I have always been fascinated with Frank Doubleday, a scene stealer par excellence. He is the first true inhabitant of New York we see in the film and I think he is the ideal ambassador for the island prison. He is strange, almost extraterrestrial in appearance, intense and a tad theatrical in his menace. I will never forget his affected countdown; “nine-teen…eight-teen…seven-teen”. You’re the best Frank.
Escape from New York, 1981 (dir. John Carpenter)
By Sam Barrett