Simon Callum is the protagonist/anti-hero of the 2015 horror-thriller The Gift.

He is portrayed by Jason Bateman who played Guy Trilby in Bad Words.

Early life

Simon was born in 1973 and raised in Los Angeles, California; he has a younger sister who was born when he was about five. His mother and sister are both still alive as of 2015, yet it is unknown what happened to Simon's father, who was implied to have been abusive to his son, which very well could have led to Simon's personality as a bully, which developed in his youth and stuck with him even decades later.

In high school, Simon was part of the Student Council where he served as Class President, spreading the campaign 'Simon Says' like the kids game. Simon and his best friend at the time, Greg Pierson, were known to some people as bullies while in school. In 1990, during their senior year, Simon and Greg spread a rumor that underclassman Gordon "Gordo" Mosley was gay, which ruined his life at school and at home when Gordo's father tried to kill him; Gordo eventually switched schools, while Simon graduated in 1991, not staying in contact with anyone from school, not even Greg. In the meantime, Simon had told his family that he saved Gordo from being molested so that he did not get in trouble.

Simon went to college and soon became employed at the security company Orthus in Chicago, where he met his future wife Robyn, whom he married a few years before the events of the film.

The Gift

In 2014, Simon and Robyn move back to Los Angeles where Simon's life soon begins to unravel, as if karma begins to haunt him for being a bully, beginning with his former victim Gordo coming into his life again.

Role as the True Main Villain

Starting out as the promising hero in the beginning of the movie, it soon turns out that Simon's actions throughout the movie make him the true main villain, while Gordo, who was promoted as the villain, possibly never did a villainous act in the movie beyond stalking, breaking into houses, and poisoning and knocking out Robyn, as there are other theories on how bad things have began happening to Simon and Robyn.


  • Simon is similar to Macbeth in the sense that while trying to defeat the antagonist, they themselves become the true main villain through their own actions.
    • He also shares this similarity with William Foster from Falling Down.
  • He is also similar to Blaire Lily from Unfriended; despite being the main character, they are also bullies and in fact turn out to be the true main antagonist. The Gift and Unfriended both came out in 2015.