- "A prison should be a real deterrent, not a goddamn nursing home."
- —Bill Boss[src]
Bill Boss is the main protagonist in The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) and part of a villainous duo with Dwight Butler in which they use their prisoners to create a 500-person centipede. He is the warden of George H.W. Bush State Prison in which the new centipede is created.
William "Bill" Boss is a German-American originating from Schweinfurt. His grandfather owned a pig farm where Bill learned how to preform castrations. Bill eventually moved to the United States of America and formed a strong, patriotic bond with the country to the extent that he deemed smoking Cuban cigars as synonymous with being a Communist.
The Human Centipede 3Edit
Bill Boss is the sadistic and ruthless warden of George H.W. Bush State Prison. Due to the extreme pressures brought onto him by his job, Bill brutalizes his prisoners who misbehave and often resorts to cruel punishments such as breaking Inmate 178's arm for stabbing a prison guard. The poor statistics produced by his prison and a lack of respect from the prisoners in it encourages Bill to come up with crueller punishments, including water-boarding a prisoner with boiling water and castrating a particularly rebellious prisoner designated Inmate 297 using nothing but a knife and blowtorch before having the testicles for lunch. Nevertheless, these inhuman methods do not improve standards and only add to the medical costs.
Bill works closely with his accountant Dwight Butler and assistant Daisy who he abuses both verbally and sexually, even in the presence of Dwight. Bill's job (along with his accountant's) faces threat of termination by Governor Hughes because his prison's poor results will look badly at the election. Dwight makes Bill watch Tom Six's body horror films The Human Centipede (First Sequence) and The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) in hopes of opening him to the idea of making their inmates into a gigantic human prison centipede. Bill does not catch wind of what Dwight is suggesting and brushes the films off as being "B-movie shit" which Dwight has showed him because he almost looks precisely like "that retarded pervert" from the second movie. Dwight spends half of the film trying to introduce the idea to Bill who keeps getting distracted, and instead opts for bringing back medieval torture methods such as reverse hanging, Spanish boots, and "the good old rack!", along with news ideas like using poisonous spiders against prisoners with arachnophobia, force-feeding Muslims and Jews raw slaughterhouse pork and beating them crippled with Torahs, Korans or Bibles.
When Dwight finally announces his idea to make a human centipede, Bill disbelieves that it could be done - dismissing the idea as the creator's "poop fetish" - and refuses to speak with Tom Six who was invited to the prison in order to ask for his permission to do the surgery. He fires Dwight before continuing in his drunken rage. Bill then has a nightmare where a group of prisoners corner him and hold him down as Inmate 178 cuts a hole into his kidney and rapes into it. After waking up, Bill decides to give Dwight and Tom Six a chance to hear them out. Upon hearing the extent of Dwight's idea, Bill changes his mind and becomes enthusiastic about the notion, making the project effective immediately. Bill decides to show the prisoners the first two Human Centipede films during their monthly movie night before announcing them their fate. Dwight is hesitant about this idea and it results in an uproar of the prisoners who chase after Bill and Dwight into his office, before they are stopped by special forces.
Bill gleefully continues with Dwight's idea once all the prisoners are dispatched. He knocks the inmates out within their cells himself with a sedation rifle to prepare them for the mass operation and explains to them how the surgery will go through a megaphone. Tom Six returns to oversee the operation and Bill gives him a sneak-peak of his own addition to the centipede idea when he shows him the death row and life sentence prisoners having their limbs sawed off. This causes Six to vomit before running off, and Bill insults him for it.
In preparation for Governor Hughes' return visit, Bill and Dwight enact a conversation between Bill and the Governor which Bill hopes will cause Hughes to discard his "communism". It then become clear that Bill isn't willing to let Dwight take credit for the idea as he looks at himself in the mirror and talks about being rewarded by the president of the United States. When Hughes does show up, Bill proudly introduces him to the 500-person centipede living in the prison yard along with "The Human Caterpillar"; the fate of the death row/life sentence prisoners. Hughes concludes that both Bill and Dwight are insane and should receive the death penalty, before leaving in disgust. A furious Bill then murders Dr. Jones before planning to do the same to Dwight, the prisoners and himself. However, Hughes returns several minutes later - having had a complete change of heart - and tells Bill and Dwight that "this is exactly what America needs", leaving with a positive feeling that will usher a new age in the American correctional systems. Bill then hugs Dwight before shooting him in the head as he doesn't want him to take the credit.
Bill is then seen standing completely naked in a watchtower above his human prison centipede, happily and insanely roaring into his megaphone at his victory, as his prisoners stay kneeled down in a helpless state.
Behind the scenesEdit
Following the post-production of The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011), writer/director Tom Six and producer Ilona Six invited actor Dieter Laser and his wife to a private screening of the film. Afterwards, Tom Six and Ilona Six offered the leading role of The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) to Dieter Laser, going over the film's story in a similar fashion to the cast process of The Human Centipede (First Sequence). As with First Sequence, Laser was impressed with Tom Six's vision for the film. However, upon receiving the script, Dieter Laser was shocked by the graphic content.
In early 2012, Laser refused to portray his role in only seven weeks prior to filming, causing principal photography to be delayed until later that year. Six Entertainment Company then threatened to file a lawsuit against Dieter Laser, with Ilona Six releasing a statement stating "Because of the success of The Human Centipede, it seems that Mr. Dieter Laser’s ego has grown to laughably big proportions." Laser released a statement of his own, "It’s very simple: I loved the story when it was told, got the contract and the promise to have the script in four to six weeks. When it arrived -- half a year later and only after the official announcement -- I didn’t like the realization at all, couldn’t identify with the character the way it was written and developed immediately and enthusiastically in a day and night marathon a version full of concrete and practical suggestions which would enable me to play the lead full throttle – same procedure as with Dr. Heiter – but this time it also would have had some unavoidable effects to the dramatic structure. That was too much for Tom, and since he couldn’t live with my suggestions and I as a method actor couldn’t identify with his version, I told him that I couldn’t see any other way than that he would have to ‘change horses.’ That’s it.”
In an attempt to persuade Dieter Laser to play the role, Tom Six had a four hour meeting at the Sheraton Restaurant at the Airport of Amsterdam, where he convinced Laser of the darkly comedic and satirical nature of the film. According to Laser, "When the script finally arrived, I took the '100% Politically Incorrect' one hundred percent too seriously. I was blindfolded, only saw the extreme horror, didn’t realise the comedy in it, was shocked to the bones, afraid and stubborn and it escalated into my refusal to play the part. Thank God, Tom did not give in, he didn’t change the script; but he also didn’t give up to try to convince me and finally he managed to open my eyes for the hilarious, vitriolic comedy in his THC3 script and this meeting triggered the beginning of a wonderful creative time by developing together the character Bill Boss." In January 2013, the legal battle between Six Entertainment Company and Dieter Laser drew to a close as Laser agreed to play Bill Boss. Laser reflected on the situation, declaring "I never ever would have thought that all our differences and misunderstandings would in the end lead to an even deeper and warmer understanding and appreciation of each other. In this regard, I am actually thankful about the whole fuss because it turned out to be an advantage and a wonderful present for our film and for our friendship."
The character Bill Boss was created as a foil for the mad doctor Josef Heiter. In the words of Tom Six, "Dieter played a cold, restrained doctor in Part 1; now he is a loud, racist, sadistic a–hole." Tom Six later elaborated on this in an interview with BVtv: "I had the idea of doing the complete opposite of Doctor Heiter. So I wanted this loud, screaming, ignorant ass hole, this coward-ish character. I discussed it with Dieter and he loved it so much that he could show a whole different side of him. He usually is cast as a restrained guy and a slow talking guy, and this time he went full force and I didn't stop him either. I lot of times, directors say 'that's a little bit too much' but he just went for it. And I read in a lot of reviews that Dieter is so much screaming and so over-the-top, and why cannot a villain be so much screaming and over-the-top? It's something we haven't seen before, I think in this extremity and that's why I love him so much." Laser listed the narrative keys for Bill Boss as 'the cartoonish alien' – 'the desert-snake' – 'the ageless evil' - a 'creature from beyond' in the disguise of a ‘comic-strip warden.'
- Bill Boss is played by Dieter Laser, who had played Josef Heiter in The Human Centipede (First Sequence). In the alternate ending to Final Sequence, it is revealed that the film was merely a dream that Josef Heiter had after the death of his 3Dog. In the dream, Heiter was Bill Boss. The dream is what inspired Heiter to create his human centipede in First Sequence.
- He appears to be wearing similar attire to that of Tom Six, the creator of The Human Centipede series.
- ↑ The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 http://www.starburstmagazine.com/features/interviews/12216-dieter-laser-interview
- ↑ http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/32307/human-centipede-lawsuit-slithers-forth-six-entertainment-company-to-sue-dieter-laser/
- ↑ http://www.ew.com/article/2012/03/30/human-centipede-3-tom-six-sues-dieter-laser
- ↑ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/human-centipede-3-production-delayed-dieter-laser-tom-six-306313?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thr%2Ffilm+%28The+Hollywood+Reporter+-+Movies%29&utm_content=Google+Reader
- ↑ http://www.ew.com/article/2013/01/07/human-centipede-3-dieter-laser-tom-six
- ↑ http://www.ew.com/article/2014/03/04/
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRupPigfdLg