>• The Brit, 46, plays a villain in Robin Hood—plus Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass and 2011’s Green Lantern.
THE BALDER THE BADDER
Having no hair helps, not just in creating an intimidating look but in making it extremely easy for me to wear wigs.
All the best bad guys are ambitious narcissists. In Sherlock, my character wants to take over the world, which, let’s face it, all good villains should want to do.
LEARN TO DISTRACT
I have two little boys. If they’re in a torment because one has taken the other’s sword, I’ll say, “Look, there’s a lizard!” They forget the sword even existed.