FLIGHT CLUB

GOOD GUY POE ASIDE, GET REACQUAINTED WITH CON AIR’S MOST COLOUR­FUL CONS

Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN - ILLUSTRATION ACUTEGRAPHICS

1. SWAMP THING*

(M.C. Gainey) Brought into the fold by the cons to fly the plane. It was Gainey’s idea that the char­ac­ter should be joy­fully ob­sessed with fly­ing, and the army hel­met he wears was a trib­ute to Don­ald Suther­land in Kelly’s He­roes.

2. SALLY CAN’T DANCE*

(Renoly San­ti­ago) The flam­boy­ant, cross-dress­ing Sally Can’t Dance hasn’t aged so well. The role was ini­tially big­ger and more fleshed out, says Rosen­berg, but it got cut down. Cage im­pro­vised the slap Poe gives Sally.

5. CYRUS THE VIRUS

(John Malkovich) Larkin: “This one’s done it all. Kid­nap­ping, robbery, mur­der, ex­tor­tion… Likes to brag that he killed more men than can­cer. Cyrus is a poster child for the crim­i­nally in­sane.”

3. BABY-O

(Mykelti Williamson) Poe’s di­a­betic buddy, in need of in­sulin, cre­ated to give Poe a rea­son to stay on the plane. “It was a bit of a Macguf­fin, a bit of bull­shit,” says Rosen­berg. “Sch­muck­bait. But it did the trick.”

6. PIN­BALL PARKER

(Dave Chap­pelle) In Pin­ball’s own words: “Armed rob­ber, ar­son­ist, dope fiend. I’m a nice guy — I just got caught.” Chap­pelle im­pro­vised most of his di­a­logue, al­though “some of his jokes were too dis­gust­ing to ever get in the film,” says West.

4. JOHNNY 23

(Danny Trejo) Locked up for 23 counts of rape. A for­mer con him­self, Trejo had the best time on set. “He said, ‘Lis­ten, I’m just glad to be here,’” says West. “’I could be dig­ging trenches or pour­ing con­crete, so you won’t get any trou­ble out of me.’”

7. GAR­LAND GREENE*

(Steve Buscemi) Poe: The Ma­ri­etta Man­gler.” Mass mur­derer Greene butchered 30 peo­ple and drove through three states wear­ing a woman’s head as a hat. Buscemi loved the char­ac­ter, espe­cially the se­quence with the lit­tle girl.

8. DI­A­MOND DOG

(Ving Rhames) Larkin: “For­mer gen­eral of the Black Gueril­las... He wrote a book in prison called ‘Re­flec­tions In A Di­a­mond Eye’. New York

Times called it ‘a wake up for the black com­mu­nity’. They’re talk­ing to Denzel for the movie.”

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