Loren Visser (M. Emmet Walsh) – Blood Simple (1984)
Visser’s a private investigator, but he’s not the kind of guy you’d entrust your privacy to.
He knows exactly which rocks to turn over for secrets, probably because he acts like he’s just crawled out from under one.
Let him into your life, and he’ll cackle with glee at your every misfortune – especially those he causes himself.
Is cut down to size by...
Charlie Meadows aka Madman Mundt (John Goodman) – Barton Fink (1991)
Charlie’s just a common man, the average working stiff. Hearing other people’s stories keeps him happy.
That’s why he does what he does: selling insurance door-to-door. Charlie gets to meet all kinds of folk; in return, he likes to help ‘em out by providing them with peace of mind.
The only catch is that Charlie’s idea of peace of mind tends to involve relieving his clients of their heads.
Let battle commence...
The two men are staying at the same hotel, and Charlie invites Visser to his room for a shot of whiskey and a chat.
But it’s Visser who has something to say: he knows Charlie’s secret, and the only way he’ll keep it a secret is if Charlie pays up.
Charlie’s good-natured eyes narrow; his face bulges in apoplectic rage; he bellows furiously.
Visser cackles nervously and pulls a gun... but Charlie is surprisingly nimble and pins him with a wrestling move.
Under all that weight, there’s little Visser can do except continue to guffaw at the absurdity of it all – until Charlie cuts the laughter short by cutting off Visser’s head.