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Five Favorite John Malkovich Roles


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Tonight at 10:15 p.m. ET, you can watch John Malkovich as a king. Granted his regal bearing and incredible on-camera poise makes him always seem regal, but tonight in “The Libertine” he plays Charles II, the King of England.

In the film, Malkovich’s Charles II calls his friend John Wilmot (Johnny Depp), the second Earl of Rochester, back to court from exile. He quickly realizes it was a terrible idea as Wilmot, a well-respected poet and author, has become notorious for his promiscuity and almost self-destructive pursuit of pleasure, and is more interested in making a name for himself and scoring with the ladies than being a good friend. Charles II has no choice but to exile Wilmot again after he produces a scathing stage satire of the King’s court. Wilmot’s escapades take a turn for the worse after he’s kicked out of court again – and his body and mind start succumbing to the ravages of syphilis, forcing him to take solace in drink, because penicillin didn’t exist yet.

Malkovich, who portrayed Wilmot on stage at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, also served as one of the film’s producers and personally brought the director Laurence Dunmore on board after working with him on a commercial. Malkovich takes his movies seriously and his dedication shows in his ability to elevate even the most humble roles to brilliant heights.

Here are five of our favorite John Malkovich roles:

5. Cyrus ‘The Virus’ Grissom in “Con Air”

4. Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont in “Dangerous Liaisons”

3. Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau in “Shadow of the Vampire”

2. Osborne Cox in “Burn After Reading”

1. John Malkovich in “Being John Malkovich”

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“The Libertine” airs tonight at 10:15 PM ET

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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