Villains Wiki

Hi. This is Thesecret1070. I am an admin of this site. Edit as much as you wish, but one little thing... If you are going to edit a lot, then make yourself a user and login. Other than that, enjoy Villains Wiki!!!

READ MORE

Villains Wiki
Advertisement
Warning.gif
Scarfaceinthefall.jpg
This article's content is marked as Mature
The page Mature contains mature content that may include coarse language, sexual references, and/or graphic violent images which may be disturbing to some. Mature pages are recommended for those who are 18 years of age and older.

If you are 18 years or older or are comfortable with graphic material, you are free to view this page. Otherwise, you should close this page and view another page.

Do you know how easily I could kill you, Frank? Do you know how many times I watched you go in and out of that apartment? You are still alive because I have allowed you to live so you show me some GODDAMN RESPECT!
~ Mitch Leary to Frank Horrigan.

Mitch Leary, also known as Booth, is a cold and psychotic CIA assassin and the main antagonist of the 1993 thriller film In the Line of Fire.

He was portrayed by John Malkovich, who also portrayed Cyrus Grissom in Con Air, Teddy Deserve in Knockaround Guys, Quentin Turnbull in Jonah Hex, Pascal Sauvage in Johnny English, Humma Kavula in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons, Dave in The Penguins of Madagascar, Galbatorix in Eragon, Teddy KGB in Rounders, and Tom Ripley in Ripley's Game.

Biography

Mitch Leary was once a successful, highly skilled CIA agent who was fired for being too dangerous. Leary was an expert with all types of weaponry. He was also good with designs for new firearms and other unorthodox items, along with an IQ the level of a genius and expertise in disguise. Under immense amounts of pressure, Leary was unable to adjust to civilian life on the outside, and snapped, suffering a psychotic break and becoming a "wetboy". Leary began growing delirious, insisting that the government needed to be "taught a lesson", and he began to harbor an obsession with killing the President of the United States.

He slowly grew an obsession with Frank Horrigan, a disgraced and troubled Secret Service agent for failing to save John F. Kennedy, preying on his weaknesses, using them to get Horrigan angry, even calling himself "Booth". He saw this as a sick kind of "game", deliberately giving the Secret Service information so he could both challenge himself more and get the government afraid of him. As the election approaches, Leary makes a substantial donation to the president's reelection campaign under the assumed name of James Carney, allowing him access to a presidential banquet in California.

Horrigan and his partner, D'Andrea, both start tracking "Booth" down, and then learn of his true identity. They begin talking to his former friends, who tell horrifying stories of how they witnessed Leary's impending mental breakdown. One of his friends explains that Leary showed great generosity to him, even going so far as to buy him a several-thousand dollar wheelchair. However, the delusional Leary became convinced that he stole one of his designs, and told him that the "penalty for his disloyalty was death".

Even though he is well-aware that his calls are being traced and tapped, he nonetheless continues to call Frank, taunting him for failing to save Kennedy. Leary uses a device he made to make tracing his calls impossible, but one time they do manage to trace his call and Horrigan and D'Andrea chase him across the rooftops of the neighborhood. After jumping to catch Leary, Frank barely grabs the edge of the roof and is unable to pull himself back up. Leary draws his Glock 19 pistol and holds it on Horrigan for a moment before lowering it and offering his hand, telling Horrigan to take it before he falls. Horrigan refuses and draws his SIG-Sauer P228 pistol, but Leary knows that Horrigan is bluffing. Leary tells Frank that he doesn't have the guts to shoot Leary and also fall to his own death, therefore saving the president.

As an act of insanity, Leary taunts Horrigan by wrapping his mouth around the muzzle of the gun, encouraging Horrigan to pull the trigger. When he doesn't, however, Leary tosses him onto a fire escape, but D'Andrea arrives and holds his gun on Leary. When D'Andrea looks away to triumphantly tell Horrigan that he finally got him, Leary pulls his hidden Glock and shoots D'Andrea in the forehead. D'Andrea's corpse leans off the side of the roof and Leary shoots D'Andrea in the head again, for good measure, causing blood to spill from D'Andrea's mouth. Frank feels horrible about this, because D'Andrea had told him he was going to quit, but he talked him out of it.  

