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{{Sidebar/character|status = Deceased|nationality = {{nationality|us}}|actor = [[Randy Quaid]]|firstseen = <small>''[[Independence Day]]''</small>|image = [[File:ScreenShotg003.jpg|250px]]|caption = Russell Casse (1996)}}'''Russell Casse''' is a [[Human]] who sacrificed himself to destroy a [[City Destroyer (Area 51)|City Destroyer]] during [[The Battle of Area 51]] by flying right into it heat ray core. 
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|status = Deceased
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| deathdate = July 4, 1996
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| profession = Fighter pilot<br> Crop duster pilot
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| marital = Widowed
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| spouse = Maria Casse
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|children = [[Miguel Casse]], [[Alicia Casse]], [[Troy Casse]]
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|actor = [[Wikipedia:Randy Quaid|Randy Quaid]]
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|firstseen = ''[[Independence Day]]''
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|deathplace = Area 51, Nevada
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{{Quote|Hello, boys! I'm ''baaaaack!''
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- Russell Casse's last words.}}
   
==Background==
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'''Russell Casse''' (died July 4, 1996) was a Vietnam War fighter pilot and crop duster from [[Imperial Valley]], California who sacrificed himself to destroy a [[City Destroyer]] threatening [[Area 51]] during the [[War of 1996]].
Russell served as a pilot in the [[Vietnam War]] in the 1960s/early 1970s. Around 1986 he was abducted by the aliens. They did a lot of experiments on him that led to trauma's. When his wife got sick, he could not give her enough attention, because he was searching for clues about his abduction. This led to her death, and to Russell's drinking problem. He and his children live in a camper, and he worked as a crop duster. 
 
   
==Survival Theory==
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===Background===
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Russell served as a F-4 fighter pilot for the United States Air Force in the [[Wikipedia:Vietnam War|Vietnam War]]. Around 1986, he claimed that he was abducted by aliens and attested that they conducted several experiments on him that led to his trauma and his belief that they are planning to kill humanity. His story was disbelieved by the public, earning Russell mockery from his peers and consternation from his family.
   
A popular theory regarding Russell Casse is that he ejects at the last minute even though Bill Pullman explicitly says this isn't possible without the plane leveling out and the kamikaze mission failing. Proponents of this theory believe that Casse manages to wrap his belt around the throttle in a way that the plane is kept in an upward trajectory and then, immediately after screaming "Hello, boys!! I'M BAAAAAAAACK," bails out of his fighter jet and parachutes safely to a nearby field.
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When his wife got sick, Russell could not give her enough attention, because of his obsession in searching for clues about his abduction. This led to her death, and to Russell's drinking problem and straining his relationship with his children, especially his eldest son [[Miguel Casse|Miguel]]. He and his children live in a camper, and he worked as a crop duster pilot in California's [[Imperial Valley]]. 
   
Supporters of the theory cite the fact that Russell Casse is too hardcore to die and the fact that Jeff Goldblum/Will Smith "don't seem sad enough that he's dead for him to actually be dead."
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===War of 1996===
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By the advent of the [[Harvesters|aliens]]' [[War of 1996|arrival in July 1996]], Russell was arrested for papering city hall with leaflets from his crop duster in an desperate attempt to warn the public that the aliens are a threat. However, Russell was soon released as the authorities was focused on more pressing matters in light of the aliens. After the aliens began their attack, Russell and his family joined a large convoy of refugees and come across Captain [[Steven Hiller]] with a [[Alien pilot|captured alien]]. Guided by Captain Hiller, the Casse family and the refugees traveled to [[Area 51]].
   
Opponents of the theory, however opine that none of the evidence cited by supporters of the theory consists of actual footage from the film; they also usually mention the fact that Casse surviving the final assault completely ruins his fairly standard redemptive arc from crazy drunk to sacrificial hero.
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Russell later volunteered in [[Thomas Whitmore|President Whitmore's]] counterattack on the aliens, assigned to fly a McDonnell Douglas [[F/A-18 Hornet|F/A-18C Hornet]]. During the [[Battle of Area 51|attack on Area 51]], Russell was integral in destroying the alien [[City Destroyer]], as he was piloting the only available fighter jet with a missile left to destroy the Destroyer's weapon port. All the others had exhausted their missiles. However, the AMRAAM missile jammed when he attempted to fire it. Russell then made a fateful decision by flying his jet directly into the weapon in a suicide attack. Before making his sacrifice, Russell sends a heartfelt request to ground control, which is also heard by Miguel, to "Tell my children...I love them very much." Russell's suicide attack succeeded in destroying the alien ship, saving Area 51 and his family.
   
