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Russ Cargill

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Russ Cargill
Russ Cargill2
Sex Male
Status Unknown
Hair Grey
Age 40s/50s
Occupation Supreme Commander of the EPA Forces
First Appearance The Simpsons Movie
Voiced By A. Brooks


You ever tried going mad without power? It's boring! No one listens to you!
―Russ Cargill
There's a couple of things they don't teach you in Harvard Business School: one is how to cope with defeat, the other is how to handle a shotgun. I'm going to do both right now.
―Russ Cargill, about to shoot Homer

Russell "Russ" Cargill is the main antagonist of The Simpsons Movie. He is a successful businessman and the Supreme Commander of the EPA Armed Forces.

Biography Edit

Russ is the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Commander and describes himself as a rich and successful man assigned to the least successful department of the government. He is first seen after a mutated squirrel is captured in Springfield, and presents it to President Schwarzenegger. He then proposes five different solutions to the mass pollution in Springfield and the result is a giant glass dome placed over the town. He appears to the townsfolk via a giant holographic screen and explains that because Springfield has become the most polluted town on the Earth, the government has decided to contain it. Later, the Simpsons escape the dome, and Russ orders extreme and somewhat strange measures to be taken in support of the containment of the town and towards the capture of the Simpsons. One of his henchmen responds by claiming, "Sir, I'm afraid you've gone mad with power!" to which Cargill responds, "Of course I have. Have you ever tried going mad without power? It's boring; no one listens to you."

Cargill later appears once again discussing with the president, about a solution to dispose of Springfield and takes advantage of Schwarzenegger's attitude towards reading plans, tricking him into choosing a particular plan, which is to destroy Springfield. Later, Russ appears at a train station in Seattle after learning that Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie are on a train headed there and sends his troops in to capture them and return them to the dome. When the family are brought back after Homer's failed attempt to rescue them, Russ contacts the town once again via the screen and tells them that the EPA is going to destroy Springfield and everybody within the dome. A helicopter arrives, lifts a plug off the top of the dome and lowers a bomb on a rope in front of the now-destroyed City Hall. Russ impatiently oversees the countdown, and Cletus Spuckler distracts him so the townspeople can escape up the rope. Homer, who has climbed the outside of the dome, jumps through the hole and knocks everyone and the bomb off of the rope and accidentally brings forward the detonation timer, prompting Russ to disappear at this point. Once the bomb detonates outside the dome and shatters it, a worn and battered Cargill wielding a shotgun ambushes Homer and Bart at Springfield Gorge and prepares to kill them in a final attack, but he is pranked by Bart Simpson about the "Treasure of Ima Weiner" before he is suddenly knocked out by a large rock shoved off from a nearby ledge by Maggie before he can fire a single shot. It's unknown if he survived or died with the hit. He probably survived because he was later seen during the ongoing reconstruction.

Non-CanonEdit

He was also seen in Simpsons Comics The Death of Comic Book Guy Part 2. In it, he is giving President Arnold Schwarzenegger the news that people won't be insulted on the Internet anymore. Schwarzenegger then says that he thought that he had fired him and does so after he's finished telling him. Later, in the same comic, he is seen working for Mayor Quimby and telling him about the fight between the nerds and the geeks.

Behind the Laughter Edit

In "The Simpsons Movie", Russ Cargill is voiced by Albert Brooks. His character has gone through many changes over the course of its development. An early version of the White House scene in the movie (available as a deleted scene in the Simpsons Movie DVD) shows an older and dorky model of Russ Cargill, who is arguably less menacing and antagonistic than the current incarnation. The older version is also the version given out in Burger King Kid's Meals promoting the movie.

It was also originally intended for him to be defeated by President Schwarzenegger with a tree branch but it was changed to Maggie with a boulder.

Russ Cargill was not the first villain intended for the Simpsons Movie. The original villain was to be Hank Scorpio from the Season 8 episode "You Only Move Twice", but was changed for an unknown reason.

Trivia Edit

  • It is unknown how Cargill's clothes got ripped and torn before facing Homer and Bart outside Springfield. However, there is a possibility that he and his team were outside of the dome before it exploded.
  • The idea for him could have possibly been based on Bill Clinton's Vice President Al Gore as like Cargill, he's an Enviromentalist and passionate about the Enviroment.

Appearances Edit

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