In The Patriot
Tom Wilkinson brought British dignity and arrogance to his portrayal of General
Charles Cornwallis, who was a product of British nobility which had
an arrogance toward all colonials. Even so, Wilkinson's protrayal of Cornwallis
made him less a villain and merely loyal to the wrong side. The subtle portrayal
Isaacs to be ruthless without being over the top in his effort to establish
William Tavington as the main villain. In some ways, Wilkinson portrayed
the standard British general, but he did not let the role become a charicature.
Tom Wilkinson played the pompous side of a noble-born British officer with enough
restraint that his character is occasionally humorous, but never a buffoon,
even when duped by Benjamin
Martin. His annoyance at Tavington's inability to deal with Martin's
militia is played nicely, although predictably, as well as his reluctant unofficial
approval to Tavington's brutal tactics out of frustration.