Monday, March 23, 2009

Only eleven American dollars.

I watched Kansas City Confidential, a movie that I thought I hadn't rented before but one that happened to be in my Netflix queue and one that I'd happened to bump up. Turned out that I had seen it before, but a rewatch couldn't hurt, because I was fuzzy on the details of this one. And even though it was 2:30 in the morning, it kept me awake and glued to the set. At one point I said aloud, "Damn, this is one hot movie."

It starts out pretty much the same way Reservoir Dogs does: a Boss gets a team of criminals together to pull off a bank heist. They don't know each other's names, and in this case they're all wearing masks, too, so they can't ID each other if anybody gets caught. After the job's done, the Boss keeps the stolen money until things cool down, then sends for everyone to pick up their share.

But enough about the plot. I want to talk about the poor schlep who gets caught in the crossfire and is blamed for the heist. He used to be a criminal but he's just a working stiff now, but because of his record he's detained and guilty until proven innocent, as the cops try to literally beat a confession out of him. Once he does get released, oh, this man is gonna get himself some revenge. So he sets out to track down the people responsible for ruining his life.

The actor's name is John Payne. And from the moment the cops sat him down in the interrogation room, I thought, who is this guy? Because he reminded me, almost to the point of distraction, of Kevin Spacey. He was a really good actor as well, so natural in his intonations and reactions, like I think Kevin Spacey is. His eyes, the way his mouth is set, down to the cleft in his chin.

To prove it, here are a few screencaps! The closest resemblance is Kevin in L.A. Confidential. ...Which also has "confidential" in the title. ...Which takes place in 1952, the year Kansas City Confidential came out. All coincidences, I'm sure.

First, Kevin:
 

Now, John Payne:
 
 

Do you see it? Tell me I'm not the only one who sees it.

And just for kicks, have a really smarmy but smoldering Lee Van Cleef:

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