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He was portrayed by actor Edward Norton, who also portrayed [[Steve Frazelli]] in ''The Italian Job'' and [[Eric Byer]] in ''The Bourne Legacy''.
 
He was portrayed by actor Edward Norton, who also portrayed [[Steve Frazelli]] in ''The Italian Job'' and [[Eric Byer]] in ''The Bourne Legacy''.
   
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== Appearances ==
He begins as an altar boy for the Archbishop of Chicago. After the Archbishop forces Aaron into sexual activities, he brutally stabs him. Martin Vail gladly takes his case and sees him as a boy scout rather than a killer. He also says to Vail that he loses time when he's very stressed out.
 
   
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=== ''Primal Fear'' ===
After looking into and discovering things about the case, especially that civic leaders in power are and were involved in corruption and that a Nathaniel Hawthorne book was underlined describing somebody, who is two-faced, he asks Stampler if he underlined that book, which he says he didn't. Then later Vail finds a video tape in Archbishop Rushman's apartment, which shows Archbishop Rushman forcing Stampler and, a woman, Linda, to engage in sexual activity. Vail confronts Stampler and finds out Aaron has multiple personality disorder. Although Vail originally doesn't want to change the plea knowing that it would be problematic and that insanity is hard to prove, he and Stampler decide to use this so-called, multiple personality disorder, to win the case and sure enough they do so.
 
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Stampler is introduced as a 19-year-old altar boy for Richard Rushman, the popular Archbishop of Chicago. He appears meek and frightened, with a severe stutter, and alludes to having had an unhappy childhood with his abusive father.
   
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When the Archbishop is brutally murdered, Stampler is found nearby covered in his blood, and is arrested for his murder. Defense attorney Martin Vail takes his case, eager for the publicity. Stampler insists that he is innocent, and that he "lost time" (blacked out) and woke up covered in Rushman's blood. He then says that he often "loses time" when put under great stress.
Vail tells him the verdict is, he will stay at a mental hospital until he's cured. Then Stampler tells Vail to tell Venable, Vail's ex-lover and prosecutor of Aaron's case, that he apologizes for her neck because he attacked her earlier in court and then Vail asks if Aaron loses time then how does he know about her neck. Aaron reveals at the end that he's been lying and faking it and manipulated them all and killed Linda and the archbishop for fun and of his own free will.[[Category:Liars]]
 
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While investigating the case, Vail finds a videotape of Rushman forcing Stampler, his girlfriend Linda and some of his fellow altar boys to have sex with each other. When Vail confronts him, Stampler flies into a rage and literally becomes like another person; his stutter vanishes and he becomes a violent sociopath who calls himself "Roy". When "Roy" tells him that he killed Rushman after "Aaron" begged him to, Vail realizes that Stampler has multiple personality disorder.
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At first, Vail doesn't want to change Stampler's plea, knowing that insanity is hard to prove. However, during the trial Vail goads "Roy" into coming out; "Roy then attacks and chokes prosecutor Jane Venable until the bailiff drags him out of the courtroom, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial. Stampler is sentenced to a mental institution rather than prison, and Vail becomes the most lawyer in Chicago for helping him beat the murder charge.
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When Vail tells Stampler about the judge's decision, Stampler thanks him and asks him to make sure that Venable's neck is all right. Vail realizes that Stampler couldn't have known about Venable's injuries if he had "lost time" as he claimed, and confronts him. Stampler then reveals that the multiple personality disorder had been an act, and that he had known exactly what he was doing when he murdered Rushman. Stunned, Vail mutters, "So, there never was a Roy." Stampler replies, "There never was an ''Aaron'', counselor," and brags about having gotten away with murder as a disillusioned Vail walks away.
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Aaron Stampler

Aaron Stampler is the main villain of the 1996 movie Primal Fear.

He was portrayed by actor Edward Norton, who also portrayed Steve Frazelli in The Italian Job and Eric Byer in The Bourne Legacy.

Appearances

Primal Fear

Stampler is introduced as a 19-year-old altar boy for Richard Rushman, the popular Archbishop of Chicago. He appears meek and frightened, with a severe stutter, and alludes to having had an unhappy childhood with his abusive father.

When the Archbishop is brutally murdered, Stampler is found nearby covered in his blood, and is arrested for his murder. Defense attorney Martin Vail takes his case, eager for the publicity. Stampler insists that he is innocent, and that he "lost time" (blacked out) and woke up covered in Rushman's blood. He then says that he often "loses time" when put under great stress.

While investigating the case, Vail finds a videotape of Rushman forcing Stampler, his girlfriend Linda and some of his fellow altar boys to have sex with each other. When Vail confronts him, Stampler flies into a rage and literally becomes like another person; his stutter vanishes and he becomes a violent sociopath who calls himself "Roy". When "Roy" tells him that he killed Rushman after "Aaron" begged him to, Vail realizes that Stampler has multiple personality disorder.

At first, Vail doesn't want to change Stampler's plea, knowing that insanity is hard to prove. However, during the trial Vail goads "Roy" into coming out; "Roy then attacks and chokes prosecutor Jane Venable until the bailiff drags him out of the courtroom, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial. Stampler is sentenced to a mental institution rather than prison, and Vail becomes the most lawyer in Chicago for helping him beat the murder charge.

When Vail tells Stampler about the judge's decision, Stampler thanks him and asks him to make sure that Venable's neck is all right. Vail realizes that Stampler couldn't have known about Venable's injuries if he had "lost time" as he claimed, and confronts him. Stampler then reveals that the multiple personality disorder had been an act, and that he had known exactly what he was doing when he murdered Rushman. Stunned, Vail mutters, "So, there never was a Roy." Stampler replies, "There never was an Aaron, counselor," and brags about having gotten away with murder as a disillusioned Vail walks away.

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