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I won't let you be happy! Why should I?
~ Don Logan

Don Logan is the main antagonist in the 2000 film Sexy Beast.

He was portrayed by Sir Ben Kingsley, who also played Cosmo in Sneakers, Dr. Xavier Fitch in Species, The Hood in the Thunderbirds film, Fagin in the 2005 Oliver Twist film adaptation, The Rabbi in Lucky Number Slevin, Nizam in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Tamir Aladeen in The Dictator, Trevor Slattery in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Archibald Snatcher in The Boxtrolls and General Woundwort in the 2018 Netflix Watership Down adaptation.

Biography[]

Don Logan is a recruiter for the London underworld who once worked with ex-con artist and expert safe-cracker Gal Dove, who is now retired and happily living in Spain with his wife Deedee.

Logan travels to Dove's villa with the intention of enlisting him in a major London bank heist, but Dove politely refuses the invitation. Logan becomes aggravated by this and continues to pester Logan into accepting, gradually making Dove and his company extremely uncomfortable. During his time at the villa, Logan also reveals that he has always been fascinated by Deedee's friend Jackie, and attempts to get close to her on several occasions, to no avail. After several more unsuccessful attempts to get Dove to join the heist, Logan loses his temper and shouts abuse at the entire group, claiming that they have betrayed him. An angered Logan then gets on a plane back to London (much to Dove's relief) but ends up being kicked off after refusing to put out his cigarette.

Logan immediately returns to Dove's villa and expresses his fury and frustration to the group by smashing a beer bottle into Dove's ear. Deedee shoots him with a shotgun and leaves him incapacitated, allowing the rest of the group to beat him and stamp on him. Close to death, Logan spitefully tells Jackie's husband Aitch that he and Jackie once slept together, before Aitch picks up a heavy rock and smashes it on Logan's head, crushing his skull and killing him. It is later revealed that the group buried Logan's corpse beneath Dove's swimming pool.

Personality[]

Logan is a violent, frighteningly unpredictable sociopath who uses any means necessary to get what he wants, instilling intense fear and discomfort in almost everyone he comes in contact with. He is easily angered, and perceives any refusal as an attack against his persona, no matter how justified it is. He has a high degree of entitlement, as he physically and psychologically abuses Dove for no apparent reason other than correcting a slight against his ego, and engages in petty and sadistic behaviours such as urinating on Dove's bathroom after he refused to get back to London for the heist. This trait is also what causes his downfall, as he returns to the villa after being kicked off his flight to violently verbally abuse the group just because he's upset, only to be shot in the chest by Deedee. Logan can be best described as a ticking time-bomb, and the more resistance he meets when his wishes aren't fulfilled or when he feels he isn't getting the respect he deserves, the more unstable he becomes until he eventually explodes in a violent rage.

Don is shown to be capable of manipulation, demonstrating a knowledge of how people work and how they think. He shows this when he successfully lies to the airport's staff that he was sexually assaulted and that it was this who caused his unacceptable behaviour on the plane, leveraging the airline's fear of a lawsuit in order to secure his release from detention.

Ben Kingsley has described Don Logan as an 'abused child', and his challenging personality demonstrates more extreme and violent versions of certain traits associated with narcissistic, borderline, and antisocial personality disorder, which often have their roots in unresolved childhood trauma. He is quick to anger, slow to forgive, his moods can change at the drop of a hat, and he is riddled with insecurities that fuel his violent behaviour. These traits are largely what make him so terrifying and unpredictable.

Trivia[]

  • Critics have praised Ben Kingsley's performance as Don Logan, acclaiming that his performance feels frightening enough to permanently vanish all thoughts of Ghandi from people's mind.
  • Kingsley said in an interview that he based his performance as Logan in part upon his late grandmother.
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