It’s bizarre that such a reliably revolting and devious character as Bruce Robertson in Filth is occasionally able to elicit sympathy.
Then, just as he’s shown a glimmer of his deeply-buried humanity, he immediately reverts to type and screws someone over.
It’s hard to overstate just how loathesome the man is, his deeds pretty much beggars belief.
I was often left wondering just why he was doing it all? What drove him to frame someone, or have sex with someone’s wife, etc. Surely not just ambition.
It became clear that he was dealing with his own pain in an extremely warped manner, subconsciously hoping that by passing the parcel he’d be left without the central issue still to deal with.
I sincerely hope nobody ever thinks of him as an anti-hero, he’s just too vile. But there’s still a part of me that feels a little sorry for him. He’s truly pathetic.