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For such a renowned nice guy, Alan Alda sure loves to play some sleazebag roles. A quick glance at his résumé will reveal that he’s been a self-loathing, lecherous, alcoholic surgeon (M.A.S.H.), a corrupt president (Canadian Bacon), a curmudgeonly senator (The Aviator, West Wing), and an adulterer (too many to mention). While unsavory, these roles weren’t lacking in redeemable qualities. The closest Alda has ever come to playing a straight-up amoral sociopath, however, is the 1972 cult classic To Kill a Clown, in which he gives Travis Bickle a run for his money as cinema’s angriest and most disillusioned post-Vietnam vet. As for the morbid fascination factor, one would be hard-pressed to find an image more chilling than the male cheerleader of ’70s second-wave feminism standing over the dead body of future M.A.S.H. guest star and love interest Blythe Danner. Come on, Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce—you’re breaking our hearts over here. The film shows at 8:30 p.m. at the The Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. $2. (703) 486-2345.