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You're heir to my kingdom, Lawrence. You've always been heir to my kingdom!
~ Sir John Talbot before transforming for the last time

Sir John Talbot is the main antagonist of the 2010 remake of the groundbreaking 1941 horror classic The Wolf Man.

He was portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, who also played Hannibal Lecter.

Role in the remake

During a hunting expedition, Sir John was led into a cave where a lycanthropic feral boy attacked and bit him. He dismissed the bite as a mere wound, but one month after the bite when he returned home, he transformed into a werewolf and murdered his wife Solana in front of his son Lawrence Talbot (the protagonist of the film)-as well as a farmer, Quinn Noddy, and his livestock. Sir John had Lawrence locked away at an asylum where he was mentally and physically tortured. He had his servant, Singh, lock him up every full moon night after that. Despite admitting to having considered suicide, he ultimately embraced his inner beast.

Twenty-five years later, one night, after having a drunken argument with his other son Ben Talbot, regarding his fiancee Gwen. Singh tried to sedate him but was knocked unconscious. Because of knocking Singh out, Sir John wasn't able to lock himself up. That night, Sir John transformed into a werewolf and killed Ben.

Lawrence returns to Blackmoor for his brother's funeral and decides to help investigate Ben's death. He visits a gypsy camp where a lynch mob was accusing the gypsies of being responsible. Sir John, as a werewolf, attacks and bites Lawrence after killing several gypsies and members of the lynch mob alike, leading up to the events when Lawrence went on a bloody rampage one month later.

The next day, Sir John encounters the now human Lawrence and, realizing that Lawrence is now a werewolf, sends him back to the same Asylum as years before. During this time Sir John succumbs to the power of the werewolf, kills Singh and focuses on controlling his power for his own needs. Sir John visits the Asylum revealing he's behind everything and tries to force his son Lawrence into joining him, but Lawrence refuses.

Lawrence would later escape the Asylum and confront his father back in their mansion. Lawrance finds Singh's gun with silver bullets. He attempts to shoot his father, only to learn the powder was taken from the bullets years before and as the full moon arises, they both turn into werewolves and start attacking each other. At first, Sir John 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.