Leary then built a composite, two-shot zip gun out of heavy duty polymers. At the date of the dinner, Leary heavily disguised himself with glasses, a fake nose, and a grey toupee, hiding the plastic frame in his pants, the springs in his pen and the bullets in his keychain, allowing him to flawlessly sneak the weapon through security. He assembled the pistol underneath the table and attempted to kill the president, however Horrigan arrived and took the bullet instead. Having survived with the use of a bulletproof vest, Horrigan is taken hostage by Leary, who shoots a secret service agent who attempted to arrest him. In the denouement, Leary takes Horrigan into a scenic external elevator in the hotel. The elevator stops and Leary uses his coat to knock out the light bulbs, obscuring the view of the sharpshooters. Leary then attempted to do a murder-suicide with Horrigan, but not before demanding a thank-you for restoring his image.

Horrigan refuses to show any respect to Leary, which angers him. Horrigan then uses his earpiece to discreetly tell the snipers to fire regardless, and aim high, hoping to hit Leary. Leary wises up and sees this, but before he can shoot Horrigan, the sharpshooters fire, missing Leary, but taking out the glass. Leary and Horrigan tumble and he falls out the elevator, grabbing onto the sides. Horrigan attempts to save Leary's life, but Leary, not wanting to spend the rest of his life in prison, lets go of the elevator and falls to his death on the plaza below.

Although Leary was a cold-hearted monster, he did appear to respect Horrigan, and, oddly enough, thought of him as a friend. Before he died, he left a sentimental message on Horrigan's answering machine:

Hello, Frank. By the time you hear this, it'll be over. The President is most likely dead, and so am I. I wonder, Frank, did you kill me? Who won our game? Not that it really matters, for among friends like you and me, it's not whether you win or lose but how you play the game, and now the game is done and it's time to get on with your life. But I worry, Frank, that you have no life to get on with. You're a good man, and good men like you and me are destined to walk a lonely road. Goodbye, and good luck.
~ Leary's message to Horrigan.

Gallery

Trivia

  • This was John Malkovich's first villain role in his career.
  • Robert De Niro was offered the role of Mitch Leary but he had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Jack Nicholson and Robert Duvall were considered for the role before John Malkovich was cast.

Navigation

           Castle Rock Entertainment Logo.png Villains

Animated Features
Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet | Outback Ollie | Rico and Mikey

Live-Action Films
Jack Merridew | Roger | Annie Wilkes | Colonel Nathan R. Jessup | Jonathan Kendrick | Matthew Markinson | Mitch Leary | Leland Gaunt | John "Ace" Merrill | Jed Hill | Samuel Norton | Byron Hadley | Bogs Diamond | Elmo Blatch | Sisters | Joe St. George | Iago | Roderigo | Dracula | Byron De La Beckwith | King Claudius | Alan Richmond | William Wharton | Percy Wetmore | Kathy Morningside | Richard Haywood | Justin Pendleton | Salvatore Maggio | Frankie Lombardo | Mr. Smith | Mr. Gray | Byrus | Karen Crowder | Marjorie "Marge" Nugent

See Also
Buena Vista International Villains | ImageMovers Villains | Lionsgate Villains | New Line Cinema Villains | Sony Pictures Villains | Shakespeare Villains | Stephen King Villains | Universal Studios Villains | Village Roadshow Pictures Villains | Warner Bros. Villains

