Matt Gerald looks like a cop, and in the photo to the right he looks like a cop who’s one chromosome away from being an Alaskan vampire. Consequently he’s usually cast as a law-giving type: in the upcoming Choke; in Terminator 3, S.W.A.T, Tigerland, etc. (OK, he was a military officer in Tigerland. Close enough.)

Which makes me wonder about the chief villain in James Cameron’s Avatar, which will be Gerald’s next big role. The casting isn’t big news, mostly because mainstream audiences don’t really know who Gerald is at this point. That could change with Choke, and will almost certainly do so when Cameron’s film hits. Whether he has his actors play stright, in makeup or behind CGI, Cameron knows how to turn a regular old badge into a memorable bastard.