John Malkovich, Arrr You Joining NBC’s Pirate Drama ‘Crossbones’? (Yes. He Is.)

John Malkovich

How well might John Malkovich fare on the high seas? We’ve seen him handle himself quite capably in the face of zombies (Warm Bodies), robot aliens (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), compulsive gamblers (Rounders), and fathers who disapprove of their son’s careers in illusionism (The Great Buck Howard). But as the lead character Blackbeard on NBC’s upcoming pirate drama Crossbones, the actor will have a new set of challenges.

Mainly, the hair. TVLine reports that Malkovich has signed on to star in the 10 episode action-adventure series as the nefarious Edward Teach, a role for which Hugh Laurie was previously in negotiations — and we’re a bit worried that the crome dome thespian won’t be able to uphold the wily tresses of the maritime criminal. Aside from his eponymous chin protector, Blackbeard sported a vast array of jagged braids, ponytails, cowlicks, you name it. Let’s hope Malkovich has a good wig guy.

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[Photo Credit: Todd Williamson/AP Photo]


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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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