           Sony Pictures Logo.png Villains

Animated Features
Wicked Wazir | Grifter the Ringmaster | Snivley | Mugger | Green Goose | Tanya Malachite | Ali and Bobo | Madame Hecuba | Tulip | Pete Belinsky | Loc-Nar | The Girl | The Queen | Captain Lincoln F. Sternn | Dark Heart | Marvin McNasty | Lumpy and Bones | Rothbart | Bridget | Alligators | Eva Friedal | Tyler | Lambert | Odin | The Crystal | Boyd | Monty | Rock Holmes | Duke Red | Vincent Volaju | Dr. Edward Steam | Sephiroth | Remnants of Sephiroth (Kadaj) | Rufus Shinra | The Beast | Constance Nebbercracker | Bones | Seijiro Inui | Shaw | Tank Evans | Frederic Downing | Curtis Miller | Ron Davis | Fifi | Mayor Shelbourne | General Grawl | Professor Kipple | Doug | Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine | Allan | Tom | Pedro | Falcon | Aristides Silk | Red Rackham | Queen Victoria | Black Bellamy | Budzo | Cecil | Arachnids | Quasimodo Wilson | Esmeralda | Ada Wong | Svetlana Belikova | Unidentified Tyrant series | Lickers | Ezekiel Stane | Chester V | Live Corp (Chester V's Holograms & Barb) | Punisher | Black Widow | Leviathan (Orion) | Cain | Bela | Bat Cronies | Ed and Edna | Green Pigs (King Leonard Mudbeard & Ross) | Titus Drautos | Ardyn Izunia | Somnus Lucis Caelum | Douche | Gargamel (2017) | Azrael (2017) | Monty | Akihiko Kayaba | Glenn Arias | Diego Gomez | Maria Gomez | A-Virus | Zombies | Smiler | Anti-Virus Bots | Hunter | King Herod | Thaddeus and Rufus | Abraham Van Helsing | Ericka Van Helsing | Wolfram | Swordkil | Daigo | Nobu | All For One | Kingpin | Doctor Octopus | Prowler | Green Goblin | Scorpion | Tombstone | Vanessa Fisk | Richard Fisk | Zeta | Debbie | Glenn | Brad | Axel | Carl | Jerry | Kira | Hank | Nine | Slice | Mummy | Chimera | League of Villains (Tomura Shigaraki) | Himiko Toga Ilvira | Gingerbread guards | Baba Yaga | Kolobok | Enmu | Akaza | PAL Labs (PAL, PAL Max, Glaxxon 5000 & PAL Max Prime) | Pockets | Lutador | Lapin | Barry | Pigmies | Luther | Hamsters

