Professor Goldthwaite Higginson Dorr (Tom Hanks) – The Ladykillers (2004)
Dorr is an uncommonly erudite adversary. His old-school decorum and stalwart manners suggest a gentleman, but in fact they mask a fiendish criminal mind.
Bewitching unsuspecting stooges with his phony authority, dandyish bravado and mastery of language, he’ll ingratiate himself into homes from which to pull off the next big heist.
Beauty: 4, unless the Colonel Sanders floats your boat
Hopes for better, ends up worse with...
Marylin Hamilton Rexroth Doyle Massey (Catherine Zeta-Jones) – Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
What better match for a ladykiller than an expert man-eater?
Marilyn seeks out the wealthiest, vainest husbands. Once she’s got ’em, she puts them where they’re most useful – between a rock and a hard place.
Eventually, she knows, they’ll stray from the matrimonial bed. They always do...and that’s when she pounces.
Brains and beauty – it’s a formidable combination.
Smooth-talker: 10 – just the one language, but it’s the language of luurve
Let battle commence...
It’s a battle of the sexes, this one.
Marylin’s gaffe is the perfect base for Dorr’s latest job – but she’s done her homework and knows //exactly// what’s at stake.
So, while Dorr’s turning on the old-school charm to gain access to Marylin’s house, she’s giving an equally assured performance as his loved-up fiancé.
They wed: the day of the big job. Dorr tunnels into a neighbouring house and comes back with millions in diamonds. But Marylin’s waiting at the entrance: she knocks him cold and films him inflagrante with a hired prostitute.
For the lawyers, it’s an open-and-shut case of infidelity – and Marylin gets the diamonds in the divorce settlement.