M. Night Shyamalan has created quite a cast of characters to populate his Eastrail 177 Trilogy – Unbreakable, Split, and now Glass – but few are as interesting as Kevin Wendell Crumb.
The character, played with aplomb by Atomic Blonde‘s James McAvoy, suffers from dissociative identity disorder, with 24 individual personalities living within his psyche. McAvoy’s performance in Split as Kevin Wendell Crumb is astounding, adding depth and layers to many of the personalities we meet and playing them so distinctively that he all but disappears into each of the new voices. In Glass, the film brings together the characters of Split and Unbreakable, and the 39-year-old Scottish actor ends up with an even greater task at hand because of his surroundings. Just be warned: spoilers for Glass to follow from this point on!
Most of the film takes place within the walls of a psychiatric facility, where Kevin, David Dunn (Bruce Willis), and Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) are being held by the mysterious, devious psychologist Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson). She spends countless hours attempting to convince the three that they don’t actually have superhuman abilities, coming up with excuses for everything they’re able to do in an attempt to prove they’re suffering from delusions. She uses all of their “weaknesses” against them to keep them in check – spraying David with water, drugging Mr. Glass to keep his mind hazy – and uses a bright flashing light to trigger Kevin to cycle to a different, less dangerous personality.
This means McAvoy switches between more and more personalities than he does in the previous film, resulting in a better portrait of “The Horde” (what Kevin’s personalities collectively call themselves) than ever before. To help you keep them all apart, we’re breaking down Kevin’s many varied personalities ahead.