Scar – Denzel Washington
How do you follow Jeremy Irons? His turn as Scar provided perhaps the greatest Disney villain of all time. Cunning, regal and flat out scary. Well, my thought is, do something completely different. It goes without saying that Washington is a great actor. He’s one of the most iconic of all time. However, he is often typecast as a hero, and when he’s gotten to step outside of that, he’s really shined. He even won an Oscar for it in Training Day. What makes him so terrifying is how collected he is, even when he gets angry. There’s always a sense that he’s in complete control, which to me is the essence of Scar. I get chills just thinking about him delivering “long live the king.” I’m not sure if he can sing, but if he can, he could give the role a new spin that could equal Irons. Not to mention, he has star power for days.
Honorable Mentions: Giancarlo Esposito, Idris Elba (although come on, he can’t play every Disney villain, that’s cheating at this point.)