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Isn't this why we came up here? To spice things up and try and push the boundaries?
~ Gerald to Jessie.
Everybody's got a little corner in there somewhere; a button they won't admit they want pressed. Year after year, I barely gave you a glimpse of mine.
~ Gerald Burlingame.

Gerald Burlingame is the titular antagonist of Stephen King's book Gerald's Game and the 2017 Netflix film of the same name. He is the controlling and misogynistic husband of Jessie.

In the film, he was portrayed by Bruce Greenwood, who also played Nick Parsons in Double Jeopardy, Cooper in Super 8, The President in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Biography

Book

Gerald Burlingame is the husband of Jessie, and is a successful lawyer. However, he is also a controlling man who Jessie only married for the security of being his trophy wife.

At the start of the book, Jessie and Gerald visit their lake house for an unplanned romantic getaway. Gerald is revealed to suffer from erectile dysfunction, and takes Viagra to deal with it. After handcuffing Jessie to the bed, he starts to undress. Jessie becomes uncomfortable and starts to protest, only to realize that Gerald is ignoring her and plans to rape her. She kicks him in the chest, causing a shock-induced heart attack that leads to Gerald's death. Jessie is left handcuffed to the bed, and the rest of the book is centered around her trying to escape while coming to realizations about her and Gerald's marriage.

Film

Gerald's role in the film is much the same, except that he does not try to rape Jessie and instead attempts to act out a rape fantasy that makes Jessie uncomfortable, dying of a completely random heart attack. He also appears throughout the film as a figment of Jessie's imagination, telling her that an intruder will kill her if she can't escape.

Personality

Gerald Burlingame is a controlling and perverted man, trying to rape Jessie and making her too afraid to stand up to him. It is made clear that she is simply a trophy wife and he does not particularly care about her. He is also misogynistic in the film and makes jokes that are offensive to women at an office party.

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