Verbal appears devastated and limps out of the police station. All appears to be resolved. Watch the final scene:. In a interview with Cinetropolis , McQuarrie recalled sitting at his desk, gazing at a bulletin board, when he stumbled on the idea. Once the movie went into production in , the filmmakers began devising tricks to prevent the audience from guessing its big reveal. Chief among these was casting Spacey, a then-little-known actor who had impressed Singer and McQuarrie in a recurring role on the CBS crime drama Wiseguy. You try and shoot this flashback without putting Kevin Spacey in it.
CNN In August , a crime drama called "The Usual Suspects" opened in a handful of theaters and soon accomplished two remarkable things. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Photos: Great movie twists. Kevin Spacey obviously likes twists, right up to his present-day role in the TV series "House of Cards. David Fincher directed. Hide Caption. Take Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" , in which star Janet Leigh's character is killed off in the shower less than halfway through the film -- never mind all the business with Norman Bates Anthony Perkins and his mother. Night Shyamalan is fond of twists and probably put them to best use in his first major film, 's "The Sixth Sense.
The character was inspired by real life murderer John List and the spy thriller No Way Out , which featured a shadowy KGB mole who may or may not actually exist. The character has placed on numerous "best villain" lists over the years, including AFI's Years Spacey won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor , turning him from a character actor into a star. Since the release of the film, the character has become synonymous with infamous criminals. Analysis of the character has focused on the ambiguity of his true identity and whether he even exists inside the story's reality. Eventually, a powerful underworld figure responsible for their meeting was added to the plot. McQuarrie combined this plot with another idea of his based on the true story of John List , who murdered his family and started a new life.
One day, few years ago, a friend asked me what The Usual Suspects was about. He was sure I already mentioned it to him, and he was not wrong. Two weeks earlier I stumbled in the movie almost by accident, and for days I did nothing else than talking about it. When that friend asked me, I suddenly realized that I have not one, not two, but three possible answers.