13JEFF GOLDBLUM AS THE ARCHITECT
Helmut Bakaitis, a German actor, was cast as the ominously named Architect in the somewhat unfortunate sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Not surprisingly, given the name, The Architect was the creator of the Matrix
and is actually a computer program himself. As such, he doesn’t show much emotion at all and speaks mostly in a dry monotone, in language that isn’t exactly conversational.
But why can’t a computer program, even one meant to value logic over all else, have some modicum of emotion written into him? Even if it’s not real emotion, at least a little personality? And that’s where our choice, the always eclectic Jeff Goldblum, comes in. Imagine his more musical readings of lines like, “You are the eventuality of an anomaly,” and “Your five predecessors were, by design, based on a similar predication, a contingent affirmation that was meant to create a profound attachment to the rest of your species, facilitating the function of The One.”