The issue is hotly debated to this day.
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===Legacy===
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'''[[Major Mitchell]]:''' What your father did was very brave. You should be proud of him.<br>
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'''Miguel Casse:''' I am.}}
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After the war, Russell was remembered as a war hero, and his name is etched in a national memorial at [[Washington, D.C.]] alongside with other participants who also died during the War of 1996 after the capital was rebuilt.<ref>''[[Independence Day: Resurgence]]''</ref> His death served as an inspiration to [[Jake Morrison]], who looked up to him as a role model for proving that a broken person can become a better person.<ref>''[[Independence Day: Crucible]]''</ref>
   
== Russell wasn't Real Theory ==
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==Gallery==
A controversial theory regarding Russell Casse is that he was already deceased at the start of the film. His character had been abducted prior to the events in the film and many clues point to the "Russell" in the film being an alien impostor. Russell's behavior is erratic and inhuman; he also has trouble relating to his children and other members of the community. His ability to "think like an alien" is clearly evident and can only be easily explained by this theory. Prior to conquering a species the aliens would first need to understand their culture and would obviously use "sleeper agents" to infiltrate all levels of society. Some have theorized that when Russell says "Hello, boys! I'm BACK!" he is simply trying to return to his people when he accidentally crashes his plane into their ship. This theory was first proposed by filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan who credits this film with providing his inspiration for the ''Sixth Sense''. In a 2001 interview with Vanity Fair, Shyamalan was quoted as saying "...when I realized that Russell was dead the entire time and we were given clues throughout the film, I just had this AHA moment. That night I wrote the first draft (of Sixth Sense.)"
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===Alternate death===
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==Memorable Quotes==
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{{Quote|We've got to stop them! I was kidnapped by space aliens 10 years ago! They did all kinds of experiments on me! They've been studying us for years, finding out our weaknesses! We've gotta stop 'em! They're gonna kill us all!
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- Russell trying to warn the public on television.}}
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{{Quote|Good God! I've been sayin' it. I've been sayin' it for ten damn years. Ain't I been sayin' it, Miguel? Yeah, I've been sayin' it.}}
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{{Quote|Well, I'm, uh, Russell Casse, sir. And, uh... after 'Nam, I got into crop-dusting. And, uh... been doing that ever since. On a personal note, sir, I'd just like to add that, uh...ever since I was kidnapped by aliens 10 years ago,...I have been dyin' for some payback, and I...just want you to know that, uh... I won't let you down.
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- Russell giving his background information to [[Major Mitchell]].}}
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{{Quote|I picked a hell of a day to quit drinkin'.}}
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{{Quote|Payback's a bitch, ain't it?
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- Russell destroys his first alien attacker.}}
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{{Quote|All right, you alien assholes! In the words of my generation: Up... YOURS!}}
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==Appearances==
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*''[[Independence Day]]''/''[[Independence Day (novel)|novel]]''
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==Behind the Scenes==
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*In the original ending of ''Independence Day'', Russell was disallowed to fly. However, he arrives at the end of the battle flying his crop duster (which he has been towing behind his motor home) with a missile strapped to its wing and flying it into the City Destroyer's weapon. [[Roland Emmerich]] and [[Dean Devlin]] admitted that this implied that Russell flew into the battle planning to commit suicide since he could not launch the missile from his plane and therefore scrapped it in favor of having Russell making the decision to sacrifice himself ''after'' he was in the air helping the cause, both for the emotional reason of allowing the audience to see Casse make the decision to die for the human race and the practical issue that having the biplane keep pace while flying amongst F/A-18s was "just not believable". This alternate scene was added in the laserdisc special edition. The scripted version is also included in the film's [[Independence Day (novel)|novelization]].
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*Russell's alien abduction story is never made quite clear on whether his claims were a real experience or his own delusion. The Marvel comic-book version however indicates that his abduction was real and that he was abducted by the same aliens that would arrive in force in 1996. In the novelization, Russell sees the alien captured by Steve Hiller and was unable to recognize it as the same creatures who abducted him, which left him doubting about his abduction. However, he only saw the creature's bio-suit, which in fact contains an alien that is identical to his abductors.
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*Russel's biplane was the only actual flying airplane seen in ''Independence Day'' as all the other fighter jets, airliners and other planes were either mockups, models or digital creations.
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*The explosion that Russell caused by flying into the weapon was the same explosion effect used for the destruction of the Empire State Building. The VFX-Team just turned the effect upside down.
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==References==
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Russell Casse
Rus 02 portrait
Biographical Information
Status: Deceased
Date of death: July 4, 1996
Place of death: Area 51, Nevada
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Career Information
Profession: Fighter pilot
Crop duster pilot
Family Information
Marital status: Widowed
Spouse(s): Maria Casse
Children: Miguel Casse, Alicia Casse, Troy Casse
Portrayal
Played by: Randy Quaid
First appearance: Independence Day
Hello, boys! I'm baaaaack!

- Russell Casse's last words.

Russell Casse (died July 4, 1996) was a Vietnam War fighter pilot and crop duster from Imperial Valley, California who sacrificed himself to destroy a City Destroyer threatening Area 51 during the War of 1996.

Biography

Background

Russell served as a F-4 fighter pilot for the United States Air Force in the Vietnam War. Around 1986, he claimed that he was abducted by aliens and attested that they conducted several experiments on him that led to his trauma and his belief that they are planning to kill humanity. His story was disbelieved by the public, earning Russell mockery from his peers and consternation from his family.

When his wife got sick, Russell could not give her enough attention, because of his obsession in searching for clues about his abduction. This led to her death, and to Russell's drinking problem and straining his relationship with his children, especially his eldest son Miguel. He and his children live in a camper, and he worked as a crop duster pilot in California's Imperial Valley

War of 1996

By the advent of the aliens' arrival in July 1996, Russell was arrested for papering city hall with leaflets from his crop duster in an desperate attempt to warn the public that the aliens are a threat. However, Russell was soon released as the authorities was focused on more pressing matters in light of the aliens. After the aliens began their attack, Russell and his family joined a large convoy of refugees and come across Captain Steven Hiller with a captured alien. Guided by Captain Hiller, the Casse family and the refugees traveled to Area 51.

Russell later volunteered in President Whitmore's counterattack on the aliens, assigned to fly a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet. During the attack on Area 51, Russell was integral in destroying the alien City Destroyer, as he was piloting the only available fighter jet with a missile left to destroy the Destroyer's weapon port. All the others had exhausted their missiles. However, the AMRAAM missile jammed when he attempted to fire it. Russell then made a fateful decision by flying his jet directly into the weapon in a suicide attack. Before making his sacrifice, Russell sends a heartfelt request to ground control, which is also heard by Miguel, to "Tell my children...I love them very much." Russell's suicide attack succeeded in destroying the alien ship, saving Area 51 and his family.

Legacy

Major Mitchell: What your father did was very brave. You should be proud of him.
Miguel Casse: I am.

After the war, Russell was remembered as a war hero, and his name is etched in a national memorial at Washington, D.C. alongside with other participants who also died during the War of 1996 after the capital was rebuilt.[1] His death served as an inspiration to Jake Morrison, who looked up to him as a role model for proving that a broken person can become a better person.[2]

Gallery

Death and Sacrifice

Alternate death

Memorable Quotes

We've got to stop them! I was kidnapped by space aliens 10 years ago! They did all kinds of experiments on me! They've been studying us for years, finding out our weaknesses! We've gotta stop 'em! They're gonna kill us all!

- Russell trying to warn the public on television.

Good God! I've been sayin' it. I've been sayin' it for ten damn years. Ain't I been sayin' it, Miguel? Yeah, I've been sayin' it.
Well, I'm, uh, Russell Casse, sir. And, uh... after 'Nam, I got into crop-dusting. And, uh... been doing that ever since. On a personal note, sir, I'd just like to add that, uh...ever since I was kidnapped by aliens 10 years ago,...I have been dyin' for some payback, and I...just want you to know that, uh... I won't let you down.

- Russell giving his background information to Major Mitchell.

I picked a hell of a day to quit drinkin'.
Payback's a bitch, ain't it?

- Russell destroys his first alien attacker.

All right, you alien assholes! In the words of my generation: Up... YOURS!

Appearances

Behind the Scenes

  • In the original ending of Independence Day, Russell was disallowed to fly. However, he arrives at the end of the battle flying his crop duster (which he has been towing behind his motor home) with a missile strapped to its wing and flying it into the City Destroyer's weapon. Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin admitted that this implied that Russell flew into the battle planning to commit suicide since he could not launch the missile from his plane and therefore scrapped it in favor of having Russell making the decision to sacrifice himself after he was in the air helping the cause, both for the emotional reason of allowing the audience to see Casse make the decision to die for the human race and the practical issue that having the biplane keep pace while flying amongst F/A-18s was "just not believable". This alternate scene was added in the laserdisc special edition. The scripted version is also included in the film's novelization.
  • Russell's alien abduction story is never made quite clear on whether his claims were a real experience or his own delusion. The Marvel comic-book version however indicates that his abduction was real and that he was abducted by the same aliens that would arrive in force in 1996. In the novelization, Russell sees the alien captured by Steve Hiller and was unable to recognize it as the same creatures who abducted him, which left him doubting about his abduction. However, he only saw the creature's bio-suit, which in fact contains an alien that is identical to his abductors.
  • Russel's biplane was the only actual flying airplane seen in Independence Day as all the other fighter jets, airliners and other planes were either mockups, models or digital creations.
  • The explosion that Russell caused by flying into the weapon was the same explosion effect used for the destruction of the Empire State Building. The VFX-Team just turned the effect upside down.

References

  1. Independence Day: Resurgence
  2. Independence Day: Crucible
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