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Ron Perlman’s 10 Best Tough Guy Roles

Ron Perlman joins Marc for the two-part Maron series finale tonight at 9P on IFC.

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The problem with picking Ron Perlman’s most badass tough guy roles is that they’re all pretty badass. With his barrel-chested frame and deep baritone voice, Perlman brings a menacing quality to almost any part. (Even the Beast in the cheesy Beauty and the Beast TV series.) Dating back to guest spots on The Fall Guy and Miami Vice, this guy has played a lot of tough SOBs. With Perlman set to stop by the two-part Maron series finale tonight, we thought it was time to celebrate everyone’s favorite heavy. Here are the ten most kick ass parts he’s ever played. Let’s hope Marc is ready to throw down.

10. The Lich, Adventure Time

A major villain in the mythology of Adventure Time, The Lich is the personification of evil, and one of Perlman’s most deliciously wicked parts.


9. Corin, Conan the Barbarian

When you need to cast the father of one of the most iconic warriors in the history of pop culture, there’s just one man for the job: King Perlman.


8.  Johner, Alien: Resurrection

While not the most popular edition in the Alien franchise, Perlman still proves that nothing scares him. Not a pissed off Xenomorph, heights or even spiders. (Click here to see all airings of Alien Resurrection on IFC.)


7. Reinhardt, Blade II

Perlman rarely gets to play the Big Bad. More often than not, he’s at home as one of the henchmen, who puts up an epic fight before meeting his untimely end. But he always goes out fighting.


6. Nino, Drive

Perlman’s jumpy wise guy offers a nice counterbalance to Albert Brooks’ low key menace in this acclaimed 2011 crime film. Watching the duo work together makes us pine for a Nino/Bernie prequel.


5. Koulikov, Enemy at the Gates

Perlman shows off his dramatic chops in this epic war film, playing a soldier haunted by his past, and maybe his future.


4. Gunnar, Outlander

Perlman got to play the chieftain of a destroyed Viking village in this 2008 sci-fi flick, who unleashed his wrath in one of the great fight scenes of the actor’s career.


3. Hellboy

Perhaps Perlman’s most famous role, Hellboy may be lovable, but never doubt that the prophesied end of humanity is still an ass-kicking machine in a red package.


2. Justice, Afro Samurai

Justice is Afro Samurai’s most feared foe, a diseased killer who decapitated Afro Samurai’s father, to claim his power. You don’t want to stand between this psycho and the Number One Headband. (Trust us. It makes sense. Just watch the show.)


1. Clay Morrow, Sons of Anarchy

And then there’s Clay, Sons of Anarchy‘s hero turned main villain, who isn’t afraid to put you down if you get in his way.

Watch Maron get some manly advice from Ron Perlman and M.C. Gainey tonight at 9P on IFC. 

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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