Robert Ryan would have made a really intense Decker.
Yeah, but we mightn't have been able to feel a smidgen of sympathy for him. William played Decker like a good man pushed over the edge. His obsession was driven by the enormous guilt he felt over the death of his entire crew. We found ourselves against him, but we could at least understand him and even feel some sympathy for him.
Agreed... Ryan might have played Decker as a captain who didn't care as much about his crew as he did his pride, ala Ahab.
Tell me, how many of you felt sorry for Capt Ahab at the end of Moby Dick as compared with how many felt he got what he deserved?