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Hey, Pam, remember when I said this car was death proof? Well, that wasn't a lie. This car is 100% death proof. Only to get the benefit of it, honey, you REALLY need to be sitting in my seat.
~ Stuntman Mike just before killing Pam.

"Stuntman Mike" McKay is the main antagonist of Quentin Tarantino's 2007 film Death Proof. He is a sadistic Hollywood stuntman who takes pleasure in killing women with his car.

He was portrayed by Kurt Russell, who also played Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and John Ruth in The Hateful Eight.

Personality

Stuntman Mike is charming, loquacious, and rugged, quick to impress people (particularly attractive women) with his stories about working as a stuntman in the glory days of racing movies like Vanishing Point and The Cannonball Run. Once they are in his power, however, he reveals his true self: a sadistic psychopath who derives excitement and warped sexual pleasure from killing women with his specially made, "death proof" car - either by running them over, crashing into them, or purposely getting into accidents that are fatal to his passengers, but leave him without a scratch.

Biography

Stuntman Mike is first seen in a bar in Austin, Texas, approaching three young women - Arlene, Julia, and Shanna - and responding to a challenge Julia made that day on her radio show: reciting the Robert Frost poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening", and in return getting a lap dance from Arlene. She is reluctant at first, but Mike charms her into going through with it.

Later that night, Mike chats up another young woman, Pam, and convinces her to let him give her a ride home in his car, which he has specially fortified with a roll cage to make sure he survives any collision. On the way, Pam starts to get nervous and asks to be let out, but Mike replies that his car is only "death proof" if one is seating in the driver's seat; he then slams on the brakes, causing Pam to lurch forward and shatter her skull on the dashboard, killing her.

He then catches up to Arlene and her friends, who are driving home, and rams his car into theirs, killing all three women. Local Sheriff Earl McGraw suspects that Mike rammed the car on purpose, but cannot prove it, and Mike is released without charge because he had been sober at the time of the crash.

Fourteen months later, Mike sets his sights on four new victims: Abernathy Ross, Kim Mathis, Zoe Bell, and Lee Montgomery, who are test-driving a 1970 Dodge Challenger. He stalks them and finds out that they are playing "ship's mast", a game in which someone ties themselves to the hood of a speeding car, with Zoe on the hood. Mike repeatedly rams his car into theirs, until he sends Zoe flying off the hood and into a ditch. He gets out of the car to gloat, only for Kim to shoot him in the arm.

Mike drives away, panicked and in pain, and tries to extract the bullet himself, to no avail. Moments later, the women - including Zoe, who is also a stunt professional and survived the fall uninjured - pursue him in a car chase that ends with them forcing him off the road. They then drag him out of the car over his blubbered apologies, and give him a savage beating; it is implied that they kill him.

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