Live-Action Films
Wilhelm Tanz | Colonel Sandauer | Dr. Noah | Vesper Lynd | Le Chiffre | King Claudius | Alex's Droogs (Alex DeLarge) | Billy Boy | French Taunter | Bridge Keeper | Rabbit of Caerbannog | Knights Who Say Ni | Three-Headed Giant | Black Beast of Argh | Black Knight | The Animator | Unidentified Knight | Travis Bickle | John Neville | Judge Fleming | Miss Hannigan | Rooster and Lily St. Regis | British Empire (Reginald Dyer) | Nathuram Godse | Maximillian Largo | Fatima Blush | Christine | John Kreese | Cobra Kai (Johnny Lawrence, Dutch, Bobby Brown, Tommy & Jimmy) | Gozer | Stay Puft Marshmallow Man | Terror Dogs (Zuul & Vinz Clortho) | Library Ghost | Murray Plotsky | Central Park Thief | Billy Chapman | Mother Superior | Killer Santa | Ricky Chapman | Lieutenant Colonel Podovsky | Marshall Murdock | Sergeant Yushin | Captain Vinh | Lieutenant Tay | River Pirates (Trong Kinh) | Lifer | Ericson | Jerry Dandridge | Billy Cole | Evil Ed | B.Z. | Eric Towzer | John Ryder | S.A.I.N.T. | Jareth | Goblin Army | Chozen Toguchi | Sato Toguchi | Toshio & Taro | Faith Stewart | Felice Dunbar | Oscar Baldwin | The Blob | Dr. Meddows | Regine Dandrige | Colonel Zaysen | Sergeant Kourov | Tomask | Shop Assistant | Helen Downing | Terry Silver | Mike Barnes | Snake | Dennis | Vigo | Janosz Poha | Scoleri Brothers | Jack Merridew | Roger | Vilos Cohaagen (1990) | Mars Colony Security Force (Carl Hauser, Richter, Lori, Helm, Everett, Benny & Harry) | Dr. Edgemar | Annie Wilkes | Raymond Zhang | Nigel Griffith | Moon | Kara | Luis Cali | Jack Thrope | Carlos | Ruiz | Jorge | T-1000 | Douglas | Skynet | Abigail Craven | Tully Alford | James Hook (1991) | Mr. Smee (1991) | Catherine Tramell | Luc Deveraux | Andrew Scott | Colonel Nathan R. Jessup | Jonathan Kendrick | Matthew Markinson | George Stark | OCP (CEO) | Urban Rehabilitators (Paul McDaggett, Ōtomo & Kanemitsu) | Eric Qualen | Richard Travers | Kynette | Delmar | Kristel | Ryan | Heldon | Mike | Ray | Mitch Leary | Leland Gaunt | John "Ace" Merrill | Jed Hill | Koga | Ishikawa | Glam | Vinnie | Slam | Darren | Gerald Thomas | Stewart Swinton | Colonel Dugan | Ned Randall | Charlie | Gabe | Morgan | Bogs Diamond | Byron Hadley | Elmo Blatch | Samuel Norton | Sisters | Cat | Jack Harding | J.J. | Jimmy | Eddy | Joe St. George | Fouchet | Casper | Ferguson | Prince Malagant | Ralf | Iago | Roderigo | Van Pelt | Dracula | Mark Cordell | Cable Guy | Agatha Trunchbull | Harry Wormwood | Byron De La Beckwith | Zorg Industries (Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg & Right Arm) | Mangalores | Ultimate Evil | Edgar the Bug | Egor Korshunov | Andrei Kolchak | Vladimir Krasin | Agent Gibbs | Boris Bazylev | Sergei Lenski | Igor Nevsky | Ivan Radek | Arachnids | Mary Ann Rogers | Lothar Zogg | C.J. | Carl | Buelow | Zed | Klaus | Lars | Eric | Zilla | Baby Zilla | Don Rafael Montero | Harrison Love | K. Edgar Singer | Huxley | Bill the Bug | Pesties | Alley Cats (Smokey, Monty, Lucky, Red & Unnamed Gray Cat) | Snowbell | S.E.T.H. | Deacon | William Tavington | Eric Knox | Vivian Wood | Altaaf Khan | Hilal Kohistani | Judith Fessbeggler | Genus | General Granger | Russell Woodman | Green Goblin | Dennis Carradine | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson | Falcon | Chuck Cedar | Mac McGrath | Serleena | Scrad & Charlie | Jarra | Dog Poop | Corn Face | Pineal Eye | Mosh Tendrils | Flesh Balls | Jeff | Creepy | Kylothians | Devlin Bowman | Alistair Pratt | Jeannine Richardson | Rachel Wright | Arnold Gundars | Zhu Tam | Colonel Idris Sadick | Commander Terwaze | Fulani Rebels | Gwyneth Harridan | Jenny | Bruce | T-X | T-1 | Johnny Tapia | James Hook (2003) | Mr. Smee (2003) | Don Price | Lucy Diamond | Grigori Rasputin | Karl Ruprecht Kroenen | Ilsa Von Haupstein | Sammael | Ogdru-Jahad (Behemoth) | Punisher | Howard Saint | Quentin Glass | Livia Saint | John Saint | The Russian | Harry Heck | Mickey Duka | Warren Vandergeld | Vandergeld Sisters | Heath and Russ | Doctor Octopus | Kayako Saeki | Toshio Saeki | Takeo Saeki | Brother Sum | The Beast | The Harpists | Big Al | Boogeyman | Warden Hazen | Mr. Electric | Minus | Nicolae Carpathia | Count Armand | Jacob McGivens | Zorgons | Robot | Fagin | Bill Sikes | Mr. Bumble | Hatsumomo | Wendell Hatch | Jerry McDowell | Calvin Sims | Mr. Walken | Rosco | Bruno | Herod Sayle | Mr. Grin | Nadia Vole | Concussion | Aubrey Davis | Mrs. Kawamata | Vanessa Cassidy | Trish Kimble | Quantum (Mr. White, Steven Obanno, Alex Dimitrios, Adolph Gettler, Dryden, Valenka, Kratt, Mollaka Danso, Carlos Nikolic, Leo & Fisher) | Venom | Sandman | Jigsaw | James Russoti | Carmine Gazzera | Ink | Maginty | Lance Warner | Camp Canola (Robert Jeffrey Warner) | Fatoush | Grant Walbridge | Salim Yousfobdal | Derek Huff | Ted Jones | Budlofsky | Matheson | Greene Planet (Dominic Greene, Elvis & Edmund Slate) | General Medrano | Colonel Carlos | Gregg Beam | Lieutenant Orso | Craig Mitchell | Yusef Kabira | Guy Haines | Marchetti Pilot | Gregor Karakov | Moishe Soref | Carol Brazier | Carl Anheuser | Veck Simms | James Kent | The Tornado | Naoko Kamawata | T-RIP | Serena Kogan | Koobus Venter | Piet Smit | Obesandjo | Ted Winter | Master Li | Cheng | Liang | Zhuang | Song | Roger Wesley | David Ershon | Benjamin Chudnofsky | Frank Scanlon | Justin Epstein | Racist Cops | Street Gang | Shane | Stephanie | Gargamel (2011) | Azrael (2011) | Robert Ledgard | Vera Cruz | Zeca Ledgard | Marilla Ledgard | Fulgencio | Mike Morris | Boris the Animal | Weasel | Lilly | Obadiah Price | Mr. Wu | Boglodites | Old Joe | Martin Vanger | Gottfried Vanger | Vilos Cohaagen (2012) | United Federation of Britain (Carl Hauser, Lori, Harry & Police Synthetics) | Lizard | Gustav Fiers | Cash Register Thief | Norman Osborn | Spectre (Raoul Silva, Patrice, Severine & Boat Captain) | Calvin Candie | Stephen | Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly | Butch Pooch | Billy Crash | Big Daddy Bennet | Brittle Brothers | Speck Brothers | Stonesipher | The Regulators | Leonide Moguy | Bill Sharp | Old Man Carrucan | Smitty Bacall | Satan | Danny McBride | Jonah Hill | Demons | Ursa | Skrel | Eli Raphelson | Martin Walker | Emil Stenz | Skip Tyler | Muriel Walker | Frat boy Andy | Vexy and Hackus | OmniCorp (Raymond Sellars, Rick Mattox, Tom Pope & Liz Kline) | Antoine Vallon | Karen Dean | Thomas King | Electro | Green Goblin | Donald Menken | Rhino | Ashley Kafka | Felicia Hardy | Vladimir Pushkin | Nicolai Itchenko | Slavi | Agent Kruger | Jessica Delacourt | John Carlyle | Guy Danlily | Miss Hannigan | Annie's Fake Parents | Jungler | Vincent Moore | Hippo | Amerika | Ninja | Yolandi | Vincent Sofel | Donkey Kong | Pac-Man | Eddie Plant | Lady Lisa | Slappy the Dummy | Monsters (Giant Praying Mantis, Will Blake, Lawn Gnomes, Madame Doom, Brent Green, Haunted Car, Count Nightwing, The Haunted Mask, Igor, Headless Horseman, Nila Rahmad, Grim Reaper & Bride of Frankenstein) | Ernst Stavro Blofeld | Max Denbigh | Mr. Hinx | Marco Sciarra | Moreau | Dr. Vogel | Guerra | Abrika | Marshall | Valerian | Lorenzo | Gallo | Francesco and Marco | Norman Nordstrom | Rowan North | Mayhem | Martin Heiss | Electrocuted Ghost | Gertrude Aldridge | Bartholomew Bogue | McCann | Denali | Francis Begbie | Sick Boy | Bestman Salvage (Vulture, Tinkerer, Shocker #1, Shocker #2 & Randy Vale) | Mac Gargan | Aaron Davis | Jason Van Horn | Doc | Darling | Bats | Eddie No-Nose | Griff | Wallace Corporation (Niander Wallace & Luv) | Russel Van Pelt | Tommy Madigan | Dave York | Thomas McGregor | Mr. McGregor | Mrs. McGregor | James Tod | Slender Man | Eddie Brock/Venom | Carlton Drake/Riot | Life Foundation (Roland Treece) | Cletus Kasady | High-T | The Twins | Riza Stavros | Luca Brasi | The Hive | Mysterio's Crew (Mysterio, William Ginter Riva, Victoria Snow, Gutes Guterman, Janice Lincoln, & Doug) | Elementals (Molten Man, Hydro-Man, Sandman, Cyclone & Elemental Fusion) | John Bosley | Hodak | Alexander Brock | Jurgen the Brutal | Fiona Landers | Melinda Landers | Sam Landers | Isabel Aretas | Armando Armas | Melanie Cole | Dr. Emil Harting | Jimmy Dalton | Marcus Tibbs | Barnabas | Samuel Whiskers | Tom Kitten | Mitten | Raylan | Carnage | Shriek | Kasady Family | Ivo Shandor | Braddock | Santiago Moncada | Michael Morbius | Milo Morbius | White Death | Lemon | Tangerine | The Prince | The Hornet | The Wolf

