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|“||I'm Superman! King f***ing Kong! I can pick you up and throw you a million miles. I'm number one. Number f***ing one.||„|
|~ The Gangster|
The Gangster is the protagonist, anti-hero and narrator of the 2000 British crime film Gangster No.1.
Paul Bettany - who also played Silas in The Da Vinci Code, Bill Cox in Firewall and Dryden Vos and in Solo: A Star Wars Story - plays the Young Gangster, with the older gangster (credited as Gangster 55) played by Malcolm McDowell, who also played Alex in A Clockwork Orange, Caligula in Caligula, Tolian Soran in Star Trek: Generations, Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn in the third and forth Wing Commander video games, Lord Maliss in the 1990 film Happily Ever After, Sinclair in the 2012 film Home Alone 5: The Holiday Heist, Colonel F. E. Cochrane in the 1983 film Blue Thunder, Kesslee in the 1995 film Tank Girl, and Marcus Kane in the 2008 film Doomsday.
In 1968, the young gangster came to the attention of influential London gangster Freddie Mays, who recruited him into his gang as an enforcer. The Gangster is eager to please Mays and proves his loyalty through creative ways of murder. However overtime the Gangster becomes obsessed and envious of Mays' glamorous and successful lifestyle and also takes a dislike that he gets engaged.
When discovering Freddie's rival Lennie Taylor is planning to have him killed, The Gangster withholds the information and even kills another gangster in their gang with a hatchet to prevent him telling Freddie. The Gangster watches in sadistic glee when Freddie is shot and beaten by Lennie and his gang, and Freddie's fiancee's throat is slashed. The Gangster goes round to Lennie's flat later that night and breaks in and shoots Lennie in the knee, then brutally tortures him with numerous tools such as a hatchet.
Freddie is charged with the death of Lennie and sentenced to 30 years in prison and the Gangster takes over his empire.
Intervening Period - 1969-1999
Over the next 30 years the Gangster begins building up the empire, and carries out armed robberies, gets into gambling and drug dealing and by the 1990s has over 300 men in the crew.
Present Day - 1999
In present day - 1999 - an older gangster is out with friends when he discovers that Freddie is getting released from prison. The Gangster discovers Freddie's fiancee had survived her attack and that the pair are still getting married. The Gangster requested that Freddie visits him in which he did. The Gangster grew frustrated that Freddie had turned over a new leaf and wasn't interested in the wealth that the Gangster now had. The Gangster attempted to goad Freddie into killing him, but Freddie simply left.
The Gangster loses his grip on sanity upon seeing that Freddie is happier with nothing than he is with everything, and ends up the roof declaring himself "number 1" before jumping to his presumed death.