Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Suave actor Ricardo Montalban dies

I remember watching The Wrath of Khan at a drive-in theatre when I was young. Khan was scary in a way that horror-movie monsters weren't. He was, essentially, a human being gone berserk. Montalban was such a good actor, he really made you believe there was a whacked-out madman running around up there. For me, as a writer, that drove home the point that if you want to truly terrify your audience, you have to make them empathize with the villain ... put them into a space where they could imagine feeling what he feels. Then you've got 'em. If a door slams in that story, they'll jump.

Suave actor Ricardo Montalban dies
Ricardo Montalban, the suave leading man who was one of the first Mexican-born actors to make it big in Hollywood and who was best known for his roles as Mr. Roarke on ABC's "Fantasy Island" and the villainous Khan of the "Star Trek" franchise, died Wednesday. He was 88.
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