Officer Wendell ‘Bud’ White (Russell Crowe) in LA Confidential (1997)
A vice cop who ain’t afraid to dish out rough justice. He’s got a history: his old man was a wife-beater who laid in on Bud, too. So Bud hits hard on wife-beaters. His fuse is short, as DA Ellis Loew fi nds out upside down, but this loose-cannon lummox has brains to match brawn and tenderness to go with the toughs.
Cop that! Dangles Ellis from a window until he ‘fesses up. Idea later nicked by Matthew Vaughn for Layer Cake.
Stake-out song of choice: Nick Cave – Sweetheart Come. A caveman’s ballad (“If he touches you again with his stoopid hands, his life won’t be worth living…”).