Sometimes, they steal it before the film even begins. The Hollywood Reporter posts that Justin Theroux has joined Your Highness. David Gordon Green's comedy follows Danny McBride's lazy prince as he sets out to save his father's kingdom. Theroux will be "Leezar, an evil wizard with a bejeweled magical staff" who kidnaps the virginal princess (Zooey Deschanel) -- bride of James Franco. Luckily, he doesn't steal Natalie Portman's character, because there is no way that a princess would be fighting her way out of Theroux confinement to be with McBride. Heck, even with Franco, I'm already rooting for Leezar.
And this certainly isn't the first time. I found it impossible to root for Harrison Ford in Air Force One when Gary Oldman's Ivan Korshunov was so much more charismatic and fun. The scene that remains burned in my memory these 12 years later? The disappointment that Korshunov was foiled by President Marshall.
Or, what about Danny Huston's Arthur Burns in The Proposition? From the moment he came on the screen, Huston balanced this insane mixture of evil madness and relatable charm. It was just as easy to love Burns as it was to loathe him and his atrocious and violent acts.
But what about you? Did you root for Agent Smith in The Matrix? Were you one of the people who watched Toy Soldiers only to root for the bad guys and watch Wesley Crusher die? When do you side with the bad guy?