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Why facial scarring persists as lazy shorthand for Hollywood bad guys

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From Bond to Star Wars, Frankenstein to the Avengers, cinema has a troubling history of identifying evil characters by giving them welts, blemishes or scars It’s as old as cinema itself: if you want to drive home a bad guy’s nefarious nature, give them a big facial scar. From Darth Vader to The Lion King’s imaginatively named Scar, for as long as films have existed, film-makers have conflated disfigurement with mental instability or malevolence. The trope is still going strong in Avengers: Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story – physical otherness equals evil. It goes back a long way: in 1926, Nosferatu gave
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