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KEN HUTCHISON STICKS OUT IN GANDHI

Screen Shot 2018-08-04 at 12.50.23 PMACTOR: Ken Hutchison PROJECT: Gandhi YEAR: 1982 CHARACTER: Police Sergeant KNOWN FOR: Straw Dogs, Ladyhawke, The Wrath of God, Sweeney 2, I Am A Groupie  INTRO: British actor but in this case director Richard Attenborough may just have known to cast one of England’s more sinister yet underrated and mostly unknown to mainstream audiences bad guy’s bad guy in his epic biopic of Mahatma Gandhi. If he didn’t, we realized it, and Ken Hutchison appears in an early scene when the famous peace activist from India was a lawyer, with hair. TRAITS: Hutchison, our favorite heavy in STRAW DOGS, plays a police sergeant with a villainous mustache in South Africa, making sure a protest against English rule forbidding Indians riding first class on trains, by burning “passes of our committee and their supporters,” doesn’t pan out, and slugs Ben Kingsley’s title character with a nightstick, several times but, ultimately, to no avail. Gandhi still manages to burn his pass albeit extremely beaten, as Hutchison’s character is on the wrong side of history and yet seems to savor every second. CLOSING: One can only imagine if Ken’s character, years later as a retired cop sitting in a tavern, watches Gandhi on television or before, while reading about his success, realizes, I Knew Him Then. In a roundabout way, that formidable Police Sergeant paved the way for the freedom of India.

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