Worst of them all, in fact, is Special Deputy Charlie Rakes, a vile government agent who easily ranks among the scariest bad guys on the screen this year -- not only for his cruel demeanor, but also for the fact that he could not care less about being an officer whose job is to protect people.
Expertly played by acclaimed actor Guy Pearce, Rakes is a lawless law enforcement officer whose sole existence is to intimidate, extort and hold sway over law breakers for personal gain.
While the Bondurants were based on real-life brothers, Pearce said Rakes came mostly from the imagination of the film's screenwriter Nick Cave.
came from Nick Cave's head and is really the greatest difference between the script and the book.
He's referenced in the book and obviously had a big effect on their lives, but he doesn't quite have the personality in the book that Charlie Rakes
in the film does," Pearce explained.
comes in, he
looks at them as folks to be squashed.