Pablo Schreiber, The Actor
Actor Pablo Schreiber often portrays the bad guy role on TV and in film. Sometimes I was not even able to watch an entire TV episode of Law & Order SVU because his acting was so believable as a very bad guy. In spite of that, I sensed that underneath his terrifying character portrayal there is a real-life nice guy. The following quote by Schreiber, explains it best in his own words and tends to confirm my gut feeling about him as a person and his outstanding acting ability.
“. . . . If there is a reason I’m able to make unsympathetic characters human, it’s because it’s my desire to find what drives the unsympathetic behavior. Almost always at the bottom of it is some deep insecurity. Putting your finger on what each individual’s particular insecurity is goes a long way to fleshing that person out.” Quote by Pablo Schreiber from IMBd
Pablo Schreiber Acting Projects
I have by no means seen all of Pablo Schreiber’s work. For an extensive list of his theatrical, TV and film acting, go to IMBd-Pablo Schreiber . To keep it simple, I will focus on two of his projects, one a TV series of several episodes that Schreiber is a guest actor in and the other, a recent film.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Seven Episodes in Season 14 and 15
First is the series of Law & Order SVU episodes based upon a man, William Lewis who was a “serial rapist, serial killer, serial kidnapper, and sadist (later a spree rapist and spree killer)”. Quote from Law & Order
Den of Thieves, 2018
Here I will explore Pablo Schreiber’s role in the intricate, keep-um-guessing, cops and robbers film, Den of Thieves with Gerald Butler, O’Shea Jackson Jr. son of Ice Cube and Jordan Bridges, son of Beau Bridges.
Schreiber is the organizer of a recently gathered crime gang composed of military buddies and athletic pals. The story is about a heist planned by a seemingly insignificant character, Donnie Wilson played by O’Shea Jackson Jr. Their target is the Federal Reserve Bank in Los Angeles. The theme and precision timing action make for on-the-edge-of-your-seat entertainment.
The story pits this gang against the Los Angeles Sherriff’s office, the bad guys versus the good guys. But the movie juxtaposes their leaders, ‘Big Nick’ O’Brien played by Gerald Butler, and Merriman, played by Pablo Schreiber to illustrate that there is little difference between them. Both are violent, adrenaline junkie action seekers festooned with beards and plenty of tattoos. They will stop at nothing.
“A psychotic oil matriarch leaves the whole industry exposed when she attempts to outfight a bullish farmer whose water has been poisoned.” Quote from IMDb description of the movie
Director: Edward James Olmos
Writer: Robert McEveety
Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Pablo Schreiber, Alfred Molina
Who do you think will play the “bullish farmer”? Will Pablo Schreiber be the hero or the villain? We will just have to wait until the movie comes out. I can hardly wait. How about you?
Sources and Resources
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT: ‘Psycho/Therapist’ Photo Preview