Post 2 in my fantasy “Who would I cast?” Series.
I considered Jim Carrey, but even if he tempered his whole wacky Jim Carrey schtick with his “Wow, he’s really good in that” serious Jim Carrey Schtick, I’m not buying him as well-intentioned and charming but ultimately evil.
No, the role would require someone who could commit mass slaughter with twinkle in his eye, and convince you that it was for the best. He’d have to be charming but dangerous, and I think Jeff Bridges would be well/suited to the role.
I could easily see JB in the role of eccentric middle-aged tycoon Richard Kryuss. Grizzled and cool, funny but with a (very) dark side. You’d be forced to like him.