Excerpt from Interview with Ben Mendelsohn,
Star of “Animal Kingdom”
BM: Through this thing I was thinking about John
Calvin's idea, you know, that the good are predestined, you know, and so are the
evil. These are the damned. They're damned in their lives.
There's no escape. There is no out. The hellish inferno of things
BM: Yeah, you're right. Now that I think about
it, it's a good question (observation).
He knows he doesn't love his Mom. He doesn't
love any of the gang. He certainly doesn’t love any woman.
probably when he was younger, when he was the kid's age (referring to the
youngest of the gang, who was about 20).
And now he feels the incredible loss of potency.
incredibly transformative moment, when he feels the incredible loss, playing this
harpsichord of aggravation and failure, which is why he's becoming so
dangerous---which is why he's now becoming so absolutely demonic.
and I'd venture to say that you'd be hard-pressed to find a more corrupted
Bad guys are important,
in a literary sense,
and historically there are many great representations.
Like James Cagney (referring to an earlier reference).
But ours are compelling because they are so bad.
and that's what we're talking about here. Utter depravity.
yes, I am very interested in the philosophical explanation.
Ron Salfen, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church,
For “The Presbyterian Outlook”