Part of a series on The Wolfman
|Played by||Anthony Hopkins|
|Films||The Wolfman (2010)|
|“||Lo and behold, the prodigal son returns.||”|
– John welcoming Lawrence Talbot.
As opposed to the character in the original film, who plays a minor role and is remorseful in personality, Talbot is very disturbing and unforgiving. He was the father of Lawrence Talbot.
He had heard of a lycanthrope many, many years ago, and he and his friends (being great hunters) went in search of one that was rumored to live in a cave in a far away place. While alone, Sir John found the cave, and inside was a Feral Boy. The boy bit him in the arm, and he returned to his camp and friends thinking it had all been a silly wild goose chase.
When he returned home that night, he transformed and ripped out his wife’s throat -- that was the scene Lawrence had stumbled upon -- not the mother’s suicide, but Sir John in wolf form over the dead body of his mother. All these years since then, Singh has faithfully locked him in the basement cell whenever the moon was full.
When Ben got engaged to Gwen, Sir John was stunned by how much she looked like the mother, and he was attracted to her, and it seemed to “awaken” him again. When Ben said he would move away with Gwen, Sir John couldn’t stand the thought of it, so he got drunk and angry one night and he was so belligerent when Singh went to lock him up that Sir John managed to escape, and that is the night he killed Ben.
Lawrence steps out of the coach and enters the Manor, and we see it is in terrible disrepair. Broken furniture, dirt and cobwebs litter the front hall, leading to a large central staircase. As Lawrence enters and begins to ascend the stairs, a large dog growls menacingly and nearly attacks him. The dog is stopped by a man’s voice at the top of the stairs.
Lawrence looks up and says “hello father.” Anthony Hopkins appears as Sir John Talbot. He greets Lawrence rather coolly by saying, “I wonder what you looked like.” Sir John has to calm the dog many times throughout the next 5 minutes -- it is obvious the dog is vicious.
Ben's body, found the day before, has been stored at a slaughterhouse. When Lawrence views his brother's remains, he is horrified, The body is completely mauled. Among Ben's personal effects is a medallion that Ben apparently purchased from gypsies.
Sir John Talbot's Sikh manservant, Singh, shows Lawrence the silver bullets he has and implies that something monstrous - John - is loose in Blackmoor. Inspector Aberline arrives to investigate the recent murders. He suspects Lawrence is responsible based on his mental history and masterful portrayals of mentally-ill protagonists such as Hamlet and Macbeth. As the night draws near, several hunters from the town take position in the woods, waiting for the beast to appear so they may capture it.
The next day Lawrence is out walking and Gwen joins him. They have a nice moment together as he teaches her to skip rocks on the pond. Suddenly Lawrence hears horses approaching, and the local priest has arrived with a posse of men, including the Inspector’s doctor. They call Lawrence cursed and unusually healed, and try to take him away by force while the priest rambles on about curses and such. Sir John appears with a hunting rifle and scares them off.
Worried about what might happen, Lawrence sends Gwen away. He then follows Sir John talbot to Solana's crypt. He tells Lawrence that he has been "dead" for years, then locks himself into the room alone. Lawrence then undergoes a very painful transformation into the Wolfman before running off into the woods and killing the hunters stationed there.
The next morning Lawrence awakens outside his home under a tree, and Sir John is there grinning at him. Lawrence is covered in blood, his clothes shredded. As he begins to realize what has happened it is obvious Sir John is reveling in it. The villagers come for Lawrence and Sir John does not stop them this time. Lawrence surrenders, still in a stupor.
Lawrence arrives at night and sneaks into the manor, and immediately finds the faithful Singh, gutted. He goes to Singh’s room and finds the silver bullets and loads them into a rifle. He confronts his father in the parlor. Sir John is clearly crazy and has also killed one of the police guards.
Lawrence tells Sir John he has come to kill him, and Sir John asks if the rifle contains Singh's silver bullets. He is proud when Lawrence says yes. He dares his son to shoot him and when Lawrence pulls the trigger, he learned that Sir John had found the bullets years ago and emptied them of their powder.
At first, Sir Talbot proves to be the powerful of the two monsters, but Lawrence would gain the upper hand by kicking his evil father into the fireplace, where he starts to move around roaring in pain caused by the flames. At that point, Lawrence kills his father by slashing him in the stomach and then by decapitating him as revenge for killing his mother and brother and cursing him.