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Hatcher

Before I came here, what'd you people have? Face it, be fair. I put a roof over your heads, a little coin in your pockets, you barefoot Indians didn't have pockets before Hatcher came along. I gave you life! You can't run this thing without me. I am the heart in the darkness. I am pumping the blood of the modern world into your backward veins, you stinking...ingrate...Oompa-Loompa...MORONS!
~ Hatcher's rant at the end

Cornelius Bernard Hatcher is the main villain of the 2003 action/comedy film The Rundown.

He is played by Christopher Walken, who also played Max Shreck in Batman Returns, Gabriel in The Prophecy films, the Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow, Max Zorin in A View to a Kill, and Frank White in King of New York.

In the film, Hatcher has taken over an area of the Amazon jungle in the middle of Brazil to dig for gold and, more importantly, the hiding place of a priceless artifact, the Gato del Diablo, that a "fortune hunter" named Travis Walker has supposedly found. All the while, he claims to be the salvation of the people of El Dorado, bringing them into the civilized world by building their "city" in the middle of the jungle. If charging people for the shovels they dig with is fair, and a dozen shacks equals a city, perhaps he's okay after all.

When self-termed "retrieval expert" Beck comes to bring Travis back home to America, Hatcher forces him to pay a kickback to allow him to let Travis leave, but as soon as he decides that the time is right, he double-crosses Beck, telling him Travis will never leave, at least not until the Gato del Diablo is in his own hands. Beck fights Hatcher's men and runs off with Travis into the jungle, and the chase is on.

Hatcher's greatest (or worst) quality has to be his arrogance. While working the people of El Dorado to early graves, he casually wears shimmering gold chains around his neck. While the rebels, hoping to drive Hatcher out of town, hide in the jungle, he sends his gang in clean house, finding Beck and Travis in the process. While his boys do the dirty work, Hatcher still finds time to get his trigger finger dirty too.

Eventually, he does end up with the Gato, but has to fight off Beck not only to regain control of it, but to survive as well. In the end, the townspeople get exactly what they want, and Beck delivers on all of his promises. That's certainly something Hatcher never did. Hatcher confronts Beck and is shot when he attempts to attack Mariana. Agreeing to leave the town, Hatcher attempts to walk away but collapses dead.

Quotes

Tell 'em to dig harder!
When a man of your dimensions travels all this way to visit a place like this...it...arouses the curiosity.
~ To Beck
"Where you see Hell, I see a spell-binding sense of purpose. I see the value of keeping your eye on the ball. When a bride slips the ring on her finger, when a businessman lays his hands on a Rolex, when a rapper gets a shiny new tooth, this is that cost, Mr. Beck—my horror for their beauty, my Hell for their little slice of Heaven. Somebody's gotta keep his eye on the ball. That somebody is me, Mr. Beck. I am down here every day, keeping my eye on the ball. That's just a simple fact of life. And if you're bold enough to face that cold hard fact...you can make a lot of money.
~ Hatcher explaining himself to Beck
Mr. Beck...there's been a slight change in the narrative. An unexpected twist, you might say.
~ Hatcher, as he double-crosses Beck
Well, fortunately, I had my fingers crossed the whole time.
~ After Beck confronts him
That's just not the way to do business.
Don't rock the boat! Don't make waves.
~ When Beck and Harvey start arguing
You're dead already. You just don't know it.
~ After Beck and Travis flee from the bar
What am I, psychic?
~ After Harvey asks him if Beck and Travis are dead
I feel like a little boy who's lost his first tooth, put it under his pillow, waiting for the Tooth Fairy to come. Only two evil burglars have crept in my window, and snatched it, before she could get here... Wait a second. Do you understand...the CONCEPT of the Tooth Fairy? ... She takes the god-damned thing, and gives you a quarter! They've got my tooth! I want it back.
~ To his henchmen
I want hunting parties. Small ones. Find them. FIND THEM!
~ After Beck, Travis, and Mariana escape
Your plan of attack was a bit naïve. Man, if only I were about ten minutes younger, huh? I suppose now we have a conservation where you enlighten me. How many more of you are out there? Enlighten me! Where are the rest of your compadres? Enlighten me! What I don't get is why you people so hostile. I've been good to you! I built you a town. Why are we fighting? Enlighten me!
~ Interrogating Mariana
That's a lot of cows.
~ After a herd of cows stampede through the town
What nerve!
Boom, boom.
~ Watching the final battle
You got the moves! I'll give you that!
~ After being disarmed by Beck
You've reached into the wrong refrigerator, Mr. Beck.
~ Before trying to shoot Beck

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