Robyn Hitchcock

By Liane Bonin
Updated August 13, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

”According to one of my songs, I’m a charming and dangerous guy!” says Robyn Hitchcock. So it shouldn’t be a total surprise that the alt-rocker known for such gleefully loony ’80s tunes as ”Balloon Man” plays Laurent, a silver-haired ”British creep” in ”The Manchurian Candidate.” Director Jonathan Demme helmed Hitchcock’s 1998 concert film ”Storefront Hitchcock” and called him to audition. (Demme also cast R&B singer BeBe Winans as a government agent.) Hitchcock’s open to more movie gigs, but says the parts are limited: ”Brits tend to be uncles, butlers, and villains,” he says. ”We’re either very wise and reassuring, or slightly gay. I don’t know why.”