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Playing the Heavy (as per TRS)
A replacement for The Heavy page, which contains the proper definition of the actor jargon term.
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(permanent link) added: 2013-05-09 19:40:32 sponsor: WaxingName (last reply: 2013-05-09 19:40:32)

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"Playing the Heavy" is a theatre phrase that refers to actors who play the villain in a play. The term dates back to the 1800s, since the actor playing the villain tended to get the heaviest script.

"The Heavy" would get the heaviest script since in the story, his actions tended to drive the plot, and then there's the whole deal of the villain getting all the best lines, and the best moments to show off being overly dramatic.
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