Live-Action TV
Anubis | Sokar | Adria | Apophis | Serpent Guard | Replicators | Ba'al | Ben Chang | Stephen Spreck | Robert Laybourne | Greendale School Board | Alan Connor | Doppeldeaner | Subway | Starburns | Cory Radison | Murray | Silver Ballz | Roger DeSalvo | Preston Koogler | Toby Weeks | Cornelius Hawthorne | Ass Crack Bandit | Zombies | Blorgons | Evil Study Group | G.I. Jobra | Pierce Hawthorne | Space Dracula | Dr. Jackson Han | Salen Morrison | Owen | Dr. Matt Coyle | Billy Butcher | Frenchie | Vought-International (Madelyn Stillwell, Jonah Vogelbaum, Stan Edgar, Ashley Barrett, Frederick Vought, Victoria Neuman & Black-Ops Soldiers) | The Seven (Homelander, Black Noir, Queen Maeve, The Deep, A-Train, Lamplighter, Translucent & Stormfront) | Payback (Soldier Boy, Crimson Countess, Gunpowder, Swatto, Mindstorm & TNT Twins) | Naqib | Mesmer | Popclaw | Big Game | Love Sausage | Ground Hawk | Eagle the Archer | Alastair Adana | Blue Hawk | Little Nina | Silver Kincaid

