In order to trap him, he must become him.
Castor Troy / Sean Archer
“Ready… Ready for the big ride, baby!”
Barry M. Osbourne
The lives of FBI Agent Sean Archer and his family were torn apart when their young son was killed in a failed attempt to kill Archer himself by vigilante terrorist Castor Troy.
Archer has since has been on a mission to find and capture Troy and has become the expert on his methods, friends, co-criminals, and his genius yet mentally challenged brother, Pollux Troy.
Finally the day arrives that Castor’s whereabouts become known due to a mistake on the part of his brother when chartering a plane at LAX airport. This results in a shoot out on the runway as the plane attempts to take off, and the first one on one gun battle between Troy and Archer, ending with Castor being knocked out in a coma, but not before he brags to Archer about a terrorist plot involving a bomb that will completely destroy Los Angeles.
Sean Archer returns home that night able to say to his wife after years of anguish, “it is over”. Yet it soon becomes obvious that it has only just begun. Archer’s next mission is beyond the call of duty, hidden from even his closest FBI colleagues, and to be his toughest yet. Yet because of his knowledge of Castor Troy and the way his mind works, he is the only man for the job.
Nicolas Cage won the 1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Actor in an Action / Adventure, was nominated for the 1998 MTV Movie Awards for Best Male Performance and for Best Villain, and was nominated for the 1998 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Saturn Award for Best Actor.
The movie itself won the MTV Awards for Best Duo for Nicolas Cage and John Travolta, and Best Action scene, an ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Film and was nominated for several more for best effects and sound.
Nicolas Cage movie quote:
“I wanna take tired old action conventions and breathe a sense of being out of control into them. I wanted Castor Troy to have a more mod look than the usual way we see gangsters in movies, with that Armani suit. So at the start of the movie, I’ve got him carrying gold guns and wearing gold cuff links. He’s sort of the Liberace of crime.”
Nicolas Cage and John Travolta studied each other’s particular speech idiosyncrasies, body language, way of walking and mannerisms in order to each be able to play the “other character” in this movie.
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