Carl Fogarty

Carl Fogarty

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Carl Fogarty is the main antagonist in the film adaptation of the graphic novel A History of Violence. In the graphic novel, his name is Torrino. He worked with Richie Cusack.

He was portrayed by Ed Harris in the film adaptation.


In the film, after the protagonist Tom Stall kills two criminals when one of them was about to rape his waitress, he becomes a local hero and is shown on the news reports, which attracts Fogarty's attention to his little (and normally peaceful) hometown of Millbrook, Indiana. Carl shows up at Stall's diner with two henchmen, claiming Tom's actual name is Joey Cusack and that he's from Philadelphia, which confuses him and upsets his wife Edie, and then taunts him a little more before leaving. Edie calls the local sheriff Sam Carney, who advises Fogarty to leave town, and later informs the Stall family that the man in question is a mobster from the East Coast, who spent 15 years in prison on several charges of murder, assault and disappearances.

A few days later, he finds Edie in a shopping center after spotting her daughter Sarah, and has a little conversation with her about Tom and his past, and his personal story with him. He dares her to ask "Tom" about it, to which she replies by warning him that she'll ask for a restraining order.

One afternoon, after Tom argues with his son Jack for beating a bully at school, Carl -accompanied by his two accomplices- shows up at his house demanding that he comes along with them. As he refuses, Fogarty uses Jack -who had walked away after the argument- as a hostage in exchange for his father. At first it seems to work, so they return Jack to his house, but Tom still doesn't want to go, so Carl asks his henchmen to force him to get in the car. Tom dispatches both of them, but Fogarty manages to shoot him in the shoulder, flooring him. He closes in and asks Joey if he has anything to say before he kills him; it is at this moment when Tom reveals that he is Joey when he tells Carl he should have killed him back in Philly and as Carl says his last words to Tom. He is suddenly killed with a shotgun blast to the back by Jack.