James Allen is the protagonist of the 2005 film Animal and its sequel Animal 2.
He was portrayed by Ving Rhames.
We first Animal when he's in his life of crime. We see him shoot some enemies, tricking them by pretending to be garbage men. He then goes around shooting others. He has a wife and a son and teaches him about how to use a gun. Eventually, he is falsely arrested for a robbery, which he had no part in. But his main villainaries take place inside of prison. He meets Kasada, an evil sadistic Mexican villain, who hires him to be the muscle in his crime syndicate. Eventually, he runs into the man who killed his wife. He decides to take revenge, against Kossada's orders. This causes tension between Kasada and Animal, which carries on to the sequel. Eventually, he runs into Berwell, a black revolutionary arrested for his philosophy. At first James treats him with disrespect. However, when Berwell opens his mind to Malcolm X and Willie Lynch, Animal starts to change his life of crime. However, he is still rather cold to his son Darius, with his change of view on crime. So much that when Darius confronts him about his other son, he gets enraged and shoots him. A remorseful James, no longer wanting to be called Animal, takes the rap for his son's crime.
This time, James is in prison, for life this time. Again he's called Animal. When he refuses to give into Kasada, he tries to frame his son, James Jr, causing James to reluctantly agree to cage fights. Eventually, however, Kasada's operation fails, as his henchman, Dallen, fails to stop the DA from getting the video that clears James Jr's. We then see a group try to take revenge on Animal, presumably Kasada's men, and Animal says, "I'm too old for this shit."