He is a hit-man and his signature weapon is a captive bolt stunner. He is never seen to display remorse or guilt and he flips a coin to decide the fate of his victims. The character Anton Chigurh from the film ‘No Country for Old Men’ was listed as the most realistic and classic psychopath. The character was played by the actor Javier Bardem where he was awarded an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for his performance in this film.
The film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and it is an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel ‘No Country for Old Men’. The character has been included on numerous list of greatest villains from all time and imaged as the most realistic psychopath.
He approaches murder with an unnatural sense of sanity and he is perfectly happy to empty his trademark bolt pistol without so much as a cringe. Chigurh always seems to appear effectively impenetrable and immune to any kind of emotion or humanity.
A Belgian psychiatry professor Samuel Leistedt conducted a test to find out which movie characters manifested psychopathic attributes best. Among 400 movies from 1915 to 2010, he chose Anton Chigurh from ‘No Country for Old Men’ was the most realistic psychopath.
He has his own twisted set of morals and his reasons to kill victims are at times abstract. Chigurh marked himself as a hand of fate and he gives many of his victims a chance to survive by flipping coins or by making deals either personally. In the film, he kills or tries to kill almost every person he meets and he is represented as having a great deal of sufferance.