Although you might assume The Accountant in Drive Angry
is immortal and has no need to celebrate trivial milestones like
birthdays, but the vault loves a birthday. The vault also loves That Guys
so that’s why I could not pass up the chance to wish William Fichtner a
happy 56th birthday! We’re celebrating with a look back at his role as
Colonel Willie Sharp in Michael Bay’s 1998 film Armageddon.
After a meteor shower rains down in the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on portions of New York City and Finland, NASA commander Dan Truman (Billy Bob Thornton) and his scientists confirm the devastation is but a prelude. An asteroid the size of Texas is hurtling towards the Earth and its impact will trigger an extinction level event. The single best option NASA devises is to send two teams of astronauts onto the asteroid to drill an eight-hundred foot hole and drop a nuke into its core. To prep the mission crew and refine the equipment, Truman recruits Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis), the best driller in the world, to train them. With only 18 days, Harry can’t train astronauts the fine art of drilling so he and his rowdy crew of men are instead given a crash course on space travel and sent into the ether to teach this massive hunk of cosmic rock you don’t tread on our Earth.