While Benicio Del Toro decided that he was playing a “Black Chinese Puerto Rican Jew”, Kevin Spacey managed to trick the whole audience into thinking he was a crippled con man called Roger ‘Verbal’ Kint.
In one of the best movie twists ever, The Usual Suspects has everything you could ever ask for in a film, and a bit more.
That bit more, is a character called Keyser Soze. Rarely seen, this nearly mythical crime kingpin is involved in drugs, murder, underworld crime and could easily be just a ghost story of the boogeyman to intimidate people. He has acquired a legendary status among police and criminals alike, and in my opinion, one of the best villains in a movie.
“He’s supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody ever believed he was real. Nobody ever knew him or saw anybody that ever worked directly for him. But to hear Kobayashi tell it, anybody could have worked for Soze. You never knew; that was his power. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist,” said Spacey’s character Verbal in the film.
From his second in command, Kobayashi, who’s actually the manufacturer’s name on the cop’s mug, to the quartet band Spacey’s character used to be in, which is actually the name of the notice board maker, Keyser Soze is a mystery.
It’s only until the end, his shocking identity is revealed. And just through a couple of steps down the street. It’s incredible.
Apparently, Spacey glued his fingers together to make his disability all the more convincing. He also claimed that director Bryan Singer managed to convince all of the major actors that they were Keyser Soze. At the first screening, an angry Gabriel Byrne stormed off when he realised the truth.
Since the release of the film, the name “Keyser Soze” has gained two popular uses in Western culture, both as a description of a legendary figure, usually of underworld crime, or as a shorthand reference to being fooled into believing in a person who does not exist.
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