Role: Jonah King
Release: 2011
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Milton is a hardened felon who has broken out of Hell, intent on finding the Satanic cult leader, Jonah King, who brutally murdered his daughter and kidnapped her baby. He joins forces with a sexy, tough-as-nails waitress, who’s also seeking redemption of her own. Caught in a deadly race against time, Milton has three days to avoid capture, avenge his daughter’s death, and save her baby before she’s mercilessly sacrificed by the cult.


Billy plays Jonah King, a ruthless satanist who believes that sacrificing Milton’s granddaughter will bring Hell back to Earth and he will be immortal. It was his idea to do that voice, that accent: during his first audition, he said he’d never read it out loud so he didn’t know what it was going to sound like! He had a great time with Cage and the creators on set. They all knew they were making “one of those movies that… it is what it is”. “It’s those kinds of roles that really… they give you the sort of safety net to chew up some scenery and not feel in real danger about it, because the movie is what it is,” said Burke when interviewed by AV Club‘s Will Harris in 2012.


“My whole reaction to the thing was, ‘This is why I got into the movies,’ to have this kind of fun. And looking at that character and saying, ‘Oh wow, what can I do there?’ Jonah’s got a plan, he’s got a mission, he’s extremely driven about it too. I immediately got some ideas when I started reading him and the things that he does and says. Jim Jones came to mind and I wanted to bring a little bit of that in. Secondly, all those guys have always craved that kind of attention, that rockstar attention, so my idea was to take a little bit of Jim Jones, maybe a little bit of Jim Morrison, throw that in a blender and see what we came up with.” “With all the bad guys that I’ve played back in the early TV days, never did I have a chance to play a guy that had this kind of abandon. When dreaming up who he was, I always saw him as if he’s a wannabe rockstar, sort of a gunslinger. I started working on some gunslinger tricks because, let’s face it, I’ve always wanted to be in a western anyway!”

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