- "But don't you underestimate me for a second. There's a reason I've survived Washington for this long. It's time to take the gloves off, and make this country strong again..."
- ―Kirby revealing his true colors and motives [src]
Before Angel Has Fallen
However, tensions between the United States and Russia were high and at some point in time, Kirby believed that private military companies were needed and that the United States had to show itself as a strong military power and "take the gloves off".
He believed that Trumbull's diplomacy with Russia and rejection of private military firms made America look vulnerable as the Russians were previously involved in hacking a U.S election.
Therefore, he secretly planned to assassinate Trumbull by hiring Salient Global to frame Mike Banning and assassinate Trumbull in return for a ten million dollar payment. After Salient Global completed the President Trumbull's assassination, he would become the new President and attack Russia for the false assassination.
Kirby is seen in the Oval Office with Trumbull, White House Chief of Staff Sam Wilcox and other U.S officials to explain the leaks given and he seems to agree with Trumbull's opinion about private military companies stating that it was not the same fighting for money than fighting for the country.
After the attack, Kirby is sworn in as Acting President due to Trumbull being in a coma. He learns from Wilcox that the entire protection detail is dead, with the exception of Mike Banning.
After learning that Mike had escaped, Kirby calls Wade through a secure number and asks Wade if he located Mike. When Wade responds that they were working on it, he irritably said that they specifically agreed to keep Mike conscious at the lake so that he could take the blame and that they had let him get away and now has the potential to expose their entire conspiracy. He tells Wade that he feels Wade's personal connection to Mike may not be an asset, but a liability and tells him that if he wanted to benefit from the mission, he would kill Mike for good and called Trumbull's failed assassination his biggest mistake before hanging up.
He then informs the press that Mike was responsible for carrying out Trumbull's assassination attempt with support from the Russian government and states that it was time to act and to go to war with Russia, given their apparent aggression. He then tells the press that he signed an executive order, calling for the use of private military companies in his campaign. After Trumbull awakens from his coma, Kirby calls Wade and tells him to finish the mission once and for all. However, the mission was a failure after Mike Banning and a squad of Secret Service agents defeats Salient Global and kills Wade, with temporary aid from reinforcements, resulting in Trumbull being reinstated and Mike being exonerated.
After Banning was exonerated, Trumbull has David Gentry arrest Kirby for treason and corruption thanks to the evidence kept by Jennings as an insurance policy and uncovered by late FBI Agent Helen Thompson.
Kirby is thought be sentenced to prison for life or executed for his crimes, betrayal, and conspiracy. It is unknown who took his place as Vice President.
Upon his first appearance, Kirby was just shown to be a shy fellow, being a man of few words. He is very timid when seeing how complicated his job is. But in spite of this, Kirby shows his loyalty to the country and is determined to keep it under control after President Trumbull is rendered in a coma following an attempted assassination.
However, it turns out to be all a cover-up to hide his true nature: that of a treacherous and tyrannical mastermind who was actually planning to kill President Trumbull in order to officially take over the role in the White House so he can go to war against Russia, no matter how many people were killed during his scheme and also framing Mike Banning for his actions to ruin Mike's reputation.
Kirby also seems to be obsessed with American militarism as his radical ideas of military strength is what clouded his judgment and bought about his downfall.
- "You're joking right?"
- ―Kirby's last words before getting kicked out of the White House and being arrested for his treachery. [src]
- Kirby is so far the only antagonist in the Has Fallen franchise to be arrested and not die. However, it can be implied that he was sentenced for life or executed for his actions.
- Before the film's release, Wade Jennings was thought to be the main villain because he started the terrorist attack and did all the work. However, Martin Kirby was revealed to be the true mastermind behind the events.
Behind the Scenes
- Vice President Martin Kirby was portrayed by Tim Blake Nelson in Angel Has Fallen.
- He bears an uncanny resemblance to Steven Mnuchin, who served as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury from 2017 till 2021.
- Angel Has Fallen (First appearance)
|Vice President of the United States
2018 - 2019