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While many actors are worried about getting type cast, Dabney Coleman states that ‘he has played good guys and nice guys, but the truth is I’d rather be nasty than nice. The bad guys are always better written and more fun to play.’ In Tootsie, he plays the arrogant, womanizing director who cannot figure out why Dorothy (Dustin Hoffman) is the one woman he cannot seduce into liking him. Incidentally, he is dating and mistreating the woman Dorothy likes. In a very similar role, Coleman plays Frank, the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot, in Nine to Five. He just may change his ways when the female employees teach him a valuable lesson. In Dragnet, he plays the sleazy owner of a skin magazine who has an annoying lisp. His mansion and life are almost destroyed by the P.A.G.A.N gang, who attempt to rid the city of Los Angeles of sleaze. In Wargames, it is his idea to use the Whopper Computer System instead of real people to launch missiles in time of war. In this role he has trouble admitting he is wrong although he is mostly responsible for almost causing a war.
Much like Dabney Coleman, James Spader has stated that ‘he does not mind playing a real son-of-b///h and he is a nice guy real life.’ In a personal favorite, Pretty in Pink, he plays, Steff, a spoiled rich guy who cannot except rejection from Andie (Molly Ringwald). When she ends up dating his friend, Blane (Andrew McCarthy) he does nothing but interfere, telling him the girl the is beneath himm. In the end, Blane realizes that Steff only disapproves of her because she is the one person he could not buy. Spader teams up with McCarthy again in the movie Mannequin, where he plays Mr. Richards, and once again interferes with Jonathan’s (McCarthy) relationship. Mr. Richards is involved with kidnapping the mannequin, Jonathan is in love with, in order to convince him to leave the company he is employed by. In the movie Baby Boom he has a smaller part, but once again makes an impact as Ken, the man J.C. (Diane Keaton) trains as an advertising executive. Then when she takes time off to care for the baby she inherits, he sees it as his opportunity to undermine her and steal her job. In the movie Wolf he exposes his true nature as Stewart. He once again plays a climber backstabbing his good friend and mentor, Will (Jack Nicholson), by stealing his job and his wife. Unfortunately for him, Will has a loud bark and strong bite.
(Continued in Part 4)