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|“||I mean it, don't say one f-cking word.||„|
|~ Louis Gara to Melanie before he kills her for ignoring his demand|
Louis Gara is the secondary antagonist of the 1992 novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard and its 1997 Tarantino's crime thriller film adaptation Jackie Brown. He is a small time crook and ex-covict who was formerly friends with notorious gunrunner Ordell Robbie, but was later killed by Ordell after killing the latter's romantic roommate Melanie in a failed money smuggling job for Ordell.
He was portrayed by Robert De Niro, who also portrayed Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II, Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull, David "Noodles" Aaronson in Once Upon a Time in America, Louis Cyphre in Angel Heart, Al Capone in The Untouchables, Jimmy Conway in Goodfellas, Max Cady in Cape Fear, Dwight Hansen in This Boy's Life, Frankenstein's Monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Neil McCauley in Heat, Gil Renard in The Fan, Ace Rothstein in Casino, Fearless Leader in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Don Lino in Shark Tale, David Callaway in Hide and Seek, and Senator John McLaughlin in Machete.
Louis Gara first appeared with his old friend Ordell Robbie, who had returned from killing his former bondsman Max Cherry upon being coaxed by the latter. After being reacquainted with each other, Gara re-befriended with Robbie and decided to help him as a small-time crook.
Later, in the parking lot, Robbie's girl; Melanie is mocking and provoking Gara, so he shot and killed her.
Several moments after killing Melanie, Gara got into his car, there, he was confronted by Robbie. Robbie discussed with him about his plan, but then, he shot and killed him in order to avenge him for murdering Melanie.
- Jackie Brown was De Niro's first time working with Quentin Tarantino.