat depressing when a masterful older actor who’s enjoying one of those rare late-period career grooves accepts a straight paycheck job as a villain in an empty-ass franchise flick.
I mean, just reading the damn trade stories about same deflates your world. Oh, that’s right, you tell yourself — I forgot that what a pleasure it is to watch amazingly talented performers punch a clock and debase themselves. Every so often, life requires us to bend over and hold our noses in order to pay the bills, but it’s extra-gloomy when guys like William Hurt succumb.
Here’s an indication of what Hurt is facing and why he’s more open than usual to straight-paycheck jobs.