One of my favorite actors of the 1920’s has to be Fritz Rasp. He was a German Expressionist actor who appeared in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, and George Wilhelm Pabst’s Diary of a Lost Girl. He has got to be one of the creepiest actors I have ever seen. He exudes menace and casual sadism. He doesn’t smile often, and that is a good thing, because Fritz was even creepier when he smiled. I believe his sinister presence in Metropolis with that unforgettable hat was an inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of the Joker. Find those films and see if you don’t agree. Fritz is quite the ubermensch, and it gives me a shiver to know that he walked the same streets as Adolf Hitler. They may even have met.
And then there is Viggo. We know him well, or do we? Could he be Fritz Rasp’s grandson? Look at them, the resemblance is uncanny. If anyone is thinking of filming a biography of Fritz Rasp, Viggo is your guy! Actually a film bio of Louise Brooks is much more likely, and Fritz seduces Louise’ character in Diary of a Lost Girl. Viggo Mortensen isn’t as creepy as Fritz, but you got to admit, they look like each other.