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|“||This isn't about terrorism. This is about justice. It's about reminding you people who found it politically convenient to forget.||„|
|~ General Hummel to Army General Al Kramer.|
|“||You alert the media, I launch the gas. You refuse payment, I launch the gas. You've got forty hours, until noon, day after tomorrow, to arrange transfer of the money. I am aware of your countermeasure. You know and I know it doesn't stand a chance. Hummel from Alcatraz, out.||„|
|~ General Hummel's instructions to the Pentagon before hung up and disconnecting.|
Brigadier General Francis Xavier Hummel is the central antagonist turned anti-villain of the 1996 action thriller film The Rock.
Hummel is a rogue USMC Force Recon ranking officer who, displeased with the U.S. military's poor regard for its fallen Marines, seizes fifteen V.X. gas rockets to hold the city of San Francisco hostage unless the payment for the Marines' families is given.
He was portrayed by Ed Harris, who also played Blair Sullivan in Just Cause, Mitch Wilkinson in National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Christof in The Truman Show, Erwin König in Enemy at the Gates, Carl Fogarty in A History of Violence, Wilford in Snowpiercer, Leonard Dekkom in Geostorm and William in Westworld.
Early Life and Military Career
Little is known about Hummel's early life other than being born in the United States of America. At the unknown point of time, he joined the United States Marine Corps and was recruited into Force Reconnaissance. He was married with Barbara Hummel (born October 17, 1946) before she died from unknown causes in March 9, 1995.
When Hummel was a Major on that time, he served three tours in Vietnam, Panama, Grenada and Operation Desert Storm during his career. He eventually achieved the rank of Brigadier General. Then, he made another deployment in Northern Laos and Southern China. As he stated to the Chief of Staff, Hayden Sinclair; he ran black operations in China and his men were responsible for over 200 hostile kills on Hayden's 9th birthday. As a result of his actions, he became a hero and received a number of awards like three Purple Hearts, two Silver Stars and a Congressional Medal of Honor.
However, Hummel began to crumble within upon seeing the way his country treated the men who fought for it: he saw many fine Force Recon Marines die on illegal field operations around the world, and the U.S. government, in order to keep the missions off public record, covered up their deaths, denied compensation such as posthumous medals for the fallen Marines and military benefits for their families, and even sometimes left their bodies to rot in the foreign countries the missions took place in. Even worse, Hummel was forced to be the one that had to choke on these lies and atrocities during his whole career. Finally, after many failed attempts to get his fallen men the recognition they deserved via the proper channels, Hummel eventually decided that drastic measures needed to be taken in order to get the U.S. to respect its soldiers again.
After giving a new bouquet of flowers and a sympathetic statement to his late wife Barbara at her grave, Hummel and Major Tom Baxter led a group of rogue Force Recon Marines in a plot of stealing 15 V.X. gas rockets from the Naval Weapons Depot, in which he lost one of his own men in the process. On a tour of Alcatraz Island, Hummel and his men captured 81 tourists and the tour guide, except the children whom he politely asked them to go home with their teacher. After that, he threatened that he would launch the V.X. gas rockets toward San Francisco unless the government paid $100 million from a military slush fund, which he would distribute to his men and the families of the 83 Marines who lost their lives for his cause.
Mason and Goodspeed's Arrival and First Showdown
Upon hearing that a U.S. Navy SEAL team arrived with an FBI chemical specialist Stanley Goodspeed and ex-SAS Captain John Patrick Mason involved, his men killed them all (except for Goodspeed and Mason) despite his orders not to shoot. When the situation got out of control, he threatened that Goodspeed and Mason return the guidance chips or he would kill a hostage. The protagonists were both captured and placed in prison cells, but they later broke out.
Betrayal and Death
When a V.X. gas rocket fired on the next day, Hummel changed its coordinates and ditched it into the sea instead. His men argued with him over what went wrong. Hummel ordered them to evacuate with the remaining rockets in the helicopters and four hostages as well. With the bluff called, two of his subordinates, Captains Darrow and Frye, led a mutiny, demanding to be paid what they were promised. Hummel and Baxter managed to kill some of the traitors before Darrow and Frye mortally wounded the general and kill Baxter. Goodspeed pulled him to safety while Mason provided cover fire. Hummel, with his last breath, told Goodspeed of the last rocket's location.
His death would later be avenged moments later, when Goodspeed killed Darrow and Frye.
- Major Tom Baxter
- Captain Hendrix
- Gunnery Sergeant Crisp
- Captain Frye
- Captain Darrow
- Private Gamble
- Private Scarpetti
- Private Cox
- Private McCoy
- Sergeant Rojas
- Three other Marines on Alcatraz Island
- Several other Marines at the V.X. gas rocket base
- It is unknown if Hummel's legacy lived on or if the government learned their lesson and gave the onebhundrad million dollars to his 83 Marines' families after his death.