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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 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, 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 Gary 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 bury Logan's corpse beneath Dove's swimming pool.

Personality

Logan is a violent, scarily unpredictable sociopath who uses any means necessary to get what he wants, instilling intense fear in almost everyone he comes in contact with. He has a tendance to get angry pretty easily and perceives any refusal as an attack against his persona, no matter how justified it is. It proves that he has a high sense of self-entitlement, as he tries to get his revenge by shooting on Dove or urinating on his bathroom's floor when his former friend refuses to get back in London for the heist. This trait is also what causes his downfall. When he is not angry, Logan has a weird way to interact with people, being formal and changing of conversation's subject on a whim.

Despite his wrathful side, Don is shown to be capable of manipulation, as when he convinces successfully the airport's staff that he was sexually assaulted and that it was this who caused his unacceptable behavior on the plane.

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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