See Also
007 Villains | Aardman Villains | Amblin Entertainment Villains | Angry Birds Villains | Bad Boys Villains | Blade Runner Villains | Blumhouse Productions Villains | Buena Vista International Villains | Castle Rock Entertainment Villains | Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Villains | Cowboy Bebop Villains | Community Villains | Disney Villains | DreamWorks Villains | Final Fantasy Villains | Fright Night Villains | Ghostbusters Villains | Ghost Rider Villains | Godzilla Villains | Goosebumps Villains | Hellboy Villains | Hotel Transylvania Villains | Jackie Chan Adventures Villains | Jerry Bruckheimer Villains | Jumanji Villains | Karate Kid Villains | Left Behind Villains | Marvel Cinematic Universe Villains | Men in Black Villains | Morbius: The Living Vampire Villains | Muppet Villains | Netflix Villains | New Line Cinema Villains | Open Season Villains | Punisher Villains | Paramount Villains | Rambo Villains | Resident Evil Villains | Ridley Scott Villains | Robocop Villains | Sony's Spider-Man Universe Villains | Spider-Man Villains | Steven Spielberg Villains | Stuart Little Villains | Syfy Villains | Stephen King Villains | Terminator Villains | The Boondocks Villains | The Boys Villains | The Dark Crystal Villains | The Grudge Villains | The Skin I Live In Villains | Total Recall Villains | Trainspotting Villains | Tim Burton Villains | Underworld Villains | Universal Soldier Villains | Universal Studios Villains | Venom Villlains | Village Roadshow Pictures Villains | Warner Bros. Villains | XXX Villains

Advertisement