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Joshua Foss

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What kind of lunatic are you?
~ Vice President
The best kind.
~ Joshua Foss

Joshua Foss is the main antagonist in the 1995 film Sudden Death.

He is portrayed by Powers Boothe, who also portrays Senator Roark, Gorilla Grodd and Benjamin Travis.


Foss is a former government official, now a terrorist leader, who holds Vice President Daniel Binder and various other VIPs hostage in a luxury suite at the Civic Arena. He had previously wired the arena with explosives and intends to detonate them at the end of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. During this time, he would have millions of dollars wired to his off-shore accounts. Firefighter Darren McCord is forced to make the game go into overtime in order for him to save his children from Foss.

At the end of the film, Foss disguises himself and tries to escape, but McCord's daughter, Emily, recognizes him. Foss captures her and McCord gives chase, eventually confronting him at the top of the arena. Foss manages to climb into a helicopter but before he can get away, McCord shoots the pilots dead. With no one to steer it, the helicopter falls into the arena, with the screaming Foss still inside, and crashes into the ice before